Tiny Paper Shapes

This project created a new typeface, using the theme ‘geometric blackletter.’ This involved combining the old-fashioned complexity and elegance of traditional blackletter, with the precision and simplicity of modern geometric designs. These two themes conflict, so it was an interesting challenge trying to bring them into a harmonious balance.

I chose to approach the task by creating the letterforms themselves entirely out of negative space, using only ovals and triangles to mould that space. That way, the clean geometric shapes would introduce the modernity, while the blend of straight edges from the triangles, and curved edges from the ovals would create negative forms to create a blackletter aesthetic.

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