Carolina Barbosa
A product designer in New York.

Suminami Specimen Book

Suminami is a display typeface.

The Suminami Specimen Book is a process book to showcase the display typeface Suminami (translation: Ink Wave) and its process from conceptualization to completion.

My main sources of inspiration for this piece were found in Japanese woodblock paintings (ukiyo-e) and in Japanese and Chinese calligraphy.

As someone who practices Asian calligraphy, I'm very aware of the many factors in this beautiful art, such as the stroke order in characters, the movement of the bamboo brush, and the way ink reacts with paper.

I aimed towards a balance between the uncontrollable movement of waves and the systematic structure of letterforms. Each letter, along with all ornamentation in this book, was done with bamboo brush and ink on large bristol boards, before scanned and digitalized.

This book showcases and explains my entire process of creating this typeface, from research to sketching, to its final form.


Publisher: Designerbooks
(Coming out late 2018)