Who is Hanoded?

A couple of years ago I made a living guiding tour groups around the world and selling the photographs I took during those travels. I really liked my easy-going life and I told myself I was never going to settle down!

But the times they were a changin’… I became a dad and needed to find a more steady job.

I decided to focus on photography. An image says more than a thousand words, so I figured I needed a website. To make the site more personal, I wanted to use a ‘handwritten’ font. I found many, but none were what I had in mind. I had no understanding of fonts (I always thought they came with your computer), so I read up on the subject, watched a whole lot of tutorials and finally created my first (ugly) font. In the end I never used it for my website, but that first ugly font started me off in a direction I had never thought about.

Right now, I live in the fruit growing area of Holland with my lovely wife and three small kids.

All of my fonts are still made by hand, using whatever material I can find – pens, crayons, Chinese brushes and broken satay skewers. I still don’t have an office: I use the kitchen table, much to my wife’s dismay.

So tell me....

An idea for a new font is¬†usually born late in the evening. I mull it over for a while, take out a sheet of paper and start sketching. Sometimes it takes 4 or 5 sheets of paper to get it right, other times I spend hours trying to transfer the idea in my head onto paper, but it just doesn’t work. Underneath you’ll find a few original sketches of some of my fonts.

Colporteur Sketch

The Dud...

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