During the first semester at TypeMedia, we were asked to make a revival out of a font. The font had to be chosen from a second-hand book printed before 1940. This would lead to a whole lot of research about aspects such as: designer, foundry, nationality, pedigree, stylistic period, existing revivals… The revival work itself then consisted of digitizing the font using gathered information and old specimens, adding our own interpretations and improvements to it while still remaining faithful to the book. Ronaldson Old Style is the typeface I based my revival on, the result of which is a font called Ronald. Initially designed and cut by Alexander Kay in 1884, it was subsequently copied by several foundries and was particularly interesting to me because of its mechanical drawing and highly pronounced, confident serifs. Normally, such design and punchcutting details are considered «ornamental» in nature, which makes them undesirable in text faces. But Alexander Kay’s keen eye and experience in text faces beat all the odds. Shortly after its release and partly due to its majestic capitals, Ronaldson Old Style became the best selling Nineteenth century face and continued as such until the early 1920s. The italic part is in progress.