I want to share with you a type design project that I've been working on for about an eternity.
Mell Sans is a sans-serif typeface which is based on some well-known classics, like DIN, Futura, Gill Sans etc. but also has some unique characteristics of its own. My aim with it has always been to reach the elusive balance between being generic enough to be useful for longer texts but at the same time, as original as possible. Also, I am inclined to play with the thickness of some stems (but without really creating a reverse-contrast typeface).
What you are seeing now is the semibold weight, but I also plan to make a whole family, with cursive and (possibly) monospaced versions.
My primary target is screen usage, more specifically web.
Mell Sans is my first serious font design project (though I made a couple of display faces
a couple of years ago).
I began developing it in 2015 but I made a couple of huge pauses, as I was out of ideas. It started out as a geometric and "technical" typeface
. Then after a few years it started shifting away towards more humanistic forms
. I think incorporating different influences makes the typeface more interesting, and my current design is, I think, close to this equilibrium. But then I thought the same way a few years ago.
I am attaching two pdf files - mellsans.pdf
is generated from a web page and mell_sans_preview.pdf
from a traditional document.