One of the later Flagsmith working files, all layers ON.
A couple of weeks ago we launched Flagsmith, a typeface that uses opentype to transform words into shapes that make flags. We collaborated with our real-life pals Lizy and Travis of Scribble Tone, creators of Chartwell. Now that we’ve sent Flagsmith out into the universe, we can step back and talk a bit about how it came to be.
There’s always been something very satisfying about the simple arrangement of shapes, pattern and color found in flags that have the power to evoke so much emotion and pride. We enjoy designing them and after having made a few for various projects came up with a system that we liked and wanted to expand upon.
Flagsmith started with the goal of making existing flags, but It quickly evolved into a system of pieces to make new and unique flags (as well as variations on real flags). From the first versions of Flagsmith we tested we got super excited by how fun the process of making these flags was. The joy that came of the moment when the words became shapes, then magically snapped into a flag reminded us of playing with blocks and legos as kids.
We’re very happy with what Flagsmith became, that we were able to make something rad with our friends, as well as the wonderful response that we’ve received to the project. Just in case folks don’t find themselves in need of thousands of custom flags for a real project, we’re hoping they are willing to play anyway. Our goal was to celebrate the process of creating, the satisfaction of making something unique with the pieces you’re given.
We encourage everyone to try the demo, and if you do get Flagsmith and make something fun be sure to send it our way: firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to see your creations!
For a more detailed overview, trial version, or purchasing info visit FlagsmithFont.com.