Kollektiv — Typeface
Kollektiv

Personal project where I set out to create the perfect typeface. I have always had a soft spot for typography, but wondered whether it was possible to create the ‘perfect’ typeface. I was reminded of the notion of collective intelligence. If you were to have a jar full of marbles, and asked a large enough sample of people to guess the number of marbles in the jar, the average of the responses would get you close to the actual number. I wondered what would happen if this principle was applied to typography.



Process

Using Adobe Illustrator, I typed each letter in over 40 of my favourite sans-serif typefaces and layered them on top of each other with low opacity. Suddenly, a common shape started to form. I printed out the letters, squinted my eyes, and traced the most common path. After rescanning them I traced my pencil tracing back in Illustrator and used Glyphs to turn the tracings into a working typeface.



Result

The result is a familiar, yet unique, sans-serif typeface built by combining 40+ of the best sans-serif typefaces. I titled the font ‘kollektiv’, German for collective. Seeing as I created this typeface at home at my family’s in Switzerland, I created posters showcasing the font using bizarre Swiss German words and tongue twisters like chuchichäschtli.



Interested in licensing, or have further questions about this project? Feel free to contact me.
http://mdusault.com

Thank you.
— M


Kollektiv — Typeface
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Kollektiv — Typeface

Typeface created using the notion of collective intelligence, resulting in the 'perfect' typeface.
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