Typeface is based on the singular intricacies of a famous illustrator's handwriting

Designers and companies continue to toy with typeface, capturing styles and moods through the tweaking of accepted standards and experimentation with new forms. Monotype recently unveiled a typeface that takes inspiration from a specific person: Sir Quentin Blake, an illustrator known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl. If you read the books as a child, you can immediately recognize his illustration style. The same goes for his handwriting.

Monotype’s type designer Toshi Omagari took on the task of analyzing the intricacies of Blake’s handwriting—from letters to numbers to symbols. Using various handwritten samples, he carefully constructed the typeface to reflect the playfulness and whimsy found in Blake’s handwriting.

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