A RETROSPECTIVE HANDWRITing FONT

Quite a while ago I came across a few old fashioned handwriting-style fonts that caught my attention. I started collecting all sorts of script types from logos, packaging and commercial typefaces.

Pretty soon I decided to create a typeface in that style myself. The result is a stylistic mix between handwriting and letterset type. Designed for headlines, labels and lettering.

 
 
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INSPIRATION & STYLISTIC APPROACH
 

After a while of comparing and analysing these typefaces I solidified specific aspects I liked about each piece and formed an idea

in my head. After my first font only consisted of capital letters I decided to go a bit further and create a full letterset this time.

 

The font should:

Examples

consist of connected letters

 

have a calligraphic brush ductus with heterogene strokewidths

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be italic

 

have a consistent and homogene look.

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remain spikes like blackletter fonts or graffiti. Feel rather hard and not too playful.

 
 

 
 

SKETCHING

I bought a calligraphy pen and started scribbling loads of characters.
I scanned the ones I liked and traced them in Adobe Illustrator.

 
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ORDER THE CHAOS

The font shouldn't look like actual handwriting, but more like a stylised, straightened version of it. It also should go with a large x-height and a condensed character.  Therefore I created a grid which the letters got integrated in.

MAKING THE FONT

I decided to continue with Glyphs App to have a nice tracking and kerning, while keeping all pairs of letters seamlessly connected. This was a quite intense and time consuming process.

 
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DETAILS

numbers, diacritics, punctuation and ligatures

 
 

 
 

MORE DETAILS

Some character combinations looked weird so I started to create positional alternates
(initial, medial, terminal and isolated).

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NEVER ENDING STORY

Working on this font for more than two years, seemed like becoming a never ending story.
I could have easily reworked all letters again and again, but at certain point I decided to finalise the font and share it with the world.