The objective of this brief was to gain an in depth understanding of how typefaces can bring personality and functionality into design work. I was assigned with the typeface FF Beowolf, and began to conduct some initial research into the origins of it whilst producing an analysis that took into account its visual properties, what elements formed this typeface and what it embodies.
The birth of Beowolf as a font was a result of a collaboration between Erik Van Blokland and Just Van Rossum in 1989, the year in which it was drawn and engineered as part of the first release of the FontFont library, which was a new innovation at the time. Deemed as one of the most important fonts ever created, Beowolf was a demonstration of digital fonts being data and code, thus being instructions that have the ability to modify themselves. It was the first typeface to possess randomized outlines and programmed behaviours; combining the roles of type designer and programmer to form unexpected and uncertain outcomes that embraced change and spontaneity as letters are randomly generated with erratic outlines.
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