The writing system for Vietnam: Chữ Quốc Ngữ
Imagine if Cooper Black & Benquiat had a baby
Full Metal Jacket, a 1987 British-American film
The starting point of the typeface Dalat was a trip to Vietnam and a subsequent curiosity about the prolific use of Cooper Black for street signage there – ironically an archetypical American typeface. Foreign conflicts and colonisation are deeply entangled in the history of Vietnam which results in a very multi-facetted visual culture. The typeface Dalat is an unlikely hybrid and synthesis of these varying references; French Art Deco and Russian Constructivism comes across in the geometric construction of the letters, while the typeface’s soft serifs are derived from Vietnamese calligraphy (Thư pháp) whose terminals tend to thicken and pool. The assemblage of these styles results in a typeface that points East as well as West and finds its home in both contexts. With its decorative and playful characteristics, Dalat is mainly suitable for large text-sizes while maintaining good legibility in smaller sizes as well.

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