ESTHER KLINGBIEL // SCHOOLTEACHER TYPEFACE, 2015



Schoolteaher Regular


This typeface was an early experiment using the Fontstruct platform. I wanted to make a highly legible, uniform typeface ideally suited for digital use; hence, the emphasis on a style based on pixels. I named this typeface Schoolteacher because it reminded me of the way teachers write when teaching young children the Latin alphabet.

Both Schoolteacher Bold and Schoolteacher Wide heavily emphasize "shadows" cast by letterforms, following a very specific set of rules. The aim was to convey two shadows being cast simultaneously in both directions; with Schoolteacher Wide, the left-casting shadow was further edited to cast outside of the letterforms until the pixels reached the letter's baseline.

The rule for the origin of these shadows was that they should be cast from pixels within the letterform that had empty space above them (aka no other pixels constituting the actual letterform). When shadows overlapped, a heavier pixel was used.

Schoolteacher Regular contains the exact same letterforms as Bold and Wide, however the shadows have been significantly reduced. Here, shadows are cast only to the left and are not allowed to be cast in open sections of letterforms. Basically, the rule here is that the shadow would have to hit a line in the letterform before it reached the letter's baseline.

Although this experience was tedious, the strict adherance to the guidelines and rules I set at the beginning of my process resulted in intricate and precise detail for the entire alphabet and numerics.



Download Schoolteacher Regular, Bold, and Wide for free HERE.

Bold and Wide are optimal for heads and subheads. Regular is optimal for heads, subheads, and body text, although I wouldn't recommend making the type size too small. The point of this typeface is to literally look between the lines at the details.



Schoolteacher Bold



Schoolteacher Wide



Type specimen using Schoolteacher Regular



Type specimen using Schoolteacher Bold



Type specimen using Schoolteacher Wide