Decay of TNR

by Sebastian Bland (blandsdf)

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I began by exploring the theme of decaying objects, such as fruit, and studied the shape (and change of shape) of the objects, as they progressively fell apart. By creating hand drawn sketches i began to create a typeface that looked as though it was rotting/melting away. I used a traditional typeface, Times New Roman, that could be considered as quite boring and a font which has been around for a long time and then used it as a base font which i then made to look as though it was rotting and falling apart by refering back to my earlier sketches. Overall I aimed to create a typeface that represents the decay of an older, more traditional and perhaps overused typeface.


Very impressive. The greyscale coloration gives a great effect. 10/10
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 8th november 2009
Really cool technique and amazing results.
Comment by aphoria 8th november 2009
Wow! Hope you got a 10 from your professor as well.
Comment by thalamic 8th november 2009
Superb stuff, great concept and highly detailed with each character telling a different story. Top marks.
Comment by djnippa 8th november 2009
Oh boy! This is good ... it's more than good, it's great! At lower sizes it looks hand painted. A big 10 and much respect :)

Comment by p2pnut 8th november 2009
Hey guys, thanks a lot for all your kind words. Much appreciated. any feed back on anything will not ignored. thank you!!
Comment by Sebastian Bland (blandsdf) 8th november 2009
I especially like the worms! 10.
Comment by fontcollector 8th november 2009
TNR made of rotting organic material, feeding maggots. A bizarre, almost surreal concept with masterful execution. Fortunately, poor Stanley Morison passed away long before he could have witnessed the fate of his creation. :) 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 8th november 2009
Fantastic work, very impressive technique.
Comment by gferreira_admin 9th november 2009
Wow, these are amazing! How did you get grayscale?
Comment by carissaraptor 10th november 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Decay of TNR” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 27th april 2010
Wow thank you very much. I'm honored
Comment by Sebastian Bland (blandsdf) 27th april 2010
Wow! Very unique! I love the melting effect!
Comment by EverEvolvingSoul 20th june 2010
I don't like the worms at all, they're too aliased and dark, they don't fit the rest of the font.
Comment by defefe 23rd july 2010


Comment by shadowwolf9 14th march 2016

Wow this is so original I love it!

Comment by Luuk Mölders 15th march 2021

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