Ripple Typeface Project Type Typography Team Members None Overview The goal of this project was to...
The goal of this project was to create my own proprietary typeface from sketches and turning that into an active Open Type Font that can be used on other platforms such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. The idea was to dive deeper into understanding the foundation of typographic design. Ripple is a dynamic and playful font that explores these elements and heightens the experience.
To begin this process, first I needed to do research on different classifications types of typography and the differences that make each one unique. I started with uppercase letters and then completed the typeface at a later date with lowercase and punctuation. I took inspiration from the transitional type family, Baskerville, because of its high contrast, generous proportions, legibility, and refined beauty. I wanted to combine Baskerville with a whimsical accent of my own creation.
I took inspiration from vernacular shapes from nature and leaned more towards water like elements to gain the ripple effect in my font.The organic shapes found in the ripples of water and the reflections made from the sun inspired me to bring these shapes into my font. I didn’t want to take away from the original form, but I found a way to incorporate the ripple effect at the ends of my letters. The rules of my lowercase font was to have three ripples per letter and to have medium contrast of stroke weights except when the stroke went into the ripple.
Here are a few kerning pairs I did in the computer software, Glyphs. When kerning different letterforms in relation to each other it was challenging to eyeball a balanced space between the letters. The type of letter, whether diagonal or circular, deciphered the amount of space needed for the letters to look comfortable with each other.
Creating a children’s book to accompany the typeface I wanted to design a whimsical narrative using my typeface as the main elements of the story. Ripple can be used in headers, but ideally should be used in children’s books. In addition, Ripple, can be used in body copy, but shouldn’t be seen lower than 14pts or it will decrease the legibility. Ideally, Ripple can be made into illustrations to create characters such as in the typographic children’s book, ‘Bobo’s Zoo.’
Learning about the foundations of typographic design is a vital piece of knowledge. It helped me understand the process behind designing an Open Type Font, but also how to kern letters in relation to each other. In addition, studying different classifications of type families helps designers decipher good type pairings and how they should be used in different designs.
This project was challenging because of the adjustments I had to make on the way to the kerning. When creating my font, I had a hard time figuring out where to put my ripple effect because of the condensed the lowercase letterforms were compared to the uppercase. There still has to be refinement to my numerals, but all together the font works well, which is a huge success. There are small differences with stroke width, but in the future, I hope to make them more consistent with each other.