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With his new display typeface, Moscow-based Multidisciplinary Designer Victor Pesotsky creates an intense atmosphere through a dramatic use of diagonal lines.
“Due to the abundance of diagonal strokes,” Victor tells us, “the text set looks unusual, as if merging into a pattern.” The unusual forms of the typeface stem from a rich, imaginative process and an out-of-the-box approach; the designer, who has been creating fonts since 2018, says he imagined “what it would be like if long time ago, people decided not to make horizontal strokes in letters, but diagonal ones.” This idea became the seed eventually grew into Eskos Display, and having just landed in Type Department‘s collection, it’s already proving unforgettable.
“The diagonal angle is about 60 degrees or more, and if you continue the stroke at that degree to baseline or x-line, it gets very long and the letter becomes very wide,” Victor explains. “To tackle this, the diagonal strokes kind of wrap back up to become shorter, so the semi-oval will connect to the stem above the baseline. These bends in the strokes also help to compensate for the white space in the letters, like ‘L’ and ‘J.'”
“To make the typeface look organic and not too broken,” he continues, “all the bends of the strokes are rounded, and some of the corners of the strokes are rounded for graphic rhyme.” While at first glance Eskos Display could feel difficult to read, the consistency of its elements means that once you’re accustomed, this isn’t the case. It does, however, mean that Eskos is perfect in bold display settings, where its alternative shapes can be appreciated.