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Matterhorn

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Issues

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Matterhorn is the official typeface for hiking and trails on Matterhorn Mountain, Switzerland. It is graceful and strong while still retaining its functionality as a readable typeface for would-be hikers along the lower trails and paths of Matterhorn Mountain and the surrounding area. Designed to be used on signage, maps and hiking guides for use around the mountain, Matterhornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whole purpose is to guide and direct the hiker or traveller. Matterhorn is meant to be read without distracting the reader from his current task, but it is still a beautiful and strong typeface. With its tall crossbars and cap heights, Matterhorn mimics the style of a mountain range, the majuscules towering over the minuscule creating a contrast that helps define and refine the typeface.

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Matterhorn is based on Futura, a geometric typeface, but it has been redesigned into a humanist typeface while still carrying many geometric qualities. The tall crossbar height found in the majuscules comes from the humanist perspective, which I used in an unconventional way. What makes a humanist typeface humanist is the use of an x-height with a ratio of .07 from the golden ratio. I decided to use a different selection of the golden ratio for my cross-bar height while still maintaining the .07 x-height. I chose a ratio of 0.016 to be the cross-bar height of the majuscules to give them a more extended and taller feel.

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Some of the issues I came across in the designing of this typeface are the issues with weight and shape. This set me back a long time since I had trouble making each letter uniform and similar but still different enough to be its own unique being. I also struggled with the angle of the Majuscule A. Since I based my letters such as M, V, W and X off of the A, the angle of the letters were all slightly skewed as well as having an awkward weight. I fixed this by re-pathing all of the angles for the A and the V, this time with a guide behind it to help the angles come out correctly.

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The angles of the O were an issue for me as I began to design this typeface, but as I worked and refined it the O became a strong point, which helped me move forward in my development. At first the curves of the O were much too round as I tried to mimic the style of Futura too closely. I was trying to keep all my shapes circular while still maintaining a very tall height. This, unfortunately, did not work out. It made all the letters much too wide and round to flow well together. I reworked the O to have a more angular and square curve that allowed for the letters to sit next to each other much better.

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Matterhorn

The oficial typeface for Matterhorn mountain in switzerland. By emmy Dorchak, a design student at Anderson University. Designed for Typograp...