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Swashy Coffee Mercy Mug

Been a while since I put something up on my typophile blog. This wraps around a coffee mug. When you have 2 toddlers as I do, coffee is mercy indeed. Have fun out there typophiles.

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af-Fixing Futura - The Slab

In the course of the "Fixing Futura" client project, a slab version came in handy. There certainly has been a recent uptick in the slab choices: grotesque slabs, humanist slabs, geometric slabs etc. Firmly in the strict geometric camp, I like how this has some of the old school flavor of Lubalin Graph and Rockwell, without the eccentricities.

You may also notice I tried some of the suggestions from the previous thread including a vertical sheer on the c and s.

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Campy Counter Culture

I dipped back into the campy hand-lettering inkwell for this recent job:

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Fixing Futura

I'm in the midst of a client project where I've been asked to tinker with Futura. Here is a sample that examine the bold and what is needed (IMO) to fix it. I think Lucas DeGroot has redone Futura for VW for many of the same reasons, but I haven't taken a close look at his results. Not sure what is so satisfying about shooting botox into an aging font, but it sure is fun! (and instructive)

Spot the fixes:

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Moped Launched

Wanted to wrap up the Moped development in the blog here on typophile in case people find it later. Moped is now available at Veer: Individual fonts, or the complete family.

Release thread here:

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Campy handlettering is addictive

Had some fun putting these event fliers and a t-shirt together for my church. Very much enjoying this campy hand-lettered style.

Event Fliers:


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Arial Redux, complete lowercase

[Edit: This idea started in the Fix Arial Type Battle]

I was casting around on a client project for a sans where I could modify the n & m to match the geometric look of the logo (stemless) for their identity package. The project gave me an excuse to tinker on the Arial alphabet. Here's the lc (with alt n m) and a text setting:

I don't expect this to go further anytime soon. There's just enough to meet the deadline for the stationary package.

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Defiant Battle Type, Even More Progress

I need to come up with a new scheme for titling these posts. Either that, or stop making progress.

First we have the basically complete:

And here is a peek at:

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Defiant Battle Type, More Progress

Coming down the home stretch on the Moped Script. For the sake of getting it out the door, I'm going to release this, then possibly other weights or versions.

It features the straight and curl versions, contextual alternates for appropriate joins, and language support covering latin for Europe. Specifically: Afrikaans, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Sami, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Turkish.

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Defiant Battle Type Progress

Hi all,

I've been banging away turning what started as a harmless diversion into a working typeface. This is my first script type, so it took some doing getting high/low joins and alts. At the moment I'm fleshing out the uppercase which is trickier than I expected.

Here are some talking points:

• I'm thinking of calling it Moped Script. Thoughts?
• I have alts that create a non-looped version. Should loops be default, or straight?
• Occasionally loops crash into neighbors. I don't want to add letterspacing. What do you think of the contextual alts in these cases? (I like the descenders, but not ascenders)
• Should I make the caps work in all cap setting? Is it important that they physically connect to the lowercase

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