Born out of constraint, albeit a very simple one, the circle. Most of the typefaces we encounter in everyday life are rectangular or square, and for good reason too. Most surfaces we read on are rectangular or square as well. But as a challenge to myself, and to how most letters are framed, each letter was thought of as a precious coin or medal. In some cases, it feels as though one were looking through a peephole and only seeing the most characteristic curves or traits of a given letter.
I quickly realized while finishing this project that there were many possible ways to portray a letter, and there was such a thing as going astray. Therefore, the most difficult aspect was editing out what did not belong, and reverting back to the what my founding theme was. For some difficult letters, I actually tried to forget what I had drawn for the letter in the past to see if I would unknowingly make repetitions or differences.
The two main guidelines became: how many curved line segments vs. straight line segments, and are the negative spaces(black portions) sensible or balanced. The final challenge, was in making non-trivial letters, such that any simple rotation or reflection would not create the same character. For example, my "W" should be different from my "E" or "3", for I felt that this would make for a less interesting and lively collection of characters.
Throughout the course of this project, I learned a lot about workflow from paper to digital (drawing anticipating scanning), and greatly improved my keystroke/stylus efficiency through its repetitive nature. Overall I am greatly pleased by these characters, and believe that I imagined the well-trodden English alphabet to new forms and viewed it through a fresh lens. I am also proud of the fact that a quick forgotten doodle on a page of graph paper, was resurrected into a complete 71-odd character typeface. I hope to extend this typeface into lower-case and other ASCI characters as time permits!