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A little background: a friend (Easton West) and I were sitting around on a summer day last year and we were discussing representing a 'community' through a typeface as well as the impetus or reasons to embark on making a typeface (historical reference or perceived problem). The idea came to mind to try collecting writing samples and making an 'average' of them in order to create a sort of average conception of the alphabet, and afterwards to use this as a basis/skeleton for a typeface.
Here is the current incarnation:
Even though I had assumed the end result would be fairly clear, what was most surprising thing for me was that a fairly legible sans-serif emerged from the cacophony of individual voices. The question now is whether it is worth it to pursue the project further and begin to refine a skeleton to eventually base a typeface upon.