Michelle

A variable font for long reading on the web.

A Victorian lady sipping a warm drink with the text: At Bedtime I Take A Pleasant Herb Drink.

The six cups of coffee offered to the reader, by six of the foremost authorities regarding cooking, will bring a new and healthful stimulus to prepare that refreshing drink in a manner which shall leave nothing to be desired. They are not made from old grounds re-heated for the occasion, but are as fresh as the intelligence and the experience which have produced them.

A Victorian lady sipping a warm drink with the text: At Bedtime I Take A Pleasant Herb Drink.

A font to remember

Michelle is a font is designed in the tradition of beautiful oldstyle typefaces. I took a lot of inspiration in the making of the typeface from old literary works from the turn of the twentieth-century. The primary goal of this project was to create an oldstyle font that enabled comfortable long form reading on the web. I took stylistic queues from the calligraphic strokes of oldstyle typography and added a contemporary flair. The result was a font that is -- in my opinion -- a reflection of the atemporality of our current period in design history.

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It was the best of times,
 it was the worst of times,
  it was the age of wisdom,
   it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
 it was the epoch of incredulity,
  it was the season of Light,
   it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
 it was the winter of despair,
  we had everything before us,
   we had nothing before us. . .

A Victorian lady sipping a warm drink with the text: At Bedtime I Take A Pleasant Herb Drink.

This Text is set to Long Primer

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

A Victorian lady sipping a warm drink with the text: At Bedtime I Take A Pleasant Herb Drink.

This Text is set to Pica

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

A Victorian lady sipping a warm drink with the text: At Bedtime I Take A Pleasant Herb Drink.

This Text is set to Paragon

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

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A dog looking into a gramophone.

Michelle, ma belle
 These are words that go together well
  My Michelle

Michelle, ma belle
 sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
  tres bien ensemble

I love you, I love you, I love you
 that’s all I want to say
  until I find a way
   I will say the only words I know that
    you’ll understand

Michelle, ma belle
 sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
  tres bien ensemble

I need to, I need to, I need to
 I need to make you see
  oh, what you mean to me
   until I do I’m hoping you will
    know what I mean

I love you

I want you, I want you, I want you
 I think you know by now
  I’ll get to you somehow
   until I do I’m telling you so
    you’ll understand

Michelle, ma belle
 sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
  tres bien ensemble

And I will say the only words I know
 that you’ll understand, my Michelle

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About the font

Michelle was made to serve all of the typographic needs of small personal internet blogs. The project was completed to fulfill the course requirements of the typeface design course at Sheridan college. Although the project is technically finished, I may or may not revisit the typeface again later on when I am more skillful at type design.