Contrakt, a text typeface family consisting of six styles, was my final project for the Type@Cooper Extended Program. It was inspired by my need for a friendly, yet credible, trustworthy, and inviting alternative to the system fonts that are typically used in contracts. Though its design was informed by the specific needs of contracts, it works just as well in any context that demands an authoritative typographic identity that is neither austere nor cold.
Melantius was my first semester project for the Type@Cooper Extended Program. The assignment was to find a book from before 1945 with a modern or transitional typeface and revive that typeface. I picked Cheshire House’s 1932 edition of Beaumont & Fletcher’s The Maide’s Tragedy.
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
15” x 22”. Steel folded pen and walnut ink on Khadi Rag paper. The style was inspired by a handful of 20th-century typefaces like Legende, Stentor, Reiner Script, Mistral, and Derby, and, in particular, by Carl Rohrs’ calligraphic brush interpretation of Legende.
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44" x 30". Soennecken 2.5 nib with walnut ink on Rives BFK paper. The x-height is approximately 3/8".
12” × 12”. Mitchell 2.5 nib and Higgins Sepia ink on Ingres d’Arches MBM paper.
6" x 9". The letters are made from cut paper. The papers are Hahnemühle Ingres and Huun Amate.
The first step in making this piece was writing it with a broad edged pen. Then I switched to pencil and made some adjustments to the connections between the letters so that the whole piece of cut paper would hold together. Finally, I transferred it to the Hahnemühle Ingres and cut it out with an X-acto blade.