The Paris based office of brand consulting and design company Landor asked us to create a custom typeface for one of their clients. They really liked our CAPUT font and wanted an adaptation. The original crayon effect was changed to a smooth version with a brushy touch. The typeface has also been expanded with undercast and alternate characters. We’re looking forward to see the font in action!
The dearJoe series of fonts came to life around the year 1999, when I created dearJoe 1, which was a first (and half-assed) attempt to convert my own handwriting into a working font. Being able to type in my own hand had always been a childhood fantasy, and even though I only partly understood the software, a working font was generated and I decided to put it on the internet for people to use in their own personal projects.
Which they did: at this moment the dearJoe 1 font has been downloaded millions of times and can be found on Vietnamese riksjas, Tasmanian gyms and chocolate stores on 5th Avenue for instance.
The font is not something I am particularly proud of, but it started me of in building what’s now the JOEBOB graphics foundry.
Inbetween creating other fonts, the dearJoe series has become a theme I revisit every once in a while, trying to create an update on how my handwriting has evolved, along with my abilities in creating fonts that mimic actual handwriting. In the last decade or so I started implementing ligatures and alternate characters, which helped a lot in coming to a result that can almost pass for actual handwriting.
The 2019 dearJoe 7 font is the latest addition to this font family.
All characters were scanned from handwritten notes, cherrypicking the characters and letter-combinations I liked best. They were written with a Lamy M66 B pen and only minor adjustments were made to the original scans, leaving most little flaws and rough edges as they were for a convincing ball-point on paper result.
The font comes with over 150 ligatures, making sure the font has a variated and credible overall look and feel and you can buy your own copy here: dearJoe 7
We were asked by a local distillery named De Bossche Stokers to design a label for their series of liquor. Because they’re housed in an old factory, we decided to give the label a sturdy, industrial feel. We also adjusted their logo to match the design. And of course we couldn’t resist to incorporate some handwriting…
For Canadian company Tim Hortons we created a custom typeface, based upon our Quintus font. They wanted us to give the font a greasy, brushy feel, thus mimicking the writing of a wax pen on glass coffee pots. The original typeface was expanded with alternate characters, drop caps and several symbols.