Caeli is a speculative variable font designed to at once push the boundaries of the variable font format and critically engage climate change through type design. Caeli was developed in five steps:
① Digital Rendering
③ Ice Casting
④ Environment Action
Yes, Caeli was cast in ice and allowed to melt, giving the font its heavy axis. This process led to a variable font, ranging from Light to Black weights, guided by melting ice from the perspective of expanding water.
Caeli characters were drawn with crisp geometric edges at the regular weight to emphasize the transition into a melted letterform. As the Weight axis of Caeli increases, the letterforms that were once ice melt and expand to a more ‘bold’ form.
- Kaleb Dean