Myrtille Typeface Design
Work in progress!
Myrtille began during a two-week residency in type design at SVA. The core concept and sketches are loosely based on classic roman italic forms. The classic italic hand consists of a system of strokes that are repeated with precision to create the latin alphabet. Yet despite this systematic approach, calligraphers breathe endless life into these forms
After drawing characters by hand for rapid ideation and exploration of form and structure, I brought sketches into RoboFont to begin drafting the typeface.
The broad nib concept was mingled with ideas behind contemporary letterform design, exploring how far it's possible to dent and twist shapes—translated from the broad nib pen—while still maintaining legibility to the modern eye.