Experimentations in Typography, Day 1


Yesterday, having some time on my hands, I decided to do a little experimenting with drawing type. Inspired by Jessica Hische and her truly out-of-this-world typographic and illustrative work, I thought it might be fun to try my hand at designing some typefaces too. It was a really interesting and fun project. The sans-serif font, which I'm sure is quite similar to what the first attempt at creating a typeface looks like from most designer's, is all based on the letter 'o'. I discovered that 'o' is really the key to the whole alphabet. It sets the letter widths, x-heights and plays a big roll in the construction of many of the letters. The script face was much more difficult and I didn't end up creating the whole alphabet, only the letters I needed. In the end, I'm really happy with the way that both of the faces look - not too polished, but with a bit of a hand-drawn and personal feel.

Experimentations in Typography, Day 1 = fun!


Have a great Thursday (I can't believe it's already Thursday - I don't want this week to end!),


  1. I want this week to end! Yeesh you Vienna people and your Vienna extensive holidays.

    I love that script! How did you do it?

  2. I need my holidays, the kiddies make me crazzzzy!
    I made both of them in illustrator with the grid turned on. point and click, point and click.

  3. That first one is SO stunning. Polished indeed! I love it, just love it.

  4. oh, i really like the first one.

  5. love the first one. what will it be called?

  6. it reminds me of archer hairline!!!

  7. Ooo... love this. I left a question on your Flickr stream wanting to know what the font was, but now I see it's all your very own. Nice work. Any thoughts on realeasing it as a font? :)

  8. Way to go Bess. Reminds me of the love movement cover from Tribe called Quest

  9. super cool! have you seen the website:
    - it's kind of silly, kind of fun, kind of hilarious...

  10. thanks the nice comments everyone :) not sure if i'll release it as a font, should investigate how to even do that!!
    @Last Minute Mel: I have done the "what type are you test", I'm archer hairline! Such a fun test, I loved it!


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