Blimey! Rough

by erathbone

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"Blimey!" is a typeface inspired by the 1970s Punk movement- paying notice to the political, economical and social issues of the time and how they affected what we commonly refer to as the “Punk Aesthetic”. Ransom note lettering, stencils, silkscreen printing and the appropriation of current cultural imagery aided the movement to deliver its important message of rebellion. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Starting off with the theme "Dangerous", my focus for this project drifted to the definitions of both “rebellion” and “anarchy”. This naturally led me to the Punk movement and how it’s graphic style has been adopted into contemporary design practice. These graphics were often rough, raw, weathered and distressed- all of which I’ve tried to incorporate into my own type’s design. Ironically, the fact that this “style” is being used for commercial gain goes against the very foundations of Punk itself. This realisation spurred on the font’s name Blimey!, an ironic expression that is perhaps the furthest away from punk itself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This typeface would be best utilised in consideration to posters, flyers and possibly book covers (providing the content matches the attitude of the font). Thank you very much, all comments are welcome!


This has a lot of character!
Comment by OsyenVyeter 18th october 2014
This is really nice!
Comment by GeronimoFonts 18th october 2014
Awesome work! Can't wait to see it completed
Comment by tortoiseshell 18th october 2014
Aha!! UWE are back :) What a great start to this design.
Comment by p2pnut 19th october 2014
very good so far
Comment by kix 20th october 2014
Excellent start...looking forward to the rest!
Comment by aphoria 21st october 2014
One question. What does UWE mean?
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 21st october 2014
You can read more about UWE here
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 22nd october 2014
Try this essential tool - All Composites In My Bricks.
It may smooth out some "bit's a little too pixelly".
Comment by djnippa 23rd october 2014
Thank you all for the comments! They've really motivated me to just keep going :)

@1saac - We're a graphic design BA course in England (University of the West of England). One of our projects is to create a font using Fonstruct- which I wish I had heard about earlier! It's the first time a lot of us have even touched type, so it's really been an experience so far.

Thank you also for the link Djnippa, will try some of them out and see how it goes.
Comment by erathbone 23rd october 2014
Inmediately after posting that comment I searched "uwe" at Google. Didn't wonder before ;)

Good luck to all with your group's projects, they look pretty good!
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 27th october 2014
And also thanks to meek for the UWE interview link. Gonna read it right now!
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 27th october 2014
You're font is v. sexual, i enjoy it thoroughly ;)
Comment by raidenxo 27th october 2014
I was wondering why UWE rarely get given Top Picks? When clearly there are some deserving contenders. Although I think TPs should always have a more completed character set. :)
Comment by djnippa 12th november 2014
Awesome! Just what I needed.
Comment by anonymous-1119689 23rd december 2014

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