Oblivium Layered Font - Amber Nest Design
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Oblivium Layered Font

Amber Nest Design / Oblivium Layered Font

Creative, Fonts, Typeface Design, Typography

Oblivium Layered Font

I have been collecting fonts for at least 15 years and I lost track of how many I own at around 1000. However, even with an abundance of fonts I’ve found my font library bereft of condensed fonts. There are one or two that I rely on very heavily, but they are all fairly plain, not decorative. I wanted a tall, condensed modern font that I could still dress up in a headline. So I designed Oblivium.

In the family there are 12 fonts:

1. Oblivium (regular)

2. Oblivium Beveled Outline

3. Oblivium Extrude

4. Oblivium Inline

5. Oblivium Outline

6. Oblivium Bevel

7. Oblivium Outer

8. Oblivium Inner

9. Oblivium Top

10. Oblivium Bottom

11. Oblivium Left

12. Oblivium Right

The working title was Spruce Goose – I am a big Simpsons fan, (it’s a reference to Burns’ model plane – the Spruce Moose, in Ep. 10, Season 5,  which itself was a reference to a real plane,) and this was supposed to hint at the early 20th century (gothic/sans-serif typefaces boomed at the beginning of the 20th century.) However, during development I got sucked deep into a synthwave/vaporwave hole so I put two words together that describe a sort of pleasant dissonance that you get when you feel nostalgic but know that the more you follow that rabbit hole, the more disengaged you become from the present. I put Oblivion and Delirium together and came up with Oblivium. This describes the typeface fairly well. It is modern, but can easily be worked up as a nostalgic piece.

Decoration can make type harder to read which is why I designed this font with readability in mind. The characters in each font are almost entirely consistent widths, (W, M, and I are probably the main exceptions,) embellishments are rational, and the outcome of this is an extremely versatile typeface which can be used to make long words and sentences stand out, and stand strong.

Obviously these are designed optimally to work as layered with other members of the same family, however you can use Oblivium regular, Outline, Inline, Bevel Outline or Extrude as stand alone fonts.
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July 3, 2018


Font, Typeface Design


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