This work-in-progress typeface started as a logotype for a project called Ampersandist. In addition to the logotype, I created various ampersands to be incorporated into the visual branding. These letter forms are inspired by Oldřich Menhart and Villu Toots. I started by writing the letters with a broad edge nib. Then I drew sketches based on my writing and vectorized it in Robofont.
This is the first typeface I have explored making with an intimate knowledge of calligraphy. Bridging my calligraphy with my typeface design has been an interesting process. In order for the typeface to work as a system, I have had to make adjustments and tweaks that were not in the original calligraphy or logotype sketches and figure out how to make something that looks and feels calligraphic even if a calligraphy tool alone could not have made the shapes.