willem visser's blog

Over the past couple of years I've become really interested in fonts. I'm a maths teacher by day and amateur designer and now amateur typographer by night (and by weekend and school holiday). I have designed a font before, but I made every rookie mistake possible.

So then I bought this very helpful book titled 'Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces' by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals which I am thoroughly enjoying and from which I am learning a lot. I also learn a lot from typophile.com and from just observing the world around me - that's one thing I love about type, it's everywhere.

My first font is called 'happy pebble'. The look is based on this idea I got for the lower case 'a'. In my mind it looked a bit like a sculpted pebble you might find on the beach. I've only yet completed the lower case characters and the project still hasn't left Illustrator.

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