is an Interdisciplinary Graphic Designer currently working at Yellow Brick Group and studying Type Design at Type West through Letterform Archive. His work is inspired by various facets of culture—whether that be mainstream, or subcultural... and strives to work within an experimental, collaborative, research driven, and sometimes speculative environment. With a heavy focus on big ideas & typographic form, his practice focuses primarily on the construction of books, typefaces, lettering, identities, & posters. To keep up with his works in progress, follow him here.


De Spira

Typeface, Book, Research


De Spira is a revival, recreation, & interpretation of the Von Speyer Brothers’ metal-cast Roman style typeface created during the 1400s in Venice, Italy. To best understand the original design, a deep-dive into the anatomy, original sources, and spacing was necessary to begin to recreate from such an old style. The new design is drawn to work in a contemporary context—the spacing is reworked and the forms are refined from the original to be of use in the 2020s. 

Instructors: Graham Bradley, Kel Troughton, Libbie Bischoff. Special Thanks: My classmates in TypeWest 2021!

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