November 25, 2008

Talk about a metamorphosis …


FF Mister K

FF Mister K Pro

The eccentric handwriting of Franz Kafka so impressed Finnish graphic and type designer Julia Sysmäläinen that she decided to create FF Mister K Pro, a font based on his “rather eccentric letter forms,” reports a blog post on The Font Feed. More precisely, the post says Sysmäläinen decided to “convert his handwriting with its unusually strong calligraphic characteristics into a digital script,” with “numerous alternate characters to avoid successions of repeating shapes,” in order for users to experience a more genuine simulation of Kafka’s handwriting.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.