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A few months ago, I set out to design my first typeface from scratch. I enjoyed the challenge and the process, and am looking forward to designing more.

For inspiration I looked at a lot of vintage neon signs – I like the quirkiness of type from the 1930s and 40s.

Here are some sketchbook spreads, showing how I worked through the letterforms:

The full character set:

I used text examples like this to work out the kerning between the letters:

Trying it out:

And a title card: