Francois One is an alternative to the classic industrial gothic sans-serif model of typefaces. Francois One was intially designed by Vernon Adams for Google Fonts. Over the course of a summer I was guided with Dave Crossland, Jacques Le Bailly, and Aoife Mooney in redesigning the typeface to better fit a specific brief as well as improving the overall drawing of the typeface. View the Google Specimen
Inspirations for Francois One were taken primarily from gothic sans-serifs while injecting organic curvature and angles from more glyphic, handwritten typefaces. The typeface explores a semi-glyphic flair to the classic model that inevitably liven's up the x-height and provides a bouyant and "absurd" personality.
Francois One is primarily a display typeface and follows the model of Franklin Gothic Bold Condensed. Due to its quirky expression, Francois works well in place of other Gothic sans-serifs where an extra flourish and play is needed. The letterforms create a cartoony bounce at the x-height which livens up any word for the extra punch.
Before the contract ended I began groundwork for the next expansion of the system. The future development of the typeface will bring regular, wide, and super wide masters.