Chimera is the most beautiful monster you’ve seen. It is an experiment in bringing dynamism and beauty into the traditional reversed con-trast typefaces, which remind us Western movies. Historically these typefaces were intentionally created to be ugly, their letterforms were designed as the opposite of the elegant classics, their weirdness was deliberately challenging expectations and grabbing attention. Defying the rules once more, Chimera twists this quirky concept into an elegant and versatile type family. Influenced by calligraphy with a broad-nib tool held at a steep 45° angle, the quirkiness is suddenly transformed into friendliness. Intended especially for display use, the typeface includes 3 high-contrast statement styles and 2 low-contrast companions. The low-contrast styles retain the same daring character, but are adjusted to perform well in smaller sizes. All the styles in the family are based on the same concept and share certain characteristics, but each one is completely drawn from scratch and brings its uniqueness to the mix.
Design: Maria Doreuli
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Specimen: CoFo Chimera
My name is Maria. I was born in Moscow and I have spent most of my life there. My passion for drawing as well as collecting printed ephemera lead me to study graphic design at the Moscow State University of Printing, which is where I earned a Masters Degree. During my time there I explored different subjects within the art and design field, before discovering that the right place for me was the Type Design Workshop. At the workshop I worked on my graduation project, William Typeface, under the head of Alexander Tarbeev, whose influence encouraged me to pursue my love for letters. As a result William received Letter.2, Granshan and NewCyrillic awards. I was also selected for ‘Young designer of the year’ by Akzia newspaper in 2011.
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