A “photo album” of illustrations and hand writing from old photographs found at my grandfather’s farm. The illustrations are drawn with the photographs as references, and depict scenes from life on the farm, for the people who lived there before my family. Some of the photographs had text written on the back, in the wavy and curly hand writing used back then. I wanted to see if I could make this into a font, to be written digitally, so I analyzed all of the hand writing very carefully, collected the different shapes, and worked on making the letters connect in a good way. It was challenging to transform the handwriting into a font, and inevitably some of the original personality and variation of the handwriting was lost. I don’t think there is a way to keep this in a digital font, but it was incredibly interesting to work on, and it made me reflect a lot on how much the movement of an individual’s hand shows up in their writing, and how we can never replicate someone else’s writing accurately for this very reason, only resemble it. 

I am a graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Bergen, and works as a risograph technician, teaching design and art students the process and technique of printing with a risograph, at Faculty of fine art, music and design (KMD), UiB. In May 2020 I finished a bachelor degree in visual communication at KMD. I love the ocean (even though I am afraid of it), collect old photographs and books, and enjoy drinking tea and having a cat on my lap.