Post-processed photography and vectors
This experimental typeface was created with Cathy Lee.
With the given prompt of portraiture as a basis for the human alphabet, we decided to widen our pool of faces to include our friends and colleagues. Their human faces became the architectural vocabulary of our human alphabet.
Facial expressions not only construct a human identity, but also contribute to a letterform’s personality as well. Integrating the human head as a part of the type’s building block also allowed us to tease a balance between organic, emotional and geometric forms.
In keeping with the legibility requirements of the letter, we intertwined the different faces and letterforms in ways that complemented each other in order to be read as a whole. In molding the forms together, two different types of relationships are forged: a symbiotic connection between different shapes as well as the linguistic bond that humans have and need for communication. By drawing from an international pool of people who speak different languages, the forming of a cohesive human alphabet also stressed the fundamental affinity we have as a species.
In addition to the complementary nature of the organic human faces and the geometric Grotesque typeface, we also investigated and discovered how much of a letterform and face needed to be shown in order to recognize either.