Hoko is a humanist typeface inspired by Hong Kong Beiwei calligraphy.
Since 50-60s, BeiWei has been commonly used on large-scale signboards in Hong Kong. According to Keith Tam, a typographer in Hong Kong, “The Qing Dynasty saw a revival of the study of epigraphy, and calligraphers were divided into two schools: the ‘ink-on-paper’ school in the north, and the epigraphy school in the south. But there is a particular style of Kaishu called Beiwei (or Northern Wei) can be considered indigenous to Hong Kong. ”
Influenced by the marks made by a chisel, Beiwei Kaishu has a rustic sensibility, with sharp strokes, dynamic forms and slightly asymmetrical constructions.
If you have been to Hong Kong, you can easily find a Beiwei style of shop sign at a traditional store. It is very bold, strong for people to see from a far distance. There are type designers in Hong Kong now trying to digitize this style of calligraphy into a set of display type. My aim is to design a Latin typeface working with this style of font.
Hoko is available in 2 weights, a regular weight for texts and a heavyweight for display. I try not to copy the stroke from Chinese calligraphy directly, but apply the characteristic of the Chinese calligraphy to Latin system. HOKO has distinctive serif system.
For Hoko Regular, the form of the letters is dynamic. Influenced by the tool of epigraphy, the strokes of the letter are sharp and with an asymmetrical structure. Hoko Heavy is a bold and strong display type for large scales and could be viewed from fair distances. It features narrow counter spaces, super bold stroke and also asymmetrical structure as well.
The 6-week type design programme that you’ve been waiting for starts on 4 June and ends 12 July 2024.