Kobata Font

kobata font
kobata typeface

Kobata is an experimental typeface based on some simple rules:

The only possible shapes are rectangles and circles.
Rectangles can't touch each other on their sides to create more complex shapes, they can only meet by their corners.
Circles are the only shape of which the size can be optically corrected by diverting from the 50*50 UPM grid.

The result is a geometric but functional font that takes some hints from calligraphy, embroidery and digital art. The succession of vertical strokes and square pixels create a visual interference, like a glitch in the font file. Elseways, the dark spots produced by the circles on the page look like raindrops falling on the surface of a pond. You can use it on short texts, for visual identity and art projects, to create a dramatic effect.