This is a font made up of letters selected from samples of my brother's handwriting. Each letter has been scanned onto a template and then uploaded to a programme that processes the PDF into a true type font file.
After my brother died, I started gathering notebooks and pages of his writing to make a collection. People should see all this, I thought. But nothing I found seemed adequate.
In the time after he died, he had never felt more present. He was louder than ever, to me. I wondered about what really sets apart the living and the dead? I was immersed in him and his people, by their and my ideas of his ideas. In my mind I carried a heavy folder stuffed with representations of past versions of him. Yet when he was alive and I thought of him it was not through representations. Instead there was a glimpse of him in the present (it is harder to look directly at a person right in front of you) and then a future of him that lay unknowable and unending ahead. After he died his future was suddenly, starkly known; what was missing was his potential, that unknown. This font is a digital tool that should be activated.
In writing I imagine potentials.
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