A condensed typeface for those times when you have more to say than space to say it in.
WITH 42 WEIGHTS spread across three separate widths, this mega type family was 18 months in the making — taking up a good many of my evenings and weekends.
Most of my typefaces grew out of a need for specific headlines or logos using typefaces that didn't exist. I would draw the letters by hand and, over time, turn them into complete fonts. Albireo is no exception, but rather than being just a one-off typeface for a particular project, I've used it extensively for many different projects needing a modern, condensed sans-serif.
Below is an example of Albireo I used for a window installation at the University of Utah's Sorensen Arts and Education Building.
Just in case you're wondering, Albireo is a fifth-magnitude double star in the constellation Cygnus. On a dark night, away from city lights, it's barely visible as a single point of light. Despite its unassuming naked-eye appearance, a telescope quickly reveals its hidden beauty. One of the component stars is bright orange and the other a brilliant blue.
I chose the typeface name as a reference to the newspaper feature page headline I needed way back in the predesktop publishing days of the mid-1980s that prompted me to draw the first five letters: S P A C E. In the unlikely event of you having a 1984–85 Society of Newspaper Design Design Award Competition Annual, you'll see it on page 133.