When I was researching for the Pastiche 1560 project I came across an amazing Estonian based design company called Handmade Font. They design unique nontraditional fonts inspired by almost anything: bark, food, tools, fire, paint…

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”  – El Lizzitsky

I find their font selection really impressive! It is amazing how many different materials and objects they have managed to use to create FONTS. And they are not showcasing talent but also the typefaces are really fun and entertaining to look at. I was really intrigued and exited to scroll down their website because you never know what kind of surprising fonts you’ll find on the next page.

“As the saying goes, type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters.” – Matthew Carter

I also enjoyed watching their video about their new animated font collection. They have created them to be used in television commercials, internet banners, presentations and other video products. Link to the animated font video: Animated fonts by Handmadefont.com

On their website (handmadefont.com) you can buy fonts from their selection. They also take on requests for custom fonts advertisement campaigns, packing, magazine covers etc, and their work has been published among various magazines and journals. The project that they are involved in include art direction, branding, stationery, publications, exhibitions, websites, packaging and signage systems.

The clients they have worked with include some major brands like Disney, Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, and Nickelodeon.

Pastiche 1560

To take inspiration from Handmade Font for the Pastiche 1560 project I would like to create my own font using food or other materials that I can get my hand on. I think it will really be a fun and creative process! I will still have to think, however, what I want to say and what font/materials would support that message.

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