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.
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.
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.