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.)

Plenty more fish in the sea…

Here’s a quick post about an idea I had a while ago. My sketchbook is full of new font concepts which often don’t get very far; I’ll sometimes start with the letter A and only get as far as B before realising it won’t work.

In this example, I attempted a ‘fish eye’ typeface. There are a few letters which look pretty funky, but overall I just don’t think this is ever going to become an accomplished typeface. When you see a few ‘o’s together, oooo, the surrounding white space is balanced in an uncomfortable way; these letters are never going to fit together beautifully, nor is the negative space going to look correct.

As ever, I love to hear what you guys think; please let me know if you think any of these letter look okay, if there’s any in particular you hate, or if you’ve had a go at this style yourself.


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?


These are more initial sketches for my Animalphabet project. The hexagonal bee typeface is obviously inspired by honeycomb. Although this is quite an obvious approach to a bee font, it has opened up the idea of using tessellating shapes as letterforms, which is something I have explored since. The third image is of my zebra typeface; using the mane as a base for the letters, it’s a Didone-style font with bristley hairs and thin strokes.


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.