This is Matt Chisholm's typographic portfolio.
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Anadolu, sans-serif typeface, 2008—2009
Anadolu was inspired by the distinct style of sign lettering in rural Turkey, and refined based on sign lettering in Hungary. Shown here are samples in Turkish and Hungarian, as well as Finnish and Estonian, two other languages in the Finno-Ugric language group with Hungarian.
The slight curve at the tops of ascenders and bottoms of descenders is inspired by the linguistic process of “vowel harmony” in Turkish and Hungarian.
Anadolu is the Turkish name for Anatolia, the peninsula where Turkey lies. The name recalls another sans-serif typeface named for its country of origin.
The tittle on the i is reimagined as a diacritic, and the dotless ı is reimagined as the basic, prototypical i.
Too many typefaces treat diacritics as afterthoughts. Since diacritics are integral to the languages that inspired Anadolu, they were designed as core components of the typeface.
Ljubljana, sans-serif typeface, 2005—2006
Ljubljana was inspired by art deco lettering seen in Slovenia, Croatia and Romania. It includes the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets. It is named after the capital of Slovenia.
Ljubljana is unicase, composed of as few basic glyphs as possible. The basic glyphs are shown in black, and the derived or duplicated glyphs in grey.
Ljubljana attempts to encapsulate the essence of both upper and lower case designs in a single glyph. It also explores the common origins of the Greek, Latin, and Cyrillic alphabets, using the same glyph in more than one alphabet.
Haylurker, serif / blackletter typeface, 1999—2006
Haylurker was originally designed, as Shark, for the masthead of The Fish Rap Live!, the alternative student newspaper at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Haylurker attempts to combine blackletter elements at the bottom of the characters with a unique serif forming a solid line at the x-height.
The K and Cyrillic Ж are reminiscent of the legs of a cricket or grasshopper; Blackletter is historically German. Therefore, the name is the direct translation of the German word for grass-hopper, Heuschrecke.
It includes the Greek and Cyrillic alphabets, small capitals, and a full set of accented characters.
Breuckelen, decorative typeface, 2007—2008.
Breuckelen was inspired by the regular patterns of the New York City plan. The grid of any large modern city is immediately recognizable by the distinctive pattern of major roads curving or slanting through it. This face is intended to be recognizable in the same way. It is named after the Dutch town after which Brooklyn is named, a word which also roughly translates as “broken land.”
Zenith, decorative typeface, 2008.
Chinese characters have simplifed and more complex, “traditional” variants. Zenith imagines what an un-simplified, traditional version of the Latin alphabet might have looked like.
Logo for Mosuki.com, 2003
This logo is an ambigram—it looks the same when rotated 180°. The name Mosuki was chosen in an attempt to find a word that meant “mobile society” in Japanese; unfortunately, no Japanese speakers were consulted, and it has no real meaning.
Logo for Spydentify.com, 2008
Spydentify is a game where users upload and attempt to identify images, including images of typefaces. The design is meant to be a fusion of American baseball jersey scripts and 1960's era psychedelic poster lettering.
Intent, tattoo, 2009
Design for a tattoo of the word intent, with:
“...its various shadings of noun and adjective intention and intentness:
“attention, focus, decision, purpose, design, meaning, significance, aim, plan, plot, mark, end, object, target; fixed, firm, decided, resolved, earnest, intense, concentrated, resolute, engrossed, bent upon, sedulous, eager in pursuit, absorbed, alert, attentive, bound, committed, concentrated, deep, eager, engaged, hell-bent, immersed, industrious, piercing, rapt, riveted, watchful.”
Collaboration with Roland Berger.
Collaboration with Javan Bryant.
Collaboration with Rutherford Gong.
Collaboration with Susan Wilson.
Collaboration with Alex Chisholm.
Based on found typography.
Based on the lettering on a Grateful Dead album.
Based on the titling on Quantum Leap.
Mac OS Bitmaps, 1994—1996
These bitmaps were designed for on-screen use at small point sizes. These fonts will only work on Mac OS X and Classic Mac OS. They will not work under X11 or Windows. (Email me if you can help me make them into working bitmaps on X11 or Windows.)
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