Your final project for your degree course was a typeface called Antonym. What was the inspiration behind it?
Antonym is a high-contrast stencil typeface, with ‘add on’ serifs. I was inspired by Matthew Carter’s 1995 Walker face, as well as the experimental typography of designers like LettError. I wrote about both during my dissertation, and I remember being excited about the way in which someone who was classically trained had broken the rules. Part of my interest in doing this project was that it afforded me three months in which to learn the craft of making a typeface. Whilst the typeface was in production, I contacted a few great type designers like Phil Garnham, Andreas Neophytou and Lee Fasciani, in order to help me to learn this craft.
Creating a typeface can be quite solitary, often ending up on the internet and never getting any feedback. Antonym is both digital and physical, I made it in to three acid etched brass sheets, where you could draw in to the stencil and layer over the serifs with the others. Having something physical meant I could get immediate results. I worked with Anthony Burrill to create a one-off poster, and I felt honoured when he said he really liked it!