Some hand type work from the last year or so….


New Concept


From working at a stationers that deals with fine pens, I have been aware of the concept of Penmanship- the act of writing with the hand. But what about the idea of drawing with the hand, or the art of drawing letters – not writing? I coin the word Pencilmanship to describe this act because it sounds fitting to the art-form, it was a nice project  to illustrate and also its going to wind up some of my friends.


Celebrating Bartrums


To celebrate the first year of Bartrums (Im very early with this, Its not for Another three weeks!) I decided to get some celebration pencils, that’s Tombow 100 year celebration pencils and re-visit some formal script work. These pencils performed excellently, they fill very evenly and put up with my heavy hand very well considering how I sharpen them.


The Weekly Whatever

The second whatever. This was about contrast originally, but I wanted to focus on classical typography white letter specifically, so I dug out my Printing Design and Layout and found this passage. I used Baskervill as it is a classic font with good contrast between the thicks and the thins. Brief: Two point sizes, Two colours, a section that is inverted, the use of a seriffed font. Font- ITC Baskerville.

Simeon’s response:

Introducing The Weekly Whatever

The beginning of a new weekly project with Pica creative (Simeon Georgive). He started doing mini projects that were to take no more than 10 mins. We decided that it would be cool to see how two people deal with the same strict -10mins ONLY on the same small brief dictating number of words title and amount of objects, all contained in a 13cm square at 150DPI.

This paticular one was 150 words and 2 shapes. See Simeons here

Post from March 2010 about the font Kabel

Post from March 2010 about the font Kabel, for all the font fanatics


I’ve seen an increase of the font Geometr and especially the 231 version (If I’ve identified it right; well it seems to be this version anyway) in advertising and branding. They think that it is right font for the Brakes brand, what about this very modern looking font says food distribution company?


 It has been at the back of my mind turning itself over and over, “why Geometr?” And not just for Brakes. But why is this font becoming Popular?
I have come to a conclusion, It may not be the right one, but it is at the very least a thought-
After thinking heavily on peoples passive reaction to Helvetica replacing Johnston’s Underground font at one of London’s stations; I think that the similarity between sans serifs is a factor; It wouldn’t be that much of a change to the ordinary person to see one sans serif replace another.
Since the 60’s Helvetica has been popping up everywhere. So many companies re-branded themselves using this font (usually as the result of branding agencies.) It has held on as well, I am sure that in the western world everyone reads Helvetica more than once a day, whether they are aware of it or not. So is it time for a change? Has another font got to make the rounds like Helvetica?

This is where Geometr steps in, especially the forms like 231. They are obviously different form other sans serif fonts whilst not being too different to scare people off. It looks contemporary as well, almost like it was designed yesterday even though  it wasn’t. For these reasons I believe that Geometr might make the re-branding rounds like Helvetica, but as to say if it will be as successful as Helvetica; we will have to wait and see if it catches on and snowballs.

The designer was Rudolf Koch (1876-1934.) I think that Geometr was inspired by Kabel (which Koch designed), as Geometr 231 is almost a replica. It seems that the fonts weren’t released until 70’s (Kabel) and 80’s (Geometr)


I later found out that it is indeed a replica, digitized by Bitstream.

Experimental Typography

click on image to link to flickr set

The experimental typography project allowed me to do something that was completely different. I set some indulgent parameters to begin with; I wanted it to be completed by hand and I wanted it to be in colour, but aside from those restrictions I allowed myself to do whatever. I got into ‘cut ups’ inspired by the Dadaists and found out that William Burroughs and David Bowie used them also. I used the technique to create the poem and then cut up Ariel (well used the top left and bottom right of Ariel) to illustrate it.

Really enjoyed the freedom of this brief even if I am a little unhappy with the outcome.