V&A Stencil fonts

Published Sep 17, 2019. Last updated Feb 13, 2020.

Back in 2016, LucasFonts was asked by the London-based design studio Johnson Banks to make a stencil version of TheSans for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Luc(as) got to do some cutting-edge work – and we mean that literally; he cut TheSans’s letters up with a knife.

Exhibition posters designed by Johnson Banks.

This work was undertaken for the 2017 exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970. Our stencil typeface was used in the advertising for the exhibition, as well as in the exhibition catalog, for headlines and other large texts. This is pretty fitting, because that catalog’s main text was set with the same custom version of TheSans that LucasFonts prepared for the V&A.

Of course, both TheSans extremes (ExtraLight and Black) got stencilized, so that a range of interpolated weights could be created.
Interpolating stencilled letters is not a piece of cake: in some characters – like this K – serious adjustments to the interpolated shapes were needed.
Cover of the exhibition catalog, designed by Johnson Banks.