Style: Sci-Fi Sans Serif
License: CC BY 4.0
The Android Insomnia typeface originated with an earlier, round san serif typeface that I called Round One. The forms of the Round One letters were readable, but not interesting. So I decided to experiment and came up with a typeface that looked more like a science fiction title font. It is free for commercial use.
The name of the font comes from a line I wrote parodying the title of Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? My version was, "Do insomniac androids dream of electric sleep?"
Android Insomnia has been used by FMOnline for a watchface design for the Pebble smartwatch.
Android Insomnia has also been used by Pasquale Piccolo for an audio player app for WhatsApp.
Style: Techno Square
License: CC BY 4.0
Future n0t Found was my first released typeface design. I sketched typefaces and experimented with calligraphy for about 15 years, but hadn't actually made a typeface design into a font until October of 2014.
The concept behind the Future n0t Found typeface originated from the HTML 404 error "file not found." I've always liked the cadence of the term and the ubiquity of the error in the age of the internet. In the 90's, I even had a website called File Not Found where I published my prose and poetry. The typeface began when I conceived of a graphic design project called Future n0t Found that played on the 404 error, specifically the fact that the number 4 starts with the letter F. Thus 404 became F0F, with the O in the word "not" becoming a zero.
The general concept for the Future n0t Found project was a futuristic, digital world that isn't what we might currently predict from present circumstances. It would be an unexpected, absurd world filled with abstract concepts bordering on incoherence. As I worked on the project, I started creating the typeface as a blocky, angular typeface, almost like a futuristic version of an old Soviet propaganda poster typeface. As I designed the typeface, I liked it so much that I wanted to flesh it out into a full set of characters, and thus the Future n0t Found typeface was born.
Style: Art Deco / Streamline Moderne
The Airstream Futuropolis typeface orginated as a sketch of characters that I sketched on a page of notes around 2001 or 2002. It was originally called TRANSITION since that was the first word that I wrote in the typeface.
As I started to develop the typeface into a full set of characters in 2014, I sought a name that reflected the theme of the typeface most appropriately. I decided to name it after the working title for a fictional art history project in the William Gibson short story The Gernsback Continuum:
"Cohen introduced us and explained that Dialta [a noted pop-art historian] was the prime mover behind the latest Barris-Watford project, an illustrated history of what she called "American Streamlined Modern." Cohen called it "raygun Gothic." Their working title was The Airstream Futuropolis: The Tomorrow That Never Was."
— William Gibson, "The Gernsback Continuum"
Download Links: Work in Progress