Evi is a typeface that acted as a catalyst for me return to letterform exploration after spending a long time creating more straightforward letterforms derived from my #100daysofspontaneous grid patterns. Wanting to go back to something “simple”, I designed the forms on a traditional square grid before segmenting each into four parts and rearranging them into a wide variety of configurations.
Looking to again explore familiarity and rearrangement, I aimed to push my creativity by forcing myself to create until I ran out of perceived component arrangements. In the end I created 1023 individual options spread across the 26 letters and then narrowed them down to the 234 that make up the final typeface. The name Evi is derived from the word “deviations”.