I’ve been interested in the discipline of type design for much of my life, but I finally got serious about trying my hand at it a few years ago, when I decided I needed a new challenge. After a long process of learning, trial & error, and revision, I published my first typeface, Arcas, in 2017.
Arcas is a family of three weights, built with no curves — straight lines only. A lot of fonts with this characteristic have either a “sports” or “tech” feel, but I wanted to make something a bit warmer and friendlier, with some asymmetry and some subtle contrast.
About the name: Arcas was a figure in Greek mythology, the namesake of the Greek region of Arcadia — and also of the neighborhood I moved into shortly before getting the idea for this typeface. As the story goes, Arcas was transformed by Zeus into the constellation known as Ursa Minor (aka the Little Dipper). Just as constellations are drawn with imaginary straight lines between a set of stars, straight lines connect points to form the letters of Arcas.
I learned so much during the process of designing Arcas — not just about type design itself, but also about the subtleties of spacing, optical adjustments, and type’s needs at different sizes. It made me a better type user, and for that reason alone I’d recommend to any graphic designer that they give the process a try.