These pages are all initial sketches for a project called Animalphabet. The idea was to create a series of typefaces inspired by different animals. I didn’t want it to be too obvious; for example using leopard-print, and I wanted to draw inspiration from a variety of unusual animals, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. (e.g. ant font, bear font, cheetah font)
Here you can see the first thoughts on a giraffe font, which uses the angle of the animals neck to determine the ascender and descender strokes. The most elaborate design is inspired by a jay, with feather-shaped upright strokes and terminals, and more delicate detailing.