Three Unique Typefaces from Colophon, Peter Bil’ak, and Moritz Resl

Lately I’ve been running into a lot of interesting examples of typography so I thought I’d put together a single post that showcases three interesting type endeavors.

The first is a new typeface called Archive created by London based designers, Colophon. What I love about Archive is that it feels like a familiar, Roman style font but has a lot of great little details. The lowercase e’s feel open, kind of like they’re smiling, and the shoulders on the h’s and n’s have a nice, wide stance that really make them stand out.

Archive by Colophon

Next is an interesting type experiment by Peter Bil’ak and Pieter van Rosmalen who explored the depths of beauty and ugliness in type. Peter explains his process of combining modern typefaces Bodoni and Didot with the monstrous Italians, creating an impressive font called Karloff. It is font face with both a beautiful and an “ugly” side, though I must say that I prefer more eccentric Karloff Negative Bold.

You can see the Negative Bold directly below, and the Positive version below that.

Peter Bi'lak's typeface Karloff Negative Bold

Peter Bilak - Karloff Positive

Finally, we have another type experiment from 2011 by Moritz Resl where he combined over 900 typefaces (even the ugly ones) to create an “average” looking typeface. I think it would be interesting if these were turned into an actual font and used in say, a print project, how the legibility would be.

You can see the full alphabet here, and there’s also a short video below of the creation of the W. In the video, it’s interesting to see the American Typewriter W stick around for quite a while.

The Average font by Moritz Resl