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.
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.
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.
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