Karben 105 Stencil
In this digital age, stencil fonts aren’t as relevant as they once were. Genuine stencilling has been superceded by vinyls, decals and digital print in many instances.
It does still exist though, perhaps most notably on the edges of railway platforms, where we're still reminded to ‘MIND THE GAP’ thanks to paint applied through a stencil. I guess the heavy footfall means that real paint is still the most durable solution.
Stencil fonts remain popular however, a stencil means ‘OBEY THIS INSTRUCTION’. The stencil style brings gravitas, and a utilitarian robustness, beloved of many designers.
I’m no exception, I’m intrigued by the way that removing parts of a font creates a new style. My ambition with this stencil variation of Talbot Type Karben, has been to create a stencil font with a difference. I’ve chosen Karben, as I like its geometry and think it’s condensed style is well-suited to a stencil treatment – the best stencils are condensed.
It would have been easy to remove a chunk straight down the middle of each letter, in the traditional manner. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s a time-honoured tradition but I would have created a font the looked similar to many others. Instead, I’ve tried to make the cuts in a way that’s sympathetic to the letterform, hoping to achieve a more elegant stencil.
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