Hand-drawn letterforms and glyphs
Built in FontLab Studio & Adobe Illustrator
“This typeface is an offer of revival to the spirit of the time…”
Illustration made with watercolor, for the type specimen book produced to showcase La Bohème in print
Type specimen with quotes from Puccini’s La Bohème opera
Hand sketches on graph paper; These were then scanned to get them into the font editing programs
Concept & Usage
Consisting of dramatic circular drops, elongated serifs and intricate curves, La Bohème is best used as a display typeface. Use in headings or bold typographical layouts when an old world aesthetic is called upon.
The American Jazz Age in the 1920’s was a period of revelation, rebellion, and revelry. Women began releasing some of the age-old grips placed upon them. They began voting, working, and joyfully expressing the sensuality of the feminine. Disregarding the shackles of Prohibition, their elation involved lavish parties, smoke, velvet, and speakeasy rendezvous.
They invented scandalous dances like the Charleston, whacked off their hair in styles like the Bob, and used their long suppressed power to their advantage. Flappers, bathtub gin, The Fitzgeralds, and The Ziegfeld Girls. The lost ideal of The American Dream.
This typeface is a celebration of that bygone era. Its creation is an offer of revival to the spirit of the time. The name La Bohème is derived from a popular movie during the 20s, which was based upon Puccini’s opera.
A page from the type specimen book produced for La Bohème
Muriel Finley by Alfred Cheney Johnston, one of the Ziegfeld Girls. In creating this typeface, I imagined it on billboards or movie posters alongside their timeless beauty.
Hand sketches on graph paper; First drawn in pencil, then blocked in with marker for easy transference in software
Establishing metrics for kerning and leading in each letterform and glyph