It was a daunting task to come up with a font which could be original in the way it expresses the continent. Thornface was also my fist attempt at designing a typeface family of three fonts.
The font was initially based on what the Roman alphabet looked like some 2 000 years ago–I chose Roman for its fairly neutral, well-proportioned structure. I conceived and sketched the font with a 2B pencil on paper when I was travelling in the Great Karoo. This ancient “thirst land”, as the San called it, offers perfect stillness and allows one to think thoughts through one thought at a time, without destructive disruption. Later, in my Johannesburg studio, I used Fontographer to produce the font.
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