Hex

HEX

Hex Projects is a typographic company founded by Nick Sherman that makes fonts and websites. This page shows fonts made over the past 13+ years. Most of them are still works in progress, with limited character sets, kerning, etc. Please email for info about font licensing, custom fonts, websites, typographic consulting, or general design services.

Brylski

№13
Pica
Rally
Spangled

Brylski was designed for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, to be cut as wood type. Named for wood type worker Norb Brylski, the design is based on poster styles from the 19th century, particularly one offered as phototype by Dan X Solo under the name Midway Ornate. Brylski diverges notably from the original models, with adjustments to the proportions and serif style, plus other design optimizations for the wood type production process. Available for licensing from P22.

Cleaner

Grocery
Specialists
Cold drinks here
You can blow your hair

Inspired by casual lettering seen in everyday settings: laundromats, work trucks, comics, parking signs, diners, etc. Some of the more distinctive quirks were adopted from a particular dry cleaning sign in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

Flight Center Gothic

Flight Center Gothic Bold

Gates 8–15
Connecting

Flight Center Gothic Bold Italic

Concrete
Head house

Flight Center Gothic Thin

Conveyor
1962 jetway

Flight Center Gothic Thin Italic

Landmark
Airline arrival

Flight Center Gothic was designed for Michael Bierut’s team at Pentagram as part of a restoration of the TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen’s 1962 icon of modernist architecture at JFK airport in New York City. The typeface is a reinterpretation of the building’s original signage lettering, with origins in Johannes John’s ‘Fette Kursiv-Grotesk’, originally released as a standalone italic in 1892 by the J. John Söhne type foundry. David Jonathan Ross assisted with the final font production.

Forester

Trail mix
Compass
Canoe stream
Birding picnic
River lake lantern
Outdoors roadtrip
Reserve tent park service
Binoculars hiking ranger

Forester is inspired by the rounded lettering found on signage at many public parks in America. The style comes from text being cut into wood by a router, leaving very few sharp corners. It also has similarities to informal lettering made with rounded pen nibs, including styles found in many comics. Current bonus features include a variety of arrows, stars, and other dingbat glyphs, plus a modular set of glyphs for creating sign-plank background shapes.

French Tuscan

Ouija
Locals
Thunder
Spirit reaper

A digital interpretation of a wood type face of unknown origin in the collection of Lanes Press.

Horn Please

Motor Fast Good Luck
Keep Distance
Great India
Supplier
Welcome

Inspired by a quirky, chamfered lettering style often used for “Horn OK Please” truck signs in India. The widths are drawn for variable interpolation.

Kobodaishi

Kobodaishi Display

Laminate
Plate Etching
Rapidograph
Rotogravure Gloss

Kobodaishi

Believing is Doing.
The Night Life Is For You.

Kobodaishi Text

Unleash your life force.
Plan your work and work your plan.
The best things in life aren’t things.
In the end all things will be known.

Kobodaishi is a digital interpretation of Electra, originally designed by W.A. Dwiggins. Unlike the other spindly digitizations of Electra on the market, this version includes a Text variant with sturdier proportions for use at smaller sizes. Though the original Electra series had no Display variant for larger sizes, I’ve begun making one (still in a relatively rough state).

Kultur

Rabid Exposure
Critical Reality
Caustic 1984 Visual
Fast Youth Uprising

Kultur channels the bold typographic designs from various subcultures that I grew up in or around: hardcore punk records, skateboard graphics, horror and action movie posters, counterculture magazines, independent comic books, etc. It follows the ultra-narrow flat-sided headline typeface genre sometimes referred to as “Inserat”, and includes alternate glyph options to evoke various regional/historical models.

Curvature

Curvature Condensed

For health
I like sweaters
Imported and domestic

Curvature

Greased
Love is war
Now open Sunday

Curvature Wide

Paints
Join now
Time to shave

Curvature Extra Wide

Nat’l
Dinner
Join or die

Curvature is part of a system for setting text on circles and curves, but can also be used on its own in standard settings. It isn’t based on any specific historical model, but channels a general workaday feeling from 20th-century commercial and industrial lettering that is bluntly plainspoken but not sterile.

Laureate

Imagine
Spilling
Wristband
Unmoving
Grungy swimmer
Brief sled prison

A digital revival of Laureate, a typeface originally released by the Keystone Type Foundry at the turn of the 20th century. This version is based on an adaptation by the Ludlow Typograph Company.

