Category—Student Typeface Design
Erica Carra, New York
SCHOOL: Type@Cooper 2018
INSTRUCTOR: Hannes Famira
Inspired by Helmut Salden’s brush lettering, the process of uniting a running hand (italic) system of calligraphy into an upright text face gave Pyk its unconventional letter shapes.
Looking at the o, e, c and s, these traditionally round letters instead follow a triangular model, echoing the n’s counter shape and the bouncing upstrokes that connect the stems. This upward motion directs the eye forward and also creates an even diagonal rhythm across the line of text.
To increase legibility as a text face, Pyk has low contrast, uniform letter widths, and generous spacing. Pyk stands at the crossroads between calligraphy and type design, with a bounce in its step.
JUDGE'S CHOICE: Nicole Dotin