|Shown here||ITC Anna Std|
Designer Daniel Pelavin started the design of Anna in the mid-1980s when he drew a few letters for an Aramis Cologne holiday promotion. He continued to use these letter for various projects, always adding new characters. The design became a family matter when Pelavin’s wife, graphic designer Lorraine Louie, used the alphabet on their wedding invitation in 1988. They used it again for the birth announcement of their daughter, Anna, a year later.
It was alphabet Anna’s appearance on Louie’s business stationery that first brought the design to ITC’s attention. In 1990, ITC asked Pelavin to develop a typeface based on the letterforms, and ITC Anna was released as a single design in 1991.
A couple of years later, Pelavin created a suite of swash and alternate characters for the design. Eventually, ITC asked Pelavin to draw a bold weight to complement the original release. ITC Anna Extended is the result.