Acute is a sans serif typeface that combines geometric minimalism and playful thicknesses.
The idea came about because I wanted a typeface that would be geometrically simple but with various thicknesses and flow. The main inspiration behind this typeface is the Didot family of typefaces where the variation of thickness is used masterfully. My hope was to create a typeface that could be replicated with calligraphy flat pens using simple movements. For this I have paid attention to width of the angle. The entire family uses a 45 degree angle; that is the key to replicating the typeface with flat pen. An acute angle, also known as a sharp angle, is less than 90 degrees. The name arose from the attention given to the angle in each letter and symbol.
While developing each individual letter I have been mindful of the top right to bottom left angle cut. Following this central principle on the type has given the lettering and grouping of the letters a unified flow. It has created a vibrance and energy that runs through each individual letter and subsequently the words and the sentences.
The challenge was to follow geometric principal while fostering an organic beauty. You will be the judge of whether or not Acute creates a hybrid between these two elements.
After constructing the letter “o” the principals for the entire typeface became clear. I have sketched a guide to decide where to insert thickness.
The lines drawn from top right to bottom left are thin, like in “e” “A” “H”
The lines drawn from top left to bottom right should be thick like in letter ‘s’ so that it contrasts the thin origin in the top left and end point in the bottom right.
The idea is to break the square into 8 areas of top, top right, right, bottomright, bottom, bottom left, left, and top left. Each area of the letter therefore has contrasting breadths.