The right type

Investigation into selecting a new brand font, to help gauge timelines and possible design knockon effects.

ROLE
Exploratory Design

PROJECT
Design System Investigation

CLIENT
Farfetch

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COMPATABILITY

Current font has a few accessibilty and implementation issues, whilst also not portraying brand values. Working out how Farfetch is currently perceived and how we can change certain perceptions through font.

Clarity is one of the main issues with the current font so selecting modern grotesque characteristics is at the forefront. To test impact of the new font an alternative font with similar properties as the current typeface.

 

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TRANSCRIPT AUDIT

A visually similar font to Polaris so the positives would be that the least amount of impact over the products would occur, but still the general brand and company values wouldn’t be translated appropriately.

So we chose to investigate a suitable Grotesque font.

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BASIS VALIDATION

Using a Chrome plugin called Stylish we were able to change the font over in a live environment. This allowed us to see potential errors and immediate impact.

Upon completion of a site audit with the selected font, several edits were required to produce a custom webfont for the Farfetch products.