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R9 Type+Design is an independent type foundry from Canada. We specialize in modern and contemporary typeface/font designs.

How I became a type designer

Travel along with me on my off-the-beaten-path journey to become a self-taught Canadian type designer from Vancouver, Canada.

 

GROUND ZERO: The Inspiring Sketch that Started It All

Tana Kosiyabong

After a long stint assisting hundreds of clients with their creative and design needs, I decided it’s time I start building a brand of my own. For weeks, I had explored tons of ideas over several buckets of fried chicken wings smothered in sweet Thai chili sauce. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to fit my utmost critical criteria: I must enjoy doing it.

Who would have thought that my off-beaten-path-journey had turned up out of nowhere? One day, while doodling in a coffee shop, I stumbled upon one of the letterings I sketched. I like the design enough that I decided to take one step further and created a digital version out of it. One thing led to another; That little drawing has now turned into an extensive typeface, Alio™. And most importantly, even after several months of working long hours, seven days a week and countless of kerning pairs, I found myself falling in love with type design more and more every day. I am now a proud self-taught type designer from Vancouver, Canada.

This sketch is the starting point of my type design career.

This sketch is the starting point of my type design career.

This is the finished version.

This is the finished version.

A partial glyph set of Alio™ Pro, an extensive type family.

A partial glyph set of Alio™ Pro, an extensive type family.