I design typefaces. Sorta. More accurately, I should say that every now and then I’ll start sketching out an idea for some kooky new lettering and before I know it I’ve put an entire alphabet together. Naturally, it occurs to me that a finished set of letters is a big step towards a complete typeface, and that it might be fun to finish it and possibly even release it for others to use. So I start drafting up some plans for the rest of the character set, come up with a suitably pretentious name, and settle in for the long haul.
Then the honeymoon ends. Fast. Unfortunately, as much as I love all things related to typography and type design, a few things always get in the way. For one, a single typeface is only so useful; to really contribute something significant, I’d like to flesh out a complete family with at least a bold weight and corresponding obliques or italics. But that’s a shitvat of work, and 9 times out of 10 my attention has drifted off to something else (like cat videos on YouTube) before the thought has even finished crossing my mind.
Then I consider the idea of kerning and whatever interest I had left in the endeavor is shot straight to hell. In fact, let me clarify my earlier comment about loving all things related to typography and type design: I love all things related to typography and type design except kerning, which is the single most miserable experience a human can endure without literally being on fire. Literally. And this is coming from someone who never exaggerates. I’d rather get a root canal and a vasectomy at the same time. At the DMV. While watching every season of Two and a Half Men simultaneously. While getting a hernia exam from a hobo. I’ll go so far as to officially proclaim that I will never create a complete typeface until the day comes when kerning is entirely automated by an army of superintelligent robots (preferably sexy robots, but those clunky square-shaped ones are fine too).
Anyway, I forgot what I was talking about, but here’s five specimens and twenty posters to put a handful of those semi-complete typefaces I’ve made over the years to use. Enjoy! View more of Alex’s work at alexvaranese.com.