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.)

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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.

Precinct


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?

Art Deco Typeface


This typeface is something I made in my first year. I love anything Art Deco, and this fan shape is often seen in jewellery and interior design from the Deco era. Inspired by this, I drew lowercase letters using fan shapes for the verticals, paired with a hairline stroke. It is quite an unusual and obviously uninformed approach to making a typeface–in that it is a Didone style, but the fan shapes confuse where the stress lies in the letters. Can you see, for example, how the vertical lines on the g aren’t running parallel?

This is an early learning curve on Illustrator; I didn’t even know there was a circle tool, which is why there are so many imperfections on many of the letters! As this typeface only exsists on Illustrator, I had to put the quote together one letter at a time.