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.

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Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

About Chronicle

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.

It’s not going to do any good to land on Mars if we’re stupid.

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.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don’t have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.

Designed by Michelle Liane Adams

Writer. Editor. Visual Designer.