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While in Michigan, I visited Fayette Historic Townsite (a ghost town) in the summer of 2012. At a small museum there, I encountered several otherwise unremarkable sheets of paper documenting the town's finances and supplies, as diligently noted by an anonymous townsperson/accountant. The handwriting was immaculate: I found myself emotionally sideswiped by this discovery, and felt overwhelmingly determined that this handwriting should become a digital typeface.
I began by tracing the photographs I had taken of the original 1878 documents, working obsessively to create continuous letterforms while remaining truthful to the original sample.
Fayette is a script typeface referencing the care and craft of historic handwriting, while encompassing a longing to connect the past and present. Intended for museum use, historic fiction, and references to swift penmanship. As a designer and educator, I shared my design process of this typeface (and the importance of typography) through a TED Talk at TEDxUofM in 2016, titled 'A New Type of Superpower.'