Fuller Display Light
If you were around me at anytime over the past two months, you probably already know that for my Advance Typography class I’ve been spending the majority of my time designing a typeface. So I’m proud to show what eventually became the last project I turned in for entire college career: Fuller Display Light. The typeface was inspired by a few letterform ideas I found in my sketchbook (most notably the capital “A”) and discovering the Jonathan Hoefler designed his first typeface, Hoefler Text, when he was twenty-one. Typography has always been central to my design process and designing a face of my own has been something I’ve always wanted to try and now seemed the perfect time to give it a go.
Fuller Display Light is based on a few of my favorite faces and if you are familiar with typography at all, you’ll likely see their influences. Bodoni, Archer, Neutra served as the base for both character size and stylistic details but as the face progressed, it started to develop a style all its own and take me in a direction I hadn’t originally planned.
The face originally was simply going to be a decorative display face with only a capital set but as I went on, I realized a lowercase would work nicely as well as a few alternate characters. Currently, it’s only a vector-based design but I’m slowly working on the programming to make it a real, usable face. I also have plans for bold and italic versions.
This was easily one of my most time-consuming, challenging, and rewarding projects I have ever worked on. It’s received great feedback so far and the few typography experts I have consulted with have been nothing but encouraging, offering me suggestions and ideas to only make it better.