Phyta, a 'tapeface' with calligraphic rhythm

AndersonMaschio's picture

Hey guys!

Well, as the title says, this is an experiment with 'tape', calligraphy and rhythm. It's the first draft and some glyphs aren't that good, but here we go... ;-)

Comments, critics, ...

metalfoot's picture

I'm not sure I've ever seen anything quite like it. It's almost unreadable (to me), but it is a unique effect.

drapeaux's picture

hmm, i agree - it is unreadable. adjust the t.

also may i suggest - try looking to ribbions for fluidity and then create an example of that with tape.

i actually do have a jacket that has a tape styled type that looks so realistic people come up to me and try to peel it off! haha, oh joy!


ebensorkin's picture

The effect to me is like an irregular heartbeat on an EKG machine. I don't think calligraphy enters into it either. This is a 'constructed' type face. Type needs a purpose before it can be good. Tell us how you see this type being used. If you are not sure - become more sure & then keep going. Or put it down & come back to it.

blank's picture

Tonight on local news nine: when Ogham meets Arabic!

Seriously, it’s worth experimenting with this one. Obviously it’s not the most useful font, but with a lot a tweaking to make it legible it would be a very, very cool font.

AndersonMaschio's picture

Thank you James. I already had discovered an arabic feeling on it, but I didn't know Ogham. It's a very interesting system... I'll look more carefully on it.

This is an old concept revisited - I think the first time I sketch something in this way was in 2003 - so, maybe it got a nice 'maturation time'.

I understand when you said it's 'constructed', but I think it's 'constructed' only in the way I show it here - tape/ribbon. I'm trying to get it very fluid. Imagine it only with line, drawn by hand. Isn't it looks more fluid?

Great part of the glyphs I did with just one 'line', others I didn't found yet how to do it, but I think it has and interesting rhythm when composed... By the way, as I said, it's an experiment, and legibility isn't my priority. I'm highly interested first in concept, aesthetics and, of course, rhythm...

My first thought about the usage isn't like a font necessarily, but in 'live action', with tape over urban surfaces, like a mixture of typography/calligraphy, tags and graffiti. Something close to Sagmeister's ones, but in a more 'artistic' way...

Well, I'll get some ribbons to play with. ;-)

ebensorkin's picture

Seeing it in two colors on your flickr page does make it easier to understand and help it somehow too.

AndersonMaschio's picture

You are right Eben. A new pdf is avaliable... ;-)

ebensorkin's picture

If you release it you could have two fonts - one for each side of the ribbon. The new PDF is helpful.

AndersonMaschio's picture

I think it can be done with caps and lower case. If anyone have another way to do it, please let me know. :-)

By the way, I'm thinking about release it in 2 versions -- ribbon and sketch (with a calligraphic stroke) -- and both with 3 variants -- short, medium and long -- so you'll be able to compose your own rhythms... ;-)

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