Collateral Sans



Collateral Sans is a heavyweight sans-serif typeface based on the idiosyncrasies of hand painted sign type throughout the Detroit-Hamtramck-Highland Park area. The typeface features glyphs that bob and weave above and below the baseline, beveled corners and swash-like terminating points that are reminiscent of the imperfections of brush lettering by semi-trained artists. By looking specifically at liquor stores, pawn shops and discount dollar stores, Collateral Sans embraces multiple regional vernacular type samples and synthesizes them into a sans-serif with personality. Collateral Sans works great at display sizes and due to the open counters it maintains readability at small point sizes.

In addition to a typeface, Collateral Sans comes in a set of custom laser-cut fluorescent acrylic stencils that can be used to create sign painted graphics on any surface without the expertise needed to freehand the letterforms.

Tools Used
Glyphs, Adobe Illustrator, Pen, Pencil, Graph Paper, Tracing Vellum, Laser Cutter

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My name is Eric James Wilson. I'm a graphic designer for brands, packaged goods and LCD screens who likes to think, sometimes draws pictures, and makes silkscreened editions.

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