Kiko Display

IllustrationType Design, Typography
Year Created: 2021
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About

Kiko Display is an in-progress reverse-contrast display typeface dedicated to my rooster, who brings me much joy. From packaging to signage, I picture this typeface to have a wide-range of use for different types of creatives.

Objective

Infuse work with personality and interests while learning the practical skills needed to navigate the constraints of designing a system of letters. Completed during a 10-week duration.

Influenced by the translation mode of drawing, I was intentional with how I characterized each letterform (e.g., voluptuous forms, curvilinear stems, and exaggerated serifs) to match the physical characteristics of a rooster. Furthermore, the reverse contrast aspect of each form exemplifies eccentricity and grabs attention—similar to that of my rooster.

Process


Final Deliverables

Creating a serif typeface was out of my comfort zone. My goal for the duration of this class was to make a standard character set of letters, numbers, and punctuation. Later down the road, I would like to explore adding variants and diacritics to support other languages. Overall, the creation process was fun, lively, and refreshing.
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Typeface in Use

Event poster designed by Kristian Henson for Melody Wine Bar x Lasita LA x Mark de Clive-Lowe that also features typefaces created by new Filipino/Fil-Diaspora/Global South type designers and typographers.
Social media graphic designed by Esther Le Roy and Sarah Cleeremans for the Journées du Matrimoine (Matrimony Days) campaign with Architecture qui dégenre in Brussels, Belgium.

Marissa Balbuena ©