Exercise: A typographic jigsaw puzzle

For this exercise I had to take the de-constructed parts of the typeface Baskerville and turn them into this pangram:

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”

Here’s the result:


I used tracing paper to piece together the different elements before tracing them onto the lines:



I found the task harder than expected! There’s a few letters, namely the ‘a’ and ‘z’ that look like they’re not quite right. I think a few of the serifs got left behind as I wasn’t sure where they were supposed to go!

I think it has made me think more about all the components that go together to make letters in a new light. I think I’ll find it hard to create my own typeface!


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