Chaparral Pro Typeface Specimen

Student Work, Jan 2016 – May 2016

Every Graphic Design student at Rhode Island College researches and designs a typeface specimen booklet on a typeface of their choosing. It was commonplace for students to pick Helvetica, Futura, and Gotham. I wanted to set myself apart and in that search, I found Chaparral Pro by Carol Twombly for Adobe. I was drawn to the abrupt terminals and angular serifs and with a varied set of weights, this is a workhorse typeface that I always keep in consideration.

While researching Chaparral Pro, I became fascinated that it was the last typeface Carol Twombly designed before changing careers from type design altogether. In that vein, 'Famous Lasts' became the theme for which would be my inspiration. Below you'll see typographical compositions based on Oscar Wilde's last words, Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper, and the epilogue to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.