Nadine is an elegant script inspired by a set of initials the French designer and artist, Bernard Naudin, drew for Deberny & Peignot in the 1920s. The typeface is called “Nadine” because it sounds similar to Naudin (which was already taken as a font name) – and thus pays further homage to the original designer.
One of the most underestimated designers of his time, Naudin preferred to “follow his own music” rather than creating typefaces that were merely fashionable. Gert Wiescher, the designer of Nadine, painstakingly drew three sets of characters using the original Naudin capital letters as his model. These are intended to work together to create custom and personalized headlines. The “Normal” font has modest capitals and open lowercase letters which are perfect for longer blocks of copy, while the “Extra” font has slightly narrower capitals and a different set of lowercase letters – in addition to a suite of medieval ciphers. Finally, the “StartEnd” font contains elaborate capitals to begin a line of text and lowercase “ending” letters to finish paragraphs and blocks of copy. All three are available as a convenient font package.