Font design is a complex design issue, barely raised in my old design classes. Getting a minimum of 26 upper and lowercase letters to work together to form words along with punctuation, numbers, accents, and other foreign language characters – you get one daunting task.
Over the years, I have dabbled in font design. While I have never released anything, into the wild, these are a few designs I feel confident talking about on my blog.
Inspired by 80s era neon signs.
This was my first attempt at font design. Done way back in 1998, this was a make work project to teach me how to use Fontographer. While it looks crude today, it still can make nice words and short phrases. Perhaps one day I will update the worst offending glyphs. Mostly the “S”, ”E”, and “F”.
Inspired by the likes of the Tron and Terminator movie franchises. A very masculine and techno looking typeface.
An experiment in type design, Bit Map simply started out as Helvetica with an Illustrator effect applied to it. A year or so of painfully tweaking the results left me with this – a totaly different and unique looking display font.
Still a bit of a work in progress. A simple sans serif font inspired by the fun magnetic letters of my childhood. In fact, I have hopes of getting a version of this one laser cut in plastic shapes. Named after my son.
Loosely inspired by a really small and low resolution shot from Calvin Klien’s Eternity men’s cologne I found while Googling for something else (honest). Had to make up a lot of new letters.