History Lesson

This post is a little more on the typography side, but I’m really excited about the typeface “History” from typotheque. It’s unique because it’s essentially customizable. It’s composed of 21 different layers which can be combined by the user to create drastically different looking type. The layers are said to be inspired by typographic history. You can try it out here, this is the online application that lets you mix the layers:
Obviously combining pre-designed layers is not really making a new creation, but it is pretty amazing as a concept. I don’t actually own this typeface, so I’m wondering how practical it actually is to use. I also like this quote from their website’s description of History:

While careless use can generate freakish results resembling Frankenstein’s monster, more careful experimentation can produce not only amusing, but surprisingly fresh and usable typeface samples.

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