WSU Art Museum: Travis Thomas

This is a piece from a collection of a bunch of words the rhyme with “News”. I did not get the artists name.

For my example, I chose a word from the collection of rhyming words that showcases the type of detail and attention to detail that I hope to achieve with my font. I think that it very well captures the essence of what people first think of when they here the word “News” and I hope to be able to do the same with my font for retro bicycles. The little flair that he puts on the letters is what really allows them to feel as they belong in the head of a newspaper and small details are what makes the bikes from my era so cool and timeless. With this in mind, I hope to be able to take some of the details of the bike’s structure and styling and incorporate them into my font.

This example also shows that you don’t need to have a ton of really crazy elaborate letters in order to capture the spirit of a text or in this case genera. I will be keeping this in mind when designing my font because bikes from this area have some very precise styling but overall have simplistic structure and I want to be able to capture both of those elements in my font making it essential not to make it to flashy. This is an example of a handmade typeface as well which is the style that I will be going for even though I am making my font in illustrator. I want it to look like it was “crafted” or “handmade” rather than super computerized. That being said it needs to be somewhat sharp because a lot of the pieces that went on these bikes were machined or cast into the shape they are in by molds making them overall fairly precise. I hope to be able to make the viewer feel that my font is meant to be related to the bikes.

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