some type samples that inspired me
I went into this mentorship really thinking I was going to be doing a blackletter font. But after my research, I realized I wanted to go another direction. On Pinterest and type foundry websites I found so many cool contemporary fonts, I had to try my hand at it.
But I still did some research on blackletter, and found the Italian blackletter Rotunda, which became my foundation for Aletti.
start of the ideation process
The Ideation period of this project was a lot of trial and error, and exploration. I went through quite a few iterations of Aletti but I think I could have explored more. I think due to the time framed I committed to my first idea I like, which is something I do frequently, where I should have experimented more.
illustrator file where I traced my drawings of Aletti
The process of distilling the shapes I wanted down once I had the shapes in Illustrator where I could really see the whole set of characters together and tweak things.
I tried fitting characters together to form words and played with the weight of the strokes and looked closer at the negative space by squinting and trying to make everything feel uniform.
transferring the font to Glyphs
Refining came in Glyphs quite naturally because Glyphs is made for typographers and allowed me to get rid of the extra points I had, and to smooth out the curves.
Here you can see the h before and after using Glyphs, the curve is smoothed out and still retains the nuance of the font but feels far more sophisticated.
Working with Kenneth was great however I feel as though I feel like I learned so much through the process that this font is no longer viable. So in terms of making a project that I’m satisfied with, that didn’t happen. However, I am very thankful to have this experience so I can go forward with what I learned. I took an unorthodox approach which I now sort of regret because I probably could have learned more if I made a sans serif or something with more of a solidified history and practice.
All in all though, it was a great exercise and it was really nice to learn without the confines of the classroom and to take control of my own education.