Chocolat is a typeface created during my five weeks at TypeParis.
My process started with calligraphy, in order to understand its shapes and angles by exploring the movements of the pen. After practicing a lot. I started to work with the tracing paper when I refined the letters and its terminals.
It was very challenging to work with this typeface once it consists in a combination of two opposing aspects – a structure and a square-like counter shape, together with a round, soft and fluid outside contour, such as the brush.
Chocolat is an italic, low contrast, with short ascenders and descenders. It is a display typeface used primarily for packaging and logotypes. It has sharp counters and hence it can also be readable at smaller sizes, more suitable for short-from text.
I will keep working on it, creating more alternate characters, ligatures and developing the typeface family. Thanks to everyone involved (atendees, guests and speakers) and a special thanks to Jean François Porchez, Julien Priez, Mathieu Réguer and ‘saint’ Dave Coleman!
The 6-week type design programme that you’ve been waiting for starts on 6 June and ends 13 July 2023.
Our summer programme is in English and covers typeface design and calligraphy techniques, type history, and software practices. Every kind of design professional can learn about type design in a relatively short amount of time.