This year I have started a new project in order to make better use of social media. I work on one font for one hour per day for a total of 24 hours. Each hour, I post my progress. I have daily posts on Instagram and Twitter and I encourage feedback from anyone. I am not saying 24 hours is enough time to complete a fully formed font. The aim is to show my design process for educational purposes and to get some new designs out there and see what becomes of them.

http://www.instagram.com/24hfont

http://www.twitter.com/domostanley

24 hour font

Day 1

Say what you like about Bob Dylan, the man knows about story structure.

Oh, Where have you been, my blue-eyed son?

This year I have mostly been working on a new project in my new home in Barcelona. Its called 24hfont (pronounced Twenty Four hour font).

Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?

I saw friends and designers I respect making good use of their skills and creativity to carve out niches for themselves in the design market. I saw that I have a good network of type friends who can support and guide my designs. I saw that I have been working for two years in type design and have not yet released a font. I saw a Barney Ronay article about cricket set against the backdrop of A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan.

And what did you hear?

I heard you tubers claim to create a font in an hour. I heard the days of acting alone are over. I heard the divide between Reading and The Hague lasts for generations. I heard you can waste your time selling yourself to your own industry. I heard Monotype owns the licences of designers who hate them. I heard fonts are software and shouldn’t be for sale. I heard that licences are of less value than trust and there’s nothing I can do if someone steals my work. I heard a computer could do what I do a lot faster. I heard that what we do isn’t design anyway and that none of us could call ourselves real designers. And I heard that I shouldn’t give up my day job.

And who did you meet?

I met very smart and passionate people from every corner of the globe who share a love for written communication. People who support other designers and volunteer for type industry neighbourhood watch. People who welcome new type designers and give advice for free. People who said I should start my own foundry, People who said that they would work with me. People who said they had no problem if somebody else copies a font of the month club.

Oh, what’ll you do now?

I’ll finish what I started which is the hardest thing in type design.

I’ll kern and I’ll extend and I’ll release the Lightbulb font on Future Fonts.

I’ll get going on Day 2 of @24hfont. Its a gift for my brother.

I’ll release my MATD project Hayward on Google Fonts.

I’ll release Joaquin. A project only four of you know about.

I’ll start a foundry with a couple of my friends.

Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinking’.

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