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Formerly known as Slit Stencil Round and Slit Stencil Sharp, Clean Cut typefaces Sliced and Diced were put through their paces. I printed out the uppercase and lowercase alphabet of each and timed how long it took me to cut them out. Seems I averaged about 11-12 minutes per alphabet. An important discovery was that there wasn’t a significant difference between the time it took to cut Sliced and Diced. I was assuming Diced would go faster. It will be interesting to see if this proves true in later stages of user testing.

Note to self: come up with a cooler name than “The Stencil Typeface Project”. Sounds like some shitty 70s cock rock band.

Abstract: The goal of this project is to produce a set of stencil-ready typefaces that will be easy and fast to cut out by hand.

Background: Traditional typefaces used for stenciling (army, industry) were designed to imitate normal Roman typefaces, and were cut by machine. Many stencil fonts available online are designed to imitate printed typefaces. Others mimic the look of a sprayed stencil with a grunge/distressed feel. Some are genuinely original, but still fail to account for actual usage as a template for cutting. The main problems tend to be small lines and tricky curves.

I’m targeting an audience of street artists and activists, who don’t have access to a stencil-maker or a laser cutter—just their own two hands, an X-acto blade and some manilla card stock. My fonts will be designed to follow natural hand movements with a minimum of small lines, weak bridges and awkward curves.I’ll be trying several different approaches, and making right- and left-handed versions. All prototypes will be user tested repeatedly.