PROJECT Kopfrkingl, a type for gravestones
Each year hundreds of typefaces are designed for editorial, web, and other common uses. But who stops to consider modern gravestones? Like many typographers I am fascinated by graveyards and think this area of typography is unfairly neglected. My typeface is designed for sandblasting: the cheapest and most popular way to engrave headstones. Many technical and thematic limitations had to be considered. It has different weights and widths to help set texts in physically limited space, solid shapes, low contrast and loose spacing to make letters survive, and, despite the theme, a cheerful feel. The experimental display version that explores the countershapes of letters currently consists of 969 glyphs and is still growing.