Pop – a display-font

A type specimen in blog-post format

After a year and a half at home, quarantined, and working, this alphabet came to me.

First, in the form of an h.

I draw on top of things on my sketchbook…. it is a mess

I had been looking at an older book called “The Art of Calligraphy.” I have never had formal training in calligraphy before but have always been fascinated with its intricacy. Taking inspiration and techniques from the book, I started doodling some of the alphabets for fun. I enjoyed the hand movements, the markings on the page, and all these extra marks that aren’t as prominent in type anymore.

“Gothic Capital”
“Bastard Secretary” – name in the book Art of Calligraphy

I love typography! But I never explored type in my work in a personal way. It always felt like a deity; untouchable to the likes of me – those who had never studied calligraphy. But this semester I got to teach typography for the first time and it changed my view on type. I was able to further understand it.

That maximum – when you have to teach something that’s when you actually learn it – was one of my biggest takeaways in my teaching this semester. By teaching type I learned type.

This alphabet is the spillage of my admiration for type.

The characters just evolved from one another, quite fast actually (could have used more time; it is a work in progress; nothing is ever done, yadda yadda yadda…). From the H I collected key information for the other letters: proportion, width, x-height and ascender, and contrast.

With these elements in hand, I could break up the shape of the H into its smaller pieces to apply to the other letters as they were created.

While drawing the H I focused on contrast and boldness. So I took these attributed and created a cohesive* alphabet that embraced these characteristics.

It could be more cohesive, it also has terrible kerning… ugh

Once I had all the letters I could start applying them to different purposes. I made some posters, stickers, and I am working on making some animations with them.

my personality
if google had a sense of humor
mix with photo

New single form Anitta

I’ve also explored pattern making with the letters.

That’s it. I just wanted to get this post out. I want to do a more in-depth analysis of each letter and how I can improve them in the future.

Published by Vitoria, no C

Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University BFA in Graphic Design and New Art Media from the University of North Dakota MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University

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