Comptine is a playful typeface, made for children’s books. Based onthe humanist model, it is a low contrast semi-serif, with angles that reveal the calligraphic process followed during it’s creation. Designed specifically for children learning to read, the informal shapes have been streamlined to aid legibility. I tried to find the right balance between the rounded outside shapes and the pointy angles of the counters. Comptine comes in Regular, Bold and Black weights. The Bold and Black are a super-exaggeration ofthe curves, introducing high contrast to give more “punch” to the typeface, and to lend themselves suitable for use as headlines. I’ll try to extend the family with a version with rounded terminals, to provide smoother shapes and more overall sweetness.
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.