Eldon Sans is an in-development sans-serif typeface that was originally produced as part of my final project during my MA Graphic Design degree in 2012. A target at the beginning of this project was to create a typeface that worked well at smaller sizes, and could be used to set longer passages of text.
This was an academic MA project that became an exploration into the influences of type design. It aimed to understand the distinctions and similarities between writing, lettering and typography to further explore the handwritten word within historical and contemporary typefaces. A typeface was created alongside ongoing research to learn first-hand how to create such forms, and this practice was beneficial to the project. The typeface developed for this project was named, ‘Eldon Sans’. A legible, clean and neutral design with the potential for many different applications.
The areas marked above show the consistent angle of stress put on each letter. This originated in the initial pen drawings and was the most interesting feature of the original shapes. Throughout the project I wanted to retain the feel of the handwritten word in the typeface and the most obvious feature of this. This is consistent throughout the typeface but is most apparent with such letters as these due to their heavy reliance on the angle of the shoulder. There is also a consistent slant on all major terminals in the typeface which helps to add character/personality—this also came from the original pen drawings during development (shown below).
The process used to develop the first characters of Eldon Sans was led by the letter n. The focus on this letter was because it allowed information to be carried forward into other letters such as the u, h and m.
Both of the above images show two different methods used quite early on in the design process. The first shows the use of tracing paper, laid over previous drawings to create a basis for the letter e. The second shows the use of correction fluid to develop the letter b from the letter h. Both of these methods were very helpful since they created a quick basis for the letter and it allowed more time to be spent on altering both the black and white parts of each character.