We were delighted to have Ed and Anthony from Colophon Type Foundry come in to talk at a recent 5:15.
Colophon are a rapidly expanding foundry based in Hackney Downs, who create custom typefaces and logotypes for clients around the world. They recently were highly commended at the Design Week Awards for their work on Race Against Dementia, creating a custom fragmented typeface in partnership with Sir Jackie Stewart and Brand Union.
They talked in detail to us about another piece of amazing work, where they created a typeface called Castledown, that helps children to read and write. They sat in the classroom with children watching their handwriting exercises and learning their preferences before going into design. The font had multiple weights, optimised for dyslexic children, and also evolved to have a joined up variation for the next stage of learning.
It was great to see the complexity and thought behind what so many take for granted, or overlook.
You can look at their full range of typefaces here