Tropikal Sketch: A Filipino-inspired Typeface

Type Design
July 10, 2020
By Gabriel Reyes

A quick update... From the initial Koko logo sketch & further exploration of type, I was able to expand it into a custom-typeface I named "Tropikal Display". Tropikal is a serif display typeface inspired by the old typefaces from Philippine bank notes and cigar packaging where their defining quirks are sharp edges and high contrast between thick-thin stokes.

It was a lot of fun sketching out the letterforms and through the process found out that some letter forms really do share common parts making them a part of one type family. By reusing the parts, it made the type design process a little bit easier. Now my next step is finalization & application of the type and logo, where I digitize the sketches, create different mockups and type applications. Hope it all comes together. 🤞

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