Eyja is a revival project from my Type@Cooper program in 2021. It is based on a serif typeface found in an 1852 edition of ‘Visit to Iceland and The Scandinavian North’ by Ida Pfeiffer. I discovered the book through a book collector on Facebook Marketplace during the Melbourne lockdown, when all the antique book shops were closed.
‘Eyja’ is the plural genitive of the word ‘ey’, which means ‘island’ in Old Icelandic. While searching for glyph reference in the book, I was struck by the excellent narrative and observations made by Ida Pfeiffer. Her words made the process of digitising the scan and drawing the letters much more enjoyable.