Shaping Poetry with Font

Cocobiker font collage, September 16, 2019. © Haleigh Platt

I’ve always liked the way old letterpress type looks, but I’m drawn to modern type much more. The font I chose is Cocobiker, a variant of the Coco Gothic family created by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini in 2015. Pancini is currently the art director at Studio Kmzero in Florence, Italy. He creates fonts for Zeta fonts, a font developing group: “It’s inspired by contemporary grotesque typefaces, with a runic mood, geometric proportions and ultraconnected geometry. A sans serif font dedicated to hipster culture and bike lovers…” (Zetafonts). I love geometric designs, so I found it made sense that this font stood out to me the most; it looks and feels very unique and fresh. Rupi Kaur’s poems are very emotional and very powerful, they’re beautiful but sometimes contain very tough subjects to talk about. I think that by using one of her poems with the Cocobiker font made it feel less heavy and although I have an emotional reaction to it, it’s easier to read when written in a fun typeface. I think the tone of the poem changes, when written in Times New Roman with black ink, the words are staring you in the face. With a newer font, the words still hold their meaning but it’s easier to swallow. I think also by using a variety of colors and weights that the words might convey even more meaning and adds a lighthearted note.

Works Cited

“CocoBiker Typeface.” Zetafonts, Zetafonts, www.zetafonts.com/cocobiker/overview. Accessed 16 Sept, 2019.

Kaur, Rupi. The Sun and Her Flowers. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017.

4 thoughts on “Shaping Poetry with Font”

  1. I liked how you explained how your font affects the poem you picked. Like you said because the poem you picked is emotional and deep, picking this font changes the tone. It can make the subject matter less heavy. Looking at the picture, I can see how the poem is serious. But the font also gives it a different feel. I also think the font you used matches the poem perfectly. As for the font, I think it is cool. I like that it isn’t just letters but there are also shapes. Though having the shapes could make it hard to read.

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  2. I really like the font that you chose! I think that the geometrical pattern, which seems very weird and different when it comes to text, is very unique and sticks out on the page. I also think that this font makes it more interesting to read but also harder, and I think that this helps the reader slow down and actually figure out what they’re reading, instead of rushing right through it and missing the meaning entirely. I also like the line that you picked, because it sounds almost sarcastic, but I would take it more as a positive, like that despite everything that has happened, everything you’ve been through, you’re still here and living, despite it all.

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  3. What a fun, expressive digital font. Your post raises the important point that fonts reflect an attitude toward/within their time/place/culture, and this Cokobiker is hip and playful with its Gothic excesses. There is something very economical about its “R,” yet something boldly excessive about the extra line through its “T.” The line across the bottom of the “N” seems to fulfill the function of a serif (to simulate a line, for reading speed and ease), while remaining a pared-down sans serif.
    In the line of poetry that you chose, I notice a nod to signage “here you are” (as on a map or sign, for the lost). In that way, it reminds us to stop. Stop, you are living! In your font, I find both the desire to “stop” and the reminder of “living/life.”

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