Hitchcut font inspired by Saul bass and vertigo
Hitchcut fotnt, so, I was watching a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock. Just caught the last 20 mins. What an amazing filmmaker he was, one of the best. The poster for vertigo came on, it was designed by Saul bass the American graphic designer. Why am I telling your this? Well, both of those chaps are the inspiration behind this font—Hitchut.
I’ve always admired the work of Saul Bass, his kinetic type movie sequences are legendary. His typographic and minimalist style was amazing — what a legacy he has left us.
I wanted a bit of that retro vibe for my new typeface, that I have decided to call Hitchcut typeface, more on that in a min. This is my homage to Saul. To Hitchcock and to the film vertigo.
A homage to Saul Bass
Creating a new font can be an arduous task. Not this time, its going to be different This time. I’m not going to sketch it out, or even touch illustrator. Bollox to that, I’m gonna draw it right into glyphs app.
The Hitchcut font
I’m calling it Hitchcut — a play on Hitchcock and cut out (pretty obvious huh!). It’s wholly inspired by the movie poster vertigo, it’s an homage more than a slavish copy.
For the Hitchcut font, I wanted to have that childlike, playful look and feel.
It’s letter shapes are simple and even border on crude. Straight lines for everything, like it’s been cut out with scissors.
Hitchcut font—The fun part
After researching and surrounding myself in everything Saul Bass, it was time to get to work.
This is the first time that I’m creating everything in glyphs app. I normally design the letters in illustrator and copy them over — but not this time.
I started to draw rough shapes, only using straight lines and using the least amount of points. I started with the capital letters and just kept everything simple.
After I had all the main uppercase characters I moved onto the lowercase then the numbers and punctuation. It was all done quite quickly, I got all the basic characters done in a couple of hrs.
Hitchcut contextual alternatives
Contextual alternatives allow you to replace a letter with an alternative version. So if you typed ABBA each letter would be slightly different. It cycles through a1, a2, a3 and just keeps looping for each character.
I wanted three alternatives for each character in uppercase and lowercase. I didn’t re draw the three versions — I just copied and tweaked them. What I ended up creating is 26 x 3 = 78 Characters. More work but worth it.
Once I was finished I just exported as .otf and tested the hell out of it. Looking at the alternative letters, they were quite subtle, next time I’ll make them bit more obvious.
Get Hitchcut for just £5
If you like Hitchcut you can buy the commercial typeface for £5 at the link below. Don’t forget it has contextual alternatives, so if you buy it make sure you play with that feature in your software.
The font includes upper and lower case letters with two complete alternative versions, numbers, punctuation, symbols, diacritics. In total over 300 glyphs.Buy Hitchcut
Or you can buy in USD on my Creative Market shopBuy Hitchcut $10
P.S Feel free to contact me for additional licensing options and discounts.
Very happy with how Hitchcut typeface turned out. I’ve got a new skill under my belt, I have learned about contextual alternatives. It’s really amazing what you can do with a bit of scripting.
Now if I ever get the time I want to add different weights, like a light and bold version. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, oh well.
That is all.