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Font to do list

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

joskietodo

So much to do. So little concentration.

Rough to smooth

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

joshksm1814

It’s almost 4 in the morning. I couldn’t sleep last night and this happened. I’m not sure this is the way to go. I love the roughness of the original because it really reads ‘handwritten.’ I think the smoother you make the outlines on a handwritten font the less personality it retains. Maybe I’ll release both versions. My eyes hurt. I should probably go to bed but now I’m craving fries.

A bad hobby for perfectionists

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

joshkyrem

Work is never done. I been working on and off on this font for, what, 3 years now? It will never be done. At one point late last year I thought it was done. But no. I was browsing online for new fonts and I felt, I don’t know if it’s inspiration or jealousy or anxiety, maybe a mix of all three. That feeling of incompetence when you compare your work to other people’s. Font design is a dangerous hobby for perfectionists. There will always be a node that can be nudged by a hair here and there for the glyph to look better or a whole stroke that would look better angled differently.

This is the second reason I work only on handwritten fonts. The forms are more forgiving because the rules are less rigid. (The main reason is ‘coz I’m lazy to produce “real” fonts.)┬áThen I realized that most of these rules are arbitrary and you can raise or lower the bar on your own work infinitely. You would think these realizations are freeing. In my case, you would be wrong. Wherever I set that bar there is always that voice in the back of my head that tells me I can do better. This in itself is not a bad thing. That problem lies in determining how much better the work can get. This vagueness gives me anxiety. There is no perfect model out there with which I can hold my work up to and feel relieved. At some point you just have to say “it’s done”. There is no ‘ding’ or a ribbon. You just walk away.

Maybe next year.

Mongolian script practice

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

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More Mongolian script practice. I did not write Mongolian words here. I’m just interested in the alphabet. It’s beautiful!

Mongolian script

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Learning how to write in Mongolian script. Why? For fun.

Font sighting: ASOS

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

asos packaging

I don’t recommend doing business with the online shop ASOS because of shipping problems. I do, however, admire their font choice for their packaging. The tagline is set in my font. :)

Almost ready

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

font cd

My new font Joshie is almost ready to be released. I’m still working on an ultrabold version.

City on Our Knees

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

book cover for City on Our Knees

My script font Nanette is on the jacket, cover and chapter titles of City on Our Knees by Tobymac. Many thanks to Lookout Design for choosing my font for this project!

back cover of City on Our Knees

When I saw this book in WalMart I audibly gasped. A big smile followed.

framed font samples

I’ve framed samples of my commercial fonts so I can display them :)

Tronky by Ferrerro

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

So excited to share this with you! My friend’s mom went on vacation last month and bought this. From the makers of Ferrero Rocher, Tronky is a chocolate and wafer bar available in Italy. Just the thought of people considering my font on any product delights me and to see and hold it makes me so happy. I can now say that Ferrero uses my font. I can’t believe it.

Font sighting: Chips

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

My font on Bugles Caramel

General Mills used my font on their Bugles Caramel Sweet & Salty snack. Seeing my font on snacks = grinning from ear to ear in the supermarket.