Vernon is a condensed, high contrast, Art Deco-esq, semi-serif typeface. 

Vernon was created in 7 weeks under the supervision of Mark Jamra (the Maine based typographer and creator of Kigelia, Expo Sans, and Phoreous Cherokee) during his Advanced Letterform class at Maine College of Art. Creating a typeface is typically a process that takes years but with a tremendous amount of hard work, keen attention to detail, and un-wavering love of typography, we made it happen. 

This typeface was inspired and named after my hometown and the street I grew up on; Mount Vernon & Vernon Parkway. This typeface is composed with specific numerical values in mind creating its distinctive geometric proportions. 


Mount Vernon, New York


7 Weeks for a complete weight of a typeface is a bit unheard of in the typography world. Typically typefaces take years upon years of work, revisions, re-designs, re-programming etc. This project was a challenge – intentionally. 

I was more than up for it, but I established a precedent for myself from day one: Record every time you work. 7 weeks will fly by in a flash before you know it and it can quickly become a blur. Well, it did. The 7 weeks went by and suddenly I went from creating a lowercase e to having a complete and cohesive upper and lower case full set of letters, numbers, and punctuation in one weight of a typeface fully