In 2015, a friend of mine asked for help in designing lettering for a set of posters he was creating that showed different representations of summer.
In the design for ‘Summer’, I wanted to capture the feeling of the letters overheating in the hot, lazy days of mid-July. The strong verticality to the letters also creates an interesting counterpoint to the horizontal lines.
For ‘夏’ (natsu), I wanted to give the ideograph a sense of relaxation and calm in the evening light. To that end, I lengthened the bottom strokes and narrowed the middle, balancing the different parts to achieve a sense of peace.
On Été, I helped re-space and made more minor adjustments to the letterform based on my friend's original idea.
I created the heart piece as an anniversary present, designing both the lettering and the shape for the board upon which it was engraved. Once I had the finalized design laid out, I worked with a craftsman from Etsy who created the piece exactly to spec.
The second piece was designed as a commemorative wedding present. I designed it with the the hole so that it could be hung on the wall to remember the event. All letters and decoration are custom-made and specific for this piece.
Overall, I think that these turned out really well. I find that these wood pieces are a really fun way to bring letterforms to life and create beautiful pieces for others to enjoy.
While drawing in my sketchbook, I sometimes hit upon ideas for lettering that are fun concepts and I want to digitize.
One such example of that is Doodle, which is meant to imitate the style of a flexible nib pen.
Elephant has a similar sense of play, but I wanted to push the boundary of high contrast while preserving the same pen-like curves. The end result is an impactful, but really fun piece.