Icarus

Inspired by vertical theatre and motel signage, I attempted to create a latin typeface that fully embraces the orientation imposed by the single column layout.
Informed by Asian writing systems and interweaving patterns of various cultures, Icarus is perfect if you need to say something and you have a tall building.

Icarus, an experimental vertical display typeface, was created under the supervision of Greg Lindy.

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Exploratory process

From the outset I decided to create a display typeface with a purpose, to be set vertically, an undertaking which posed several design challenges.

  1. How characters flow from one another.
  2. Legibility of characters individually, in words and sentences.
  3. Dealing with characters of various widths, from as wide as w, to as thin as an i.

Looking at options for ligatures and unifying methods, some modular some not, I ultimately decided that I’d rather create a system which would allow for the vertical gaps—or vertical kerning—to collapse as much as possible and create greater unity within whole words.

The final qualities of the typeface, came down to it having:

Created around May of 2014