More Randoms

We’re heading towards the end of my third year university sketchbook, where genuinely good ideas are frustratingly sparse and every other page is either a to-do list or a snippet of mad, midnight-written dissertation. So here’s to the random pages!

I have attempted a few 3D typefaces in the past, and this time I was determined to get my head around it properly. A few of these pages are just working out which way the letters would face, how many different variations you would need to create, and if letters can comfortably fit in this space.

The last page is particularly random; Leeds-based design studio UNIT were coming to give us a talk at University, and I was creating the promotional poster for the lecture. What is a single unit of hundreds and thousands called? I don’t know, but the plan was to create a typeface out of them. Did it ever happen? No, and neither did the talk… but it’s something I’ll get to eventually.

(In case you’re wondering, the shopping list was for Risotto Night, which was a renowned success.)



Apologies for my lateness, aparently when I say ‘tomorrow’ I actually mean ‘in a month.’

Recently I showed you the initial sketches for the commissioned typeface ‘Precinct.’ The rules I set myself for the characters were to use 45, 60 and 90 degree angles, making the letters very blocky and bold.

Without harping on, here are the letters:

I hope that as you look at these letters, you can begin to see large geometric shapes appearing behind them. For example, if you look along the line of ‘c’s and the first ‘d,’ it creates a horizontal arrow.

This feature of the typeface is almost like a stereogram, in that once you begin seeing the hidden shapes more seem to emerge. In this way, the font can be used to build blocky shapes like the ones it is inspired by; it is a very unique quirk which can be interpreted and manipulated by anybody using it.

Please let me know what you think of this typeface, how you might use it or whether you see any shapes behind the letters?


Here is my Jay typeface – another part of my Animalphabet brief from last year, I spent quite a while creating these letters and using them in a variety of ways.

My mum’s favourite bird is a jay, and she’s got a stuffed one (right) which inspired me to create this typeface. I like the flash of bright blue contrasting with the soft brown feathers, and felt it could create an interesting start to some letterforms.

The basic shapes I’ve used to make the letters is taken from the soft curvature of feathers, with an upright stress to still convey the strength of a flying animal. The flashes of blue on each letter identify the typeface to a jay, rather than any other bird. Looking back now, I realise that idiosyncratic qualities like this need only be applied to a few chosen letters, rather than taking over the entire alphabet. I screenprinted this typeface onto a few different surfaces, including canvas bags.