I’ve been featuring more and more typefaces on the site as I keep running into some interesting specimens, and Wafflu by Joe Chang is no exception.
Wafflu is a Japanese typeface which contains the scripts Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Latin. The idea of giving the typeface a crisp, crunchy character was inspired by waffles, a popular sweet in The Netherlands. It is an experiment into finding a method to keep the same flavor throughout all four scripts consistent and balanced. Intended applications are display sizes, packaging design and bilingual usage.
It’s pretty bold that Chang has created a typeface with four different character types, all carrying a similar visual language. As you can see in the image above the family is united by the same cut-like joints, squarish counters and edgy terminals, which give the font it’s unique feeling. I’d say it’s definitely a playful typeface, but it can still hold up as serious branding, as you can see in the example below. I honestly wish this type was available for sale, I’d love to have it as the typeface for the site. Doesn’t it feel like TFIB?