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Rig developed from a quest to find ideal letter shapes for a shaded typeface while maintaining its geometric principles. Each character had to be designed for maximum clarity and harmony when combined with 3D effects, while the extrude and shaded styles have been handcrafted to produce consistent weight and tone. Influenced by custom 3D lettering and sign painting, Rig Shaded has four weights each with two shading styles.
All terminals are at 90º or 45º with open counters and optically altered shapes and all extrudes have been adjusted for a consistent weight and to avoid obscuring the letterforms. Visual harmonies have been built between the stem widths, spacing and the extrude depths to aid the uniformity and rhythm of the type.
Extrudes from diagonal strokes have been redrawn entirely and extrudes within counters have been reduced. Transitions between ﬂat extruded sides and adjoining curves have also been optically smoothed.The distinctive chequered halftone is more performance and file size efficient than one traditionally made with circles. A circle requires twelve data points to render, whereas a square requires only four.
Rig Shaded had developed into a 4 weight, chromatic family (Light shown), each with two grades of halftone shading, Coarse and Fine, which emphasise Rig’s solid appearance.