Font design taking stock of 2015 and loving handmade typefaces
Last year was a big deal for me. I quit my job and decided to concentrate on font design (and photography). A scary decision at the time but it’s going well and I’m loving being my own boss.
Don’t look back in anger
As 2016 rolls in and I’ve had my week in the snow, its time to start working with a vengeance and give 2016 a kick in the ass.
But before I do.
I thought it was time to take stock of my work, to see the font design bigger picture. Reviewing what I’ve done. This should help me to keep on exploring. Keep on evolving and keep on experimenting.
A font design journey of sorts
I don’t even know how many typefaces I’ve designed so let’s kick off with the last font design I released.
I remember trying to name Buckley, my mind was a blank. I was listening to Song to the Siren and it hit me—Buckley.
It has wobbly lines and decorative serifs to give that informal retro feel. I really enjoyed creating Buckley.Get font
My obsession with hand drawn fonts shows no sign of stopping. Another serif display type with the human touch.
I had a lot of fun creating it.Get font
A delicate little font that I created in illustrator with my graphics tablet. Thin with organic curly serifs, now I look back I wish I had created a bold version.Get font
Balham to Brooklyn
Inspired by my other attempts at creating a script font. This was a war of attrition and took me longer to create than any other font.
I created contextual alternatives so that all the letters joined seamlessly. Each letter had a beginning, middle and end version.
Oh and I remember it was a beast to kern. I do like this font, but it was a total ball ache to create.Get font
My first proper attempt at creating a script typeface. My aim was to give the feeling of handwriting. It has numerous ligatures and alternatives to make it look more realistic.
I remember looking at loads of handwriting samples for this design.Get font
Gallow tree was my attempt at a horror font. I created it with a brush pen to get those tapered ends to each letter.
I created this font from start to finish in one day. It took me longer to create all the display images.Get font
In the wood
Yet another hand drawn font, more of an experiment that anything else.
I was still on the horror vibe, not sure why? It’s distressed and messy, just the way I like it.Get font
I was looking at a lot of hand drawn lettering on Behance at the time. Not of the script type, but of the bold custom lettering that is still popular now. I thought I had to have a go at that.
I did, and I also created six versions of it—they took forever to create.
I was never entirely happy with what I created, but when I look back I’m never happy—always room for improvement.Get font
I created this back in 2013 I think, it took me 10 minutes to create. By far the quickest font I’ve ever created.
I had a request to add more glyphs, so I created all the Western, Central and South-Eastern glyphs and re-released it.Get font
My love of handmade is still very dominant in my work. What can I say—I like grunge, I like pens and I love retro.
I’ve got a western inspired font in the pipeline and a bold wobbly display typeface. You can view my full font collection at my creative market shop.
Onwards and upwards.
That is all.