Type Tuesday: Bakemono Is Inspired By Typewriters and Eastern Calligraphy

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Created by Francesco Canovaro, Bakemono is a typeface that mixes details inspired by both mechanical typewriters and eastern brush calligraphy. The duality of the inspiration creates a unique effect. While filled with style and personality, the typeface is still legible and, with the variety of weights, has quite the potential we love to see with new fonts. Bakemono is the type of font that could work with headlines, body copy, and everything in between, a rarity, for sure.

Francesco Canovaro created Bakemono as a way to explore the design space around the duality of fixed/proportional width. He was also interested in the concept of monowidth design, inherent in monospaced typefaces, that can bring flexibility and ease of use also to proportional type – allowing you to change the weight of a word without losing the text alignment. In his research on fixed width type design he mixed the lessons of mechanical typewriter technology with the intuitions of eastern brush calligraphy, which has been dealing with for centuries with fixed space grids. 

The name of the typeface comes from the Japanese shape-shifter yokais that could change their form freely between human and 

animal, and aptly describes the metamorphic nature of this wide superfamily coming in proportional, monospace and intermediate subfamilies. With a design mixing the expansion principles of the brush with the sharp technicality of typewriter and system fonts, Bakemono can both excel at text size in its regular widths optimized for legibility as well as owning the page at display size with its uncommon design details.

Bakemono reflects its multicultural nature with its extended latin + cyrillic charset, soon to be expanded with Bakemono Arabic (exploring the fascinating world of monospaced arabic script) and Bakemono Kana (our first experiment in cjk scripts). 

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