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How great digital networking might be – simply talking via Skype does not make one happy. So Timo board the train in Wismar and got off in Kiel. And that is how the 4½ days of type session started …

After a couple of researches and exchanges in advance the following idea is stressed: Let’s do something chic – a geometric typeface, fast to realize, in terms off current Zeitgeist with some distinctive alternate letters. The decision for geometric upper case combined with aesthetic slick crowd-pleaser is quickly taken to grant actual output in such short time and uncomplicated work-flow for two heads simultaneous working on one typeface.

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Some inspiration for possible character variations come along by analysing Art-Déco typefaces which can be – geometrically shortened to the fundamental idea of the letter – transformed into a nice contemporary font. Furthermore the strong reduced and straight lined shapes of runes do expand the repertoire of alternate glyphs.

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Pushed by lots of hot lemon drink with some slices ginger, construction of the glyphs started in Illustrator with a detailed grid. The basic proportions and shapes were derived from common grotesque faces, but slightly intensified.

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The result is a geometric basis-font with a classical humanistic proportion-system, which – despite template – bears up by complete independent and extravagant shapes.

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A dish of self-made pesto afterwards: The sketched alternate letters were vectorised. Best two matching variants were chosen and implemented as open-type stylistic alternates .

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In spite of the intense geometric charme of the font, some glyphs were balanced in FontLab and the whole font was revised by a slightly contrast in stroke. So the mathematical construction in Illustrator is adapted to visual perception of a typeface.

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Finally the not expanded vector lines were converted from normal to hairline and interpolated afterwards: four weights are ready to use.

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Currently the »TJ Evolette« – sliced into a variant with extreme extended gylphs »TJ Evolette E« and a variant with two sets of alternate glyphs »TJ Evolette A« – is into progress of adding punctuation, special characters and diacritical marks plus kerning and preparing for distribution via MyFonts respectively a presentation on 26+.

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