Custom and Recovered Typography

As part of my degree, I created several typefaces from found or ‘lost’ typography, creating an entire alphabet from a limited number of characters.

The first typeface, Shark, was taken from a local pub menu in Cambridge which sported quirky, awkward angles that made designing the whole set a challenge, but an entertaining one.

The second comes from the 1953 book ‘Flights into the Future’, the typeface was used internally and it struck me as a somewhat unique italicised san-serif that I’d not seen before, from what I found in the book I recreated it digitally.

The third typeface was custom made for a conceptual African safari guide, purely decorative and painted by hand with brush and ink, inspired by the tribal markings of rural African tribes.