Lauweriks

1897 Work
Industrial
Rectangular
1901 Rationalist
Designer Atelier
Exhibition Material
Study Cosmic Triangle
Color Journal Editor
House Drafting Ideologist

Lauweriks was inspired by the Quadratuuralfabet, designed by Dutch architect and designer J.L.M. Lauweriks in 1900. The new typeface adds a lowercase and refines or replaces the forms from the original caps-only design.

Lupino

Shakespeare, I come!
I’ve never felt better.
God bless, God damn!
No. I don’t believe so.
¿Quién es? ¿Quién es?
It must have been the coffee.
Good enough. They’ll be fine.
This is the fish of my dreams.
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Instaurare omnia in Christo.
Oh, my country! How I leave my country!
I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.
Why? I’m right at the height of the rifles.
Death to fascism, freedom to the people!
Nothing soothes pain like human touch.

A typeface for small sizes, combining features of classic Dutch oldstyle and newspaper typefaces.

Manifold

Manifold Sans

Golf ball “Bud” italics
Required name processor

Manifold Serif

Work computer keyboards
Rush written overnight

Manifold Rough

Analog designer version
Unique system disrupter

Manifold Rough Serif

Devices eliminated work
1971 profile by typists

The original Manifold is a monospaced, caps-only, sans-serif typeface offered for use with IBM’s Selectric typewriters. This digital interpretation started as a basic revival but was eventually expanded with a lowercase, extra weights, plus Serif and Rough counterparts.

Margo

Kangaroo
Fallen Angel
Winged Victory!

Margo is inspired by classic hand-lettered movie titles and book jackets from the 1940s and ’50s. The typeface follows examples from the films Gentleman’s Agreement, The Gunfighter, and All About Eve – all art directed by Lyle R. Wheeler. While many unusual details from those sources were adopted for the design, the overall style had to be reined in significantly to function properly as a typeface (as opposed to hand-lettering).

NYC Sans

NYC Sans Medium

Subway Cars
Directory 8364
SEE INTERCOM AGENT
Street Level Entrance ↘
Commuter Doors Connect
Local 30¢ Transfer City Platform

NYC Sans Bold

Destination
All Trains Stop
Commuter Service
Local Station Turnstile
Special Underpass Entry
Rush Hours Transport Delayed

NYC Sans is a typeface originally commissioned by New York City’s official tourism agency, NYC & Company, as their brand typeface. The design began with my digitization of the type system from the 1970 NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. But that font – which was used for the reprint edition of the manual – required many modifications for broader contemporary usage. In collaboration with Jeremy Mickel and with design direction from Emily Lessard, additional weights and refinements were developed to arrive at the new typeface.

Papanek

Research integrity
Enable radio skills
Clean air & water technology
Planning means of production

Inspired by the energetic handwriting of industrial designer and social critic, Victor Papanek, this typeface began as a commission for use in a book on Papanek by Al Gowan. While many characteristics of the design come directly from samples of Papanek’s writing, I also instilled much of my own personal influences, resulting in a style that mixes aspects of hardcore punk and skateboarding culture with 1970s DIY hippie modernism.

Phive

Phive Display

Woman weds ape
Disturbing dreams
Monster takes two

Phive Standard

‘Flying saucer’ found
Weird killer still at large
Ministry angers centaurs

Phive Text

 
Good beginning is half done.
Be prepared fro extra energy.
You will be successful in live.
Jealousy is a useless emotion.

Phive Micro

Do not upset the penguin today.
A cheerful message is on its way to you.
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
The object of your desire comes closer.
You will have gold pieces by the bushel.

A digital interpretation of Stephenson Blake’s Condensed Sans Serifs No. 5, including a range of optical size variations.

Plastic Script

race our team
old riverboat
makeready additive
perforated caliper

Inspired by a quirky monospaced script available as a font wheel for the classic Dymo embossing label makers. This interpretation varies notably from the original to allow for smoother stroke connections between letters. It’s still essentially a proof of concept, with a limited/unrefined set of glyphs.

Skelter

bleach hornet
comatose blah salute
ensure unethical naturalism

The idea for Skelter came from a piece of blackletter calligraphy by Jaki Svaren. The typeface is still a very rough sketch with limited character support.

Strike

Reliable
Light bulbs
LAX ←→ NYC
I traveled easy
U.S.D.O.T. #2187674
We are the busy bees

Strike has the underlying proportions of rugged industrial letters from the turn of the 19th century, but reduces the weight to a fine hairline best suited for high-fidelity rendering. It started as an interpretation of a “Skelett­schriften” alphabet but quickly took on a life of its own, incorporating more contemporary design features, including a selection of modernist glyph alternates.