I’m really enjoying experimenting with typography at the moment. I wanted a hand crafted style typeface for a project I am working on and rather than using one that hundreds of other people have downloaded, I decided to make my own.
I love the hand crafted look of Henri Matisses’ paper cut outs so I adopted his technique to make my letters.
The letters I cut out of paper weren’t based on an existing typeface as I wanted it to feel mismatched and hand crafted. As I was cutting I started to find happy accidents that made nice typeface features, such as the diagonal edges on ascenders and descenders of letters.
The letters looked a little rough at this stage, so I photographed them, traced over the image and smartened up any rough areas.
I plan to create a whole typeface using paper letters eventually – 15 letters down, 11 more to go…
More about this project soon!