Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Font of the Week #27: Confectioner

   Hello! I usually post my font of the week feature on Tuesdays, so it’s time for another one! This week’s typeface in the spotlight is Confectioner.


   This is a very interesting font that is a digital revival of an older photo-lettering face. The original typeface that I used to create Confectioner appeared in an old Dover sample book. I was moved to turn it into a modern digital font when I saw its unusual appearance. The letterforms in this typeface are quite unique and that’s what grabbed me.

   I am often influenced by retro design and I love the 1960s “Mod” feeling of this typeface! It seems to capture that design trend very well to me.

   For some reason the design of the letterforms in Confectioner made me think of candy and Willy Wonka so I gave it its sweet name. The italicized slant to the letters also gives the font a kind of energy and movement that makes it very dynamic. It certainly isn’t a script face by any stretch of the imagination, yet somehow seems to have the same qualities as a script font.

   One of the most interesting aspects of creating this font was figuring out how to do some of the extra characters like certain diacritics (accented letters) and punctuation to stay harmonious with the unusual design. In many of the letters, the strokes terminate in a pointed wave-like curve that leads into a small circle at the end. I used this same design theme to create many of the extra glyphs for the font. This repeated motif is the same one that also gives it that mod 60s look.

   The font also contains alternate versions of the capital C as well as lowercase h, n, s and u. Confectioner is part of the Jukebox library and is available from Veer in OpenType format.


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