Workshop: Type Specimen

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Today we had a typographic workshop with Kim Vousden. Looking at type specimens, and trying to look at typefaces outside of the drop down menu.

Using Typekit, Google Fonts and type foundries such as Emigre to find a typeface, I came across a typeface called Arbutus on Google Fonts which I totally fell for. A kind of

cowboy/western looking  slab serif with overly pronounced spikey corners, which gives it a slightly more gothic tinge.

The process of making it into an A3 double sided poster I found quite therapeutic. The graphic nature of the typeface pulls you in certain directions and it was quite fun finding what worked, and what that meant. I ended up with something that resembles a film poster for a Hitchcock or Tarantino film. Which is probably definitely not a bad thing. And it definitely shows off the typeface well.

Final piece > > >


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