I designed and created my first typeface, Whimbly, through a process of sketching, digitizing, and refining with RoboFont software. Whimbly was inspired by the handwritten stroke with a nod at youthful whimsy. The unique challenge with this typeface was learning how to break the rules in the right way: dressing up a flexible, functional font in an awkward, playful style that still works well on the page. Although Whimbly was envisioned as a display typeface, I plan to expand on its design by adding a bold font family to further its flexibility. You can download the beta version of Whimbly below.
Whimbly shows off her lowercase and uppercase sets, numbers, punctuation, and bonus glyphs that come with her open type features. The type specimen displays various sizes and uses, and draws its aesthetic inspiration from a blend of summer camp + mermaids + islands + children's fantasy novels.
To zoom in on one possible use for Whimbly, I redesigned a chapter from the novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, as I found the premise to perfectly align with Whimbly's style. I treated chapter headings, display text, and section-separating glyphs with Whimbly, and paired her with a classic serif for the body text. For a finishing touch, I created patterned endpapers by arranging bonus glyphs together.
© 2017 by Leigh Thomas // free for personal & commercial use with attribution.