Over the course of 10 weeks, our group designed a single-weight typeface inspired by the loading dock sign located in the entrance of the Art Building at the UW. We were attracted to the unique diagonals of the "R" and "P." Given only sixteen characters, we designed the remaining alphabet, numbers, and symbols through an assiduous process: first by photographing the original sign; sketching and iterating tracings on vellum; scanning the letters into vectors on Glyphs (a program for designing fonts), and arranging letters into the strangely useful syntax ("Ohoh01" or "Hamburgefonstiv") to kern each character combination. After continuous refinement, our team created a specimen poster showcasing the typeface's personality through words representative of its spirit.
Workroom Sans is a strong, humanist typeface formed through the fortitude of its designers. Simultaneously universal and personal, this sans serif has a distinctive character.
Thank you to Karen Cheng for opening and training our eyes to the intricate world of type design, sharing your expertise, and never failing to respond to emails at ungodly hours.
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