Introducing Bito - A free (unfinished) typeface


After being worked on, abandoned, worked on, abandoned, and worked on again many times over the last 15 or so years, I'm finally putting it out there.

Bito is a typeface I designed when I was studying in university that I never got around to finishing. Over the last few months I've put some time aside to finsh the lowercase glyphs and a few punctuation marks, and turn it into a font you can download and use for free.

The full story and download links are in the Bito Typeface page.

I have to thank Ryan, a former colleage, for encouraging me to work on and release Bito. It's been a fun project and I will continue to work on it as time permits. Next step is to finish the uppercase glyphs and missing punctuation marks. For example, the @ sign wasn't that important back then, but it sure is now.

Keen-eyed readers would have noticed that a few weeks ago I changed the logotype of Disturbances in the Wash to use Bito. I'm very happy to be using a typeface that I designed myself.

I encourage you to go read the story and download Bito. Let me know what you think.


On creativity and time

Beautiful video by Hungarian Kreatív marketing and communication magazine showing what happens when you allow time for creativity thinking. It opens with:

Our clients want us to do more work in less time.

How can we make them understand that for new, effective ideas we need more time?

We sent them this film to show them how creativity work.

Wonderfully explained.

Quote: Ira Glass about The Gap

Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

But there is this gap.

For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

I love this quote. Watch Ira Glass say it in this video interview. He's inspiring. I'm so glad I ran into this today.

Via: klifton

John Chandler's "Creative Loop"

John Chandler wrote an article on his creative process. He calls it The Creative Loop and it's an interesting way of looking at it. He breaks it down into Engage, Capture and Create.

He explains Engagement as the act of taking it all in. In other words, consuming what's around you. He says:

Consumption has been laid out as a direct competitor to creation. If you are doing one, then you aren’t doing the other. There is just enough truth in that for us to hold tight to it, and all the guilt that comes with it. But it’s not true.

I agree with this. Yes, sometimes we can go overboard by consuming so much that it literally doesn't leave time for creation. For example, a writer who finds the time to read a lot but doesn't find the time to write. I would call that person an reader and not a writer at all. A writer writes. But a writer also reads and that's a good thing.