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Bound to rules,
unbound in the usage.
Hyper geometric,
and minimal contrast.

Standard and condensed
each with 8 weights
Thin to Black

About

Torus X is based on a font project I originally started because of a client I had. I wanted to create a display and text font for their product design brand, which is all about reducing the amount of necessary materials and production steps. Before I started the course at tipo-g it was called -“REDUCE“ and was more or less finished. The concept was based on the name. How far can letter shapes be reduced to their core geometric concepts and still be identified as letters? But in a way, it lacked a unique approach and was just a generic geometric Sans Serif with a lack of finesse. There was already a glimpse of characteristics visible which would later define Torus.

The high focus on geometric shapes was not of the same severity, and the angle on the stems was less intense. Those, as I call them, fake serifs turned out to be a significant factor in legibility and the characteristic of the font. Besides those changes and improvements, I decided to implicate a new feature to the concept, a condensed style. I quickly realised  that it is impossible to keep my perfect circles and half-circles in this style without breaking my rules for the font. This „problem“ turned out to be the most crucial feature of the condensed set. Circular-based Letters will ignore the rules and boundaries of the condensed style and stay as
they are. This feature allows the user to create a unique rhythm in their texts, and if you use the variable font, you can decide how intense this rhythm will be. In this situation, the user can choose which letters are allowed to keep their shapes and which will be put in their condensed corset. All, some or none of them, you decide.

How far can
letters be reduced
to their core
geometric shapes?

How far can
letters be reduced
to their core
geometric shapes?

Concept Sketch by Michael MayrConcept Sketch by Michael Mayr
Concept Sketch by Michael MayrConcept Sketch by Michael Mayr
Concept Sketch by Michael MayrConcept Sketch by Michael Mayr
Concept Sketch by Michael MayrConcept Sketch by Michael Mayr

TORUS Family

Thin

I guess this is another example of the stubbornness that I built ...

Extra light

I panicked that I would be leaving at the wrong time. I was ...

Light

Yeah, I was alone and disconnected from my people, but I ...

Book

The phrase "certain things weren't meant to be" was stuck ...

Regular

For me, this hall represents the imagination of ...

Semibold

Walking through the streets, I started to value the beauty ...

Bold

Sooner or later, you will feel alone, and you fear that ...

Black

Reflections can happen in the best but also in the worst ...

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Creation Process

I created this font during a half-year stay in Barcelona.
I was living alone, and as you can imagine, a new city comes with many challenges, not only because of the apparent reasons but also because of the mental challenge. I thought about myself and my feelings; my specimens portray those emotions.
Collected as a  "newspaper" as well as single posters that
explain a feeling combined with a place I connect it with.

Fountain in Parc Ciutadella BarcelonaImage by Michael Mayr

I thought
about myself
and my feelings;
my specimens
portray
those emotions.

170 days

5 months

19 days

4080 hours

46,58% of 2022
MacBa Image by Michael Mayr

Poster set

The posters are a collection of portraits of four emotions that accompanied me during my time in Barcelona. In the posters, I explain my relation to those feelings and explain the connection to the places that are visible on them. Each also comes with an explanation of the area and the specific metadata.

Format: A2 420 x 594 mm

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Poster by Michael Mayr
image by Michael Mayr

Torus Editorial

The editorial piece comes in the classic newspaper format (350 x 500 mm). The newspaper is a collection of portraits of emotions that accompanied me during my time in Barcelona. In the editorial piece, I explain my relation to those feelings and explain the connection to the places that are visible in them. Each feeling also comes with an explanation of the area and the specific metadata.

Format: 350 x 500 mm

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Give it a
try and let
me know
what you think

8 weights

Standard

Condensed

Variable font
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Torus is the first font project I want to offer to the public. After my diploma at tipo-g I feel comfortable enough to show you what I developed in this half-year. I am sure you will see some flaws and missing characters. Let me know about this, and I will try to send out updates regularly.

Format: otf, ttf and woff 2

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Image by Michael Mayr