Yuexin-Huo

Yuexin Huo

My Types

Monark

Humberg
fontives

Serif Workhorse | Big Family

Hotel Vertical Type

stonehenge_typeface
Design Brief
Hotel is an experimental type designed to be set vertically instead of horizontally. It flows from top to bottom and from right to left, like some far east asian scripts.

Vertical Type
For thousands of years, latin letters are always written and set horizontally, but what if there is a viable way to set them vertically? The opportunities would be endless. Typographical variety, advertisements, display types, and billboards can all benefit from having a vertical type-setting option.

Problems With Typical Typesetting
Because latin letters were designed to be written horizontally, they won't feel right when setting vertically. Because most traditional types are designed narrow and tall, setting them vertically would make the entire paragraph very thin and tall which is awkward to read; The presence of ascenders and descenders also prevent types to be set vertically with uniform letter-spaces; traditional letters usually have uneven letterwidths so they won't be aligned with each other when set vertically; setting traditional letters vertically also removes the reading rhythms that they bring in which is usually defined by the thick stems of the letters.

A New System
Hotel features a new system to be set vertically. All the letters have the same optical width so they can be aligned vertically; Letters have horizontal ascenders and descenders just for special glyphs; glyphs are optically balanced in the vertical direction instead of horizontal direction; glyphs are designed to be wide and flat to be accommodated in a smaller area.

stonehenge_typeface
stonehenge_typeface
stonehenge_typeface
stonehenge_typeface

My Types

Monark

Humberg
fontives

Serif Workhorse | Big Family

back to top