An original typeface inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven, with applications of a book, poster, t-shirt, 3D form, Rhino-Grasshopper drawing, and robot arm drawing. I picked Beethoven because of my musical background and admiration for his perseverance, work ethic, and work quality. This was my first deep dive into typography, and I especially learned a lot about the proper anatomy and proportions of each letter, seen when comparing my initial sketches to the final version.
Bold: Dominating thick strokes
Classical: Sharp, defined serifs
Loss: Negative space
Romantic: Organic curves
Transition: Thick and thin
Unstable: Clashing elements
Highlight pages from the typeface book.
For the typeface poster, I created a space that resembles ledger lines in written music, as though this is another sheet that Beethoven would scribble composition ideas on. However, instead of musical notes and notations, I have the opening lines from the Ode to Joy, with many "joys" as a background texture to capture the feeling of an actual choir singing.
For the t-shirt application, I created a repeating pattern from different elements of the typeface forms.
The 3D application took the form of the letter 'M' and made it into a miniature conductor podium. The printed music is from Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 9, since that has the Ode to Joy.
In an opportunity to work with a Robot Arm, I worked in Rhino and Grasshopper software to create my personal assigned letter 'U'. This U is made of many Us in this original typeface. My Illustrator drawing has a sharper look and feel, but I also appreciate the robot drawing—with its limitations and the outcomes of working with a brush and ink—for its more organic quality, and a visual feeling as if it were melting.
After the sketches, then digital drawings, then finally making it into an actual typeface, applying the type to a poster, t-shirt, 3D, and a robot arm drawing opened my mind to the endless possibilities that one can create with type.
Ludwig van Beethoven