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A classic titling face based on the hand-lettered covers of early 20th century French art books.

The Story

Earlier this year, while exploring the dusty shelves at my favorite used bookstore hidden in the backwoods of upstate New York, I came across this book/folder on the work of the artist Degas from the 1940s or 50s. I loved everything about it but the hand lettered typography on the title was so beautiful, and I had never seen this titling face before.

I began studying the grid of the cover for a potential blog post and started redrawing the 'DEGAS' lettering. I liked it so much that I decided to create the entire alphabet. As I neared completion I realized I needed to make a proper font out of this.

I am going to make a complete, commercial digital font. At this time, the font will only include caps, and a single weight but will include common accented latin letters, inflected latin letters, Greek and Cyrillic versions, and some stylistic alternates.

Use of Funds

The Kickstarter funds will be used to purchase font production software and to produce and mail limited edition printed specimens as rewards. Both the postcard and poster will truly be limited edition and will not be reissued.

A more detailed breakdown of the use of the funds is below:

  • Glyphs App (font production software): $300
  • Font Lab Studio (font production software): $675
  • 100 Screen printed posters (printing, paper, and shipping): $500
  • 250 Letterpress Postcards (printing, paper, and shipping): $400
  • 100 Poster Mailing Tubes: $150
  • Approx. Poster Postage: $500
  • Approx. Postcard Postage: $115
  • Everything else: Rubber stamps for shipping (return address), office supplies (tape), safety $ for printing quotes changing/unexpected costs/taxes, and to make a nice round total: $360

Total: $3,000

About Me

I am a graphic designer living in New York City. I began my life as a professional designer around the age of 16 when I began designing flyers, logos, and websites for clubs, raves, and the occasional straight-edge hardcore show. It was around this time that I experimented with my first typeface designs. I am now 33, have a BFA from F.I.T. in NYC, and have worked as Senior Designer for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. I am currently a freelance designer and one-half of the culture and fashion blog Domahoka, alongside my wife Doris.

Thanks and Dedication

Special thanks to RD for the video score.

Uchronia is dedicated to my grandfather, Leonard Cordato; Leonard, or 'Pow' as he was known to my older siblings, was a decorated WWII vet and sign painter who ran his own shop in Hudson, NY. Unfortunately, I never met him but I like to think his love for art and design, and in particular for typography, was somehow passed on to me. This being my first complete and functional typeface, I am dedicating it to him.

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    (1) Limited Edition letterpressed specimen postcard. 9.25 in. by 3.875 in., one color, one side, and numbered and personalized to you on the reverse. PLUS, your name etched for all time on a list of backers in the font's 'Read Me' file. *Outside the U.S.? Please make your pledge a minimum of $11.

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    (1) Limited Edition screen printed specimen poster. 38 in. by 25 in., one color, one side, and numbered and personalized to you. PLUS, your name etched for all time on a list of backers in the font's 'Read Me' file. *Outside the U.S.? Please make your pledge a minimum of $25.

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    Both the postcard and the poster: (1) Limited Edition letterpressed specimen postcard. 9.25 in. by 3.875 in., one color, one side, and numbered and personalized to you on the reverse. (1) Limited Edition screen printed specimen poster. 38 in. by 25 in., one color, one side, and numbered and personalized to you. PLUS, your name etched for all time on a list of backers in the font's 'Read Me' file. *Outside the U.S.? Please make your pledge a minimum of $45.

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    EVERYTHING included in the aforementioned rewards: The final font, the poster, the postcard, and your name in the 'Read Me' file. *Outside the U.S.? Please make your pledge a minimum of $105.

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    EVERYTHING included in the aforementioned rewards: The final font, the poster, the postcard, and your name in the 'Read Me' file. PLUS, custom letterpress 8.5 in. x 11 in. stationery, a qty. of 250, in one color, using the name or word of your choice and set using Uchronia.

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