In late 2019 I entered the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading. While there, I designed a multilingual type family, wrote a dissertation, attended many lectures and workshops, and visited many pubs. When the world was sent into lockdown the graduating class was no longer able to produce traditional print specimens. Our class was tasked with rethinking how to present a print-based object digitally. As the only designer with experience in UI/UX I took the lead on managing and designing the website along with Simon Thiefes who took the lead on developing the website.
The main objective of this website was to create a "quiet" design that would let the work speak for itself. The second, was to create something that allowed us to talk about our work in less formally.
I opted for a component based design for the specimen pages that would allow each student the freedom to contribute as much content as they wanted to. There were five variable components that could be implemented at the discretion of the designer as many times as they desired:
In my designs I created a mock specimen page that used all components as a guide for when students designed their specimens.
Screenshots of mobile designs