Let the objects around you be an inspiration. That’s what transpired when June Shin saw a publication of etchings by the French artist Charles François Daubigny: Voyage En Bateau: Croquis à l’Eau Forte (1862). The cover page inspired her custom lettering for the RISD ‘Altered States’ exhibition in 2017. That lettering later became the cornerstone of her grotesque sans serif typeface Rapport–a personal rendering of something familiar.
Whimsical features, such as the underbite on the c and e and the stroke terminals in the italic, give character to the design and its general wideness adds warmth. Simple and functional, the practical becomes poetic in the details: the tail of the Q; the diagonal of the ampersand; and the alternates for l, a, and g. Discover personality rather than uniformity in a well-known genre.
The family works from 10 point but shines in larger sizes; think posters, signage, and exhibits, with small caps included for a greater typographic range. Try pairing it with Kazimir and Marat and the dingbats of Occupant Gothic and Eggwhite. We may be seeing more forms of Rapport–on the same cover Shin found clues to what serif and script faces might look like. In a life of noticing, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
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