This self-directed animation project began as an exploration of the typeface Colfax, designed by Eric Olson in 2002, with the intention to create a dynamic type specimen. The goal was to outline the geometric and linear properties of a versatile san-serif like Colfax. Type specimens are fascinating documents to me, outlining the framework and form of a family but often used to translate the typeface's character to the designer. By bringing this to motion, I hoped to help strengthen the integrity of the typeface.
Using consistent elements to assemble each part of the animation alongside a mechanical rhythmic soundtrack helps to reinforce the geometric personality of the typeface. Grids are used throughout to provide the typography with structure; glitches offer a seamless transition between screens and repeatedly copy types out letter by letter to allow the viewer to preview the entire alphabet in each weight.