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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.

Here’s one approach I’m trying, using shape instead of line. How minimal a shape can I make before you can’t recognize the letter? One thing to consider is that if a problematic letter is in context, i.e. in a word, that will mitigate its illegibility. Other consideration: If the angles pointing inside are to long and sharp, you get floppy peninsulas. If that wasn’t an issue, these would be really easy. But it is, and so is the fact that all closed counters, eyes, etc. are filled in. Sort of a tribute to my friend David Z. from Santa Cruz who hand-cut his text on the fly and never bothered to make bridges for closed letters like R, B, D, A and the rest. Potential name: Lazy Vandal. There will be two versions, lazy and extra lazy. Extra lazy will look more like the glyphs in the photo. Lazy will be a little more complex, with multiple shapes making up the glyphs.

Second draft for Lazy Vandal

I did this draft during a morning lab shift.