I found very intriguing the work of Fabian De Smet, a young and talented creative graphic designer, that started off very young as a legal graffiti artist in France. Fabian, how did you approach the project Tribute to Madiba?
I started with quite a lot of research, making quite a lot of drafts for the calculations, effects, trials.
I had to try it first on some smaller prototypes, than I started working at real scale when the work started to be good enough. I used 9 square meters of paper to make more than 750 handmade pyramidal polygons for the final composition.
How long did it take?
I made it all alone, it took me almost 4 months full time from A to Z, a friend helped me film a few shots. The cutting, folding, pasting was probably the longest part: there were a bit less than 800 polygons to make and they had to be near perfect for the process to be efficient. https://vimeo.com/121246086
Let’talk about the Butler font, a serif typeface you designed inspired by a mix between Dala Floda & the Bodoni family. Downloaded more than 250 000 times and awarded font of the month by Computer Arts Magazine.
First you have to develop your idea and see how far it will go, will it be interesting enough to be worthwhile? Then, how many weight you will develop, which glyphs, for which countries. I started with the drafting process, tryouts on paper to see the main feeling it gives you, the personality of the font. Then comes the vectorisation of the drafts, it’s a very precise step where everything needs to be perfect. In typography you will often use the curve of a letter to develop an other one, so if you change one letter you probably need to change a whole lot, and this in every weight you create. You have to be very careful and double check everything. It took about 3 months I believe.