Date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Critique: This custom typeface, called Voyager Type, by Christophe Barneau, was inspired by visions of the future from the 70’s and retro style. Used by the artist on graphics that feature the planets in our solar system, shown here is a culmination of the alphabet in order to show an example of the full Voyager typeface. The letters are all still very familiar and easy to read— the letter A, out of the entire alphabet, is the most symbol-like letter, which draws the most attention, as it is the first in the alphabet. Used in context to spell a word the A is recognizably an A, though utilizing elements of shape instead of only line in order to shape the letter itself. Most letters include shape added to them to make this typeface unique, such as how small circles, perhaps reminiscent of planets, are found breaking up letters like D, T and V. Other letters seem composed of circles where traditionally ovals or arches are found, such as B, C, G, P, Q and R, which not only allows the flow of the letter to flow naturally, but it also lends to an aesthetic that is unique to the typeface. Other letters have additional lines added. Small details are found on letters like F and N, and other lines are extended, like with M and W. Other letters that do not have these qualities are tweaked from their traditional portrayal. Not all of these letters share all of the same qualities, but put together, they work in harmony to create a very readable, unique and pleasing type face.