Seemingly simplistic & common place. Bitter n’ sweet.
based on cursive on cakes but simpler. a very handsome and blobby ting.
Pogi started off as an inkling of a thought in the beginning stages of designing another typeface (Trickle). It simply was that I would like to make a script typeface that had a less stuffy feeling, one that was a bit friendlier, but not corny y’know.
The thought, like many other thoughts, mainly stayed a thought. Until I was working on a graphic design project and needed type with those characteristics. The thing that truly materialised this design was the fact that I now had a material context that suited the idea to help me restrict the paths I could go. The project required “icing type”. My mind went DING! like an oven with a batch of freshly baked cookies.
On a tight deadline to crunch out the project, I quickly drew the type. Honestly, it was such a blur that I don’t remember most of this. But I do remember writing out sentences really quickly to see what letter frameworks could work best for this.
After the project ended I didn’t pick it back up for about 6 months. When I revisited it I let out an audible oof. Hard to admit, but it was kind of shit. A lot of shifting/improper connections between letters, changing lean angles, inconsistencies in weight, blah blah... I could go on forever. So I right now I'm in the process of redrawing everything and adding more.
This is where Pogi is at right now. Stay tuned to see where else it goes!
The start of making Trickle began as something fairly different (see Pogi process), but during some sketching it eventually branched off into a distilled question: What if you took a simple skeletal structure and applied a singular rule that completely messed with the whole rhythm of the typeface? It became a road to pure formal manipulation.
What started as a wish to make a script typeface became a bastardisation of the italic form. I took my starting sketches of less formal scripts and started adding rules into their recipes and making new sketches. It took form as different weights and then different contrast models. I eventually landed on a lettering sketch that I found to be quite compelling. This became the foundation of Trickle.
In the lettering the spacing and width of each letter was super tight and the weights were rather inconsistent. To draw the first round of basic letters I eventually distilled everything so that it would work better as a typeface and not stand alone lettering. The established rules became particularly difficult to carry out in the capitals. I had at first drawn them in a swash capital style, but this quickly became way too complicated. So scrap that. From there I had to re-distill the capitals.
And that brings us to our current character set today!
CONSTRUCTION ZONE 2022
CJ TYPE @ TYPOGRAPHICS 2022
SUNDAE SCHOOL: FLOWERVERSE 2022
RISD GD SPRING SPEAKER SERIES 2021
PASSING BY, PRESSING ON, MOVING FORWARDS 2021
RISD YEARBOOK 2021
POINTS OF INFLECTION 2021
Displayed at Woods Gerry Gallery from March 19–23 2021.
Visit poi.risd.gd to read more and see an archive of the displayed works.
Installed at RISD Graphic Design Commons from January 2021–March 2021.
Distributed at the Unbound Art Book Fair 2020 (Online).