designed by Michelle Liane Adams
Chronicle is a calligraphic typeface with classical space-age vibes. Perfectly suited for seventeenth-century astronomers or a mid-century science fiction novelist.
Chronicle is a sans-serif typeface that features curved stems and flared entry and exit strokes to mimic blackletter calligraphy. A “brushy” font, this typeface has an antique feel to it. One can easily imagine Chronicle featured in star charts or on mid-century science fiction novel covers.
Building Up to Chronicle
Chronicle was a typeface I discovered more than made. When I started designing my final typeface in second semester at TypeWest, I had little idea what I wanted to end up with. Only that it would have blackletter roots and be decidedly un-German. I didn’t want something that suited a propaganda poster from WWII.
I knew what I didn’t want, but I didn’t know what I wanted. Which left me changing my typeface every week as I played with elements and experimented with new ideas.
When I finally hit upon the combination of elements that led to Chronicle, I was struck with a kind of nostalgia: one for the Ray Bradbury science fiction books that filled my youth, as well as a feeling of “accessible” antiquity--it was the kind of feeling I got when using old manual star chart graphs with my dad to read the constellations growing up.
The final result evokes feelings of both the early space explorers of old and the authors who dreamed of their possibilities during the early space race years.