30 September 2010

"Buttermilk": You need this typeface in your life!

One of the first posts I ever did on this blog was Cool website: Dailydropcap.com, extolling the virtues of a NYC-based graphic designer for whom there are no words - Jessica Hische. So it gives me great pleasure to announce that you can now buy some of Jessica’s incredible fonts, such as my fave, Buttermilk directly from her (amazing - go see!) store. Do it. Your computer-y hard drive will thank you for it. Truly.

The "Frequently Asked Questions" page of Jessica's online store unearths some interesting insights into the creation of "Buttermilk": 

Q: Buttermilk is your first commercial font - how long was it in development before you released it? A: It was in development on and off for about 2 or 3 months. 

Q: Which letters proved the most difficult to create. A: The creation of the letters wasn’t nearly as hard as doing the kerning and making ligatures and figuring out how to idiot-proof it. If I had to name a character that was hard to make it would probably be the uppercase J (which I still think is just ok, but I hate J’s) and the %, which for some reason was giving me grief. 

Q: What were you inspired by when creating Buttermilk? A: I drew a few words for a logo we were working on at Louise Fili Ltd. and the logo ended up being killed. I really loved the letters I drew (which I think were originally a bit inspired by bodoni poster italic) so I decided to draw a full alphabet anyway. Making it into a font was more of an excercise for me to learn how to use fontlab (which I still feel like i have very rudimentary knowledge in). 

Q: What’s the meaning behind the name “Buttermilk”? A: I think when you name a font, you want to pick something that feels in character with the font and also looks beautiful when set in the font. I originally wanted to name the font “Yours Truly” but there were already three or four bad fonts named that. Buttermilk popped in my head one afternoon and it felt right. It’s a very thick, round word that feels feminine but not too feminine which I think matched the font perfectly. It also utilizes some of my favorite characters of the font, the uppercase B the tt ligature and the lowercase k.

Q: What words would you use to describe the “character” of Buttermilk? A: A bold script that is fun but still sophisticated and is feminine but not “girly”.

Q: Do you plan on making more fonts in the future? A: Absolutely. It’s a pretty time consuming process though and I am only one woman so it is slow-going. I have too many projects I want to do right now!


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