I have been interested in type development since early in my undergrad studies under Marcus Melton, who introduced me to Fontographer in the late 90s. I made a few clunky fonts back then, both of which have been lost to digital history. If I recall correctly, one was an attempt at a Russian Constructivist typeface, and the other was a grungy, splattery face created with a set of alphabet sponges dipped in India ink.
I loved the idea that with relatively simple technology, I could create my own typefaces. But, over time my attention was diverted to drawing and painting and printmaking and screenprinting, so type development took a bit of a backseat. However, I’ve now discovered a new type development app called Glyphs, and I’m blown away by it’s ease of use. It may not have all of the features of Fontographer (at least not Glyphs Mini, which I’m using), but it’s also not as clunky or expensive as Fontographer.
At any rate, regardless of the technology, I love drawing letters, and systems of letters. I’m posting these examples here for you to look at, but also to download and use as you will. I only ask that you let me know how you are using them, and send me an image or link where I can see it at work.
This typeface is a collection of repeatable halftone patterns. I’ve used patterns of this sort for years, and only recently realized I could utilize them as a typeable font.
This typeface was inspired by Wim Crouwel’s beautiful octagonal Architype.
I love bitmap fonts. This one is made up of nice and chunky squares.
I wanted to create a new-wavish typeface that utilized a chaotic diversity across the character set.
This is a photocopied-to-death typeface.
This typeface was extrapolated from Halftone Swatch combined with Fort, so I would type with insane pattens.
Fort was designed as a derivative of an industrial sans serif I created a million years ago. It serves as a foundation for some of the other faces that require that very simple appearance.
This is my version of an art deco face. I also wanted to experiment with color typefaces in FontSelf, and this overprint-inspired color fit the bill.
This typeface is an experiment in minimalist/brutalist type development.
There’s something addictive about developing this sort of lettering. It’s like a puzzle I can’t stop trying to solve.
This is another collection of pattern samples, but masked into Futura Bold.