Thursday, 22 January 2009

Cress Typeface.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

N1 Typeface

A typeface I made from a map of the area I grew up in and lived in up until the start of this college year. From a detailed map of Highbury & Islington I chose streets where I often went, streets where friends lived or where I had memories. I took the basic shapes that these areas created and formed letters with them. The detail inside letters is the way the houses back on to eachother and fit together.


In 1896, eccentric Brighton inventor/ local mad-man, Magnus Volks, had his vision of 'A Sea Voyage on Wheels' realised with a crazy railway that ran for 3 miles down the south coast from Brighton to Rottingdean. The vessel could carry 160 passengers and the journey took 35 mins and was described as a mixture between an open top pram-car,a pleasure yacht and a pier with a saloon bar on top. The 'Pioneer' was nearly destroyed a week later as a violent storm derailed it damaging it severely and destroyed the pier it was next to.

A year later in 1897 it reopened and that year 44,300 passengers rode the tram/boat/train even though it could only travel through incredibly shallow water otherwise it trawled through at a pathetic speed. By 1901 the line was at its end as the company that built the line had damaged the seabed  making the trackbed unsafe. The vessel was left chained to a pier where it rusted away. Would be nice if we had some more crazed structural ideas happening now.

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