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I’m still here folks. It’s been a while since I’ve had time for the Clean Cut project, what with my MFA thesis to work on. Truth is, I still don’t have time but I’ve gone back to working on ’em anyway. In the interim I’ve taken a proper typeface design class and I’m interning at a type design studio. With much newfound knowledge about type and letterforms (not to mention proper spacing) I’m making improvements to my little family of stencil fonts. Lugnut is being extensively overhauled, and Sliced is receiving some much-needed tweakage. Once Sliced is in a place where I’m happy with it, I can generate Diced fairly easily. Then, it’s on to Lazy Vandal in its variations. I never really completed artwork for the letterforms, just sketches. I have a feeling some of the letters in Lazy vandal will be problematic when cut in paper, due to some sharp angles I’d rather avoid. Testing should be interesting.

Again, all this renewed interest has mainly served to distract me from thesis, so don’t expect huge amounts of progress soon. I have not, however, abandoned the project.

I’m recruiting beta testers:

Hi guys and gals,

I’m looking for a few volunteers to help me with a design project I’m doing on stencil fonts. I’m trying to come up with some new fonts that are designed to be easy to cut. I need some people with stenciling experience to test drive the prototypes (no pun intended) and give me feedback.

Anybody wanna help out? It’s a volunteer project and I can’t pay anybody, but you get to participate in something that I hope will be a big contribution to the stencil community.

Sent to CDT type teachers, posted on Stencil Revolution. Hoping to get onto Wooster when they start posting again. Here’s what I sent them:

Exfish Design is hard at work prototyping a new set of stencil fonts designed to be easily cut by hand. Virtually all available stencil typefaces are made to be cut by machine or used as design elements in print or digital media. These will be the first fonts ever made specifically for street artists. The letterforms conform to comfortable hand motions, and refrain from using small curves and tricky corners. If you’re armed with nothing but a spray can, an X-acto and a pile of card stock, Exfish stencil fonts will allow you to cut text easily and fast. Oh yeah, and we’re gonna give them away for free. We’re looking for beta testers to evaluate our prototypes! If interested, send an email to

Also sent out a specimen sheet:

Specimen sheet

Specimen sheet

Seems lots of folks in CDT are taking interest in my little hobby. I’m totally psyched, naturally.