Inspired by the font made by Jon Calleja (see previous post), I began to work on a font for the word Collaborate.
I wanted to give the font a playful feel, so handwritten seemed best, to give that loose feel. I guess because I wanted to covey collaboration as a joyful, fun thing rather than intense or serious looking.
I started with a font that I made with all the letters connected, a continuous line drawing.
Looking at this it felt much too fragile and too lose to be visible against a background so I tried filling out the outline shape a bit more. But I still felt unhappy with the size of the letters so moved on to enlarge it again.
After the third version of the font I began with I wasn’t happy with it, and realized it didn’t look much like the font which I’d hope to use as a reference (the one by Jon Calleja).
With that in mind I drew a new font, which sat much more centrally in the page, with a greater sense of cohesion/uniform across the letters. I took the idea of giving it a 3D feel by giving the letters a 3D edge. See below for the first version:
I was much happier with this font so felt able to move on to defining the font further using a fine black pen around the edges:
I then began to think about what background/context I wanted to sit the lettering in, more to come on that in part 3.