I originally created Bends Grotesque as a typeface to compliment my own work, inspired by my interests and inspirations. A set of characters that is a product of the ideas that I have, and how I feel about them. I’ve always been a fan of bold sans serif fonts, but I found myself loosing interest in the popular geometric favorites such as Futura, and Avenir. It wasn’t until I had discovered Druk, designed by Berton Hasebe for Bloomberg Businessweek, where I resonated strongly with the personality of an extended bold display typeface. I started to realize that i’ve subconsciously been attracted to similar fonts, such as Eurostile, which is used on one of my favourite album covers - Currents by Tame Impala. It only seemed right that I try and create my own to add to the collection.
I believe everyone resonates with typefaces for different reasons, and most are created with someone or something in mind. These extended bold display typefaces to me scream confidence and brutal honesty. It’s loud because it wants to be and they're unapologetic. At the same time, it could simply be used as a small, yet memorable mark, such as the Bespoke project. A simple way to balance quiet or negative space. I enjoy how wide they appear because it allows you to use it in abstract ways, such as filling up the width of a spread - something hard to achieve with light or regular typefaces.
Typeface Design, Personal, Renée Alleyn
- Glyphs Mini
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
*Please note, you are viewing an early phase of this typeface. This is an ongoing project.
A specialist typeface designed primarily for display purposes. This typeface may be used on screen or print, and could be effective in spatial contexts as well.
- News Stands
- Urban Streetscapes
- Print (i.e. Offset 4-Colour Printing)
- Digital (i.e. Websites, Online Publications)
- Medium to Large point sizes