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The Sketchbook font project – Day Five

Another modular concept! My idea was to create letters that could be rotated 90° to create other letters, for example C > U > N > D and B > M > E > W. Meantime, in making my Japanese/Chinese comic lettering font for Comicraft, I learned that Kanji are constructed by combining several words […]

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The Sketchbook Font Project – Day Four

Connected script fonts are always tough, so I saved this one for later in the week! It started with this pair of sketches I drew years apart, with a similar thick/thin connected look. The alphabet was pretty well developed in the sketch, so I traced ’em all in Illustrator: 2. getting them scaled and aligned […]

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The Sketchbook Font Project – Day Three

Here’s a concept i’ve been kicking around for years: to design a few basic shapes that can be rotated and flipped around to create all of the letters and numbers. ⁠ The results are kinda primitive & kinda sci-fi, and I end up coming back to it whenever I’m sketching designs for a sci-fi logo. […]

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The Sketchbook Font Project – Day Two

This one has kind of a goth metal vibe to it. I traced a few of the letters in Illustrator, then brought them into Glyphs, and used those pieces to construct other letters. As it started coming together, I noticed the L connecting to the other letters in some interesting ways. Continued it with the […]

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1950s Rams

Beachwood: inside the numbers

The third big source of inspiration for Beachwood came into play when it was nearly finished. I noticed the street sign numbers looked a lot like uniform jersey numbers. Sports is a big part of LA’s history and culture, so I thought, how can I make this the ultimate uniform number font? Warning: we’re going […]

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Road signs and font testing

Signs point to Beachwood

Five years ago I had the mind-bending experience of visiting the Mendenhall Museum in Buellton, an incredible collection of road signs and other car memorabilia. It sits only about 45 minutes north of me, but it felt like a time machine that took me back 70 years: I was especially fascinated by these road signs, […]

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Painting letters on the high school walls

I took some time off this week from making letters onscreen to make some on walls! ⁠At the end of last school year, my son’s high school principal asked if I could help liven up the campus over the summer with some signs to help new (and even current) students to find their way around […]

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