Recharged

electric-recharged-2-02I’ve been in a typographic mood of late – even more than usual. It’s most welcome. Even so, this was a bit of an impromptu jolly; I was playing with a face I cut several years ago now, long before the days of this blog. It was called Electric, and this is shown in orange above. Inspiration came from the frontage of a rusty, run-down electrical shop in Norwich; it bore lettering of a slender form with enormous, authoritative slabs – delightfully retro-futuristic and, as such, most appropriate for a store likely still selling VCRs and 8-track. Them’s the future.

The blue counterparts were made this evening – essentially, I was curious to see what would happen if I were to reverse the thickness of each character, across the entire alphabet. It does look rather more burly, doesn’t it? Some letters were scuppered slightly – particularly Q – but overall it seems a worthy companion.

It’s quite fun using the two in combination.

The simplicity of both faces means you can do virtually anything with them. They can be warped, scaled, squashed, or pulled however you want, and still look pretty stable. Such versatility can come in handy when you have a specific message in mind.

I did also experiment with Illustrator’s ’rounded corners’ feature, which somehow managed to make the lettering even more delightfully retro:

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Ah well, nothing spectacular but just a bit of fun. I’ve been so woefully unproductive this year, I’m going to jump on any burst of inspiration that I can!

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10 comments
  1. I like the retro mood of these. Love ‘Energy’ with rounded corners, ‘The Future’ with blue circles background, and somehow white and yellow ‘Electric’ on blue background reminds me of Ceefax or Teletext 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! I thought they might appeal 🙂 Ahh yes, Teletext. That was fun to trawl through as a child. I hope Mr. Bamboozle would approve!

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      • Haha. Mr Bamboozle, wasn’t he the daily quiz master cartoon man? Get a question wrong you had to go back to start? I think he had a niece or younger sister sometimes who also asked questions. I will confess I played that quiz most days. Used it for checking out gigs and top 40 too.

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      • Jacob said:

        Yep! Bamber Boozler was his name, apparently, and it seems there was a whole family who appeared on occasion. The game ran until 2009!! I used to enjoy that, too. Elsewhere, I remember my siblings checking the football scores, waiting for them to cycle to see if Norwich had scored… rather than just switch the radio on. They were the days…!

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  2. memadtwo said:

    Your alphabets are worlds unto themselves. Of course I like these–so gridlike! (K)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Kerfe. You can’t beat a good grid!

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    • Jacob said:

      Hiya Phil 🙂 Thanks, glad you enjoyed them!

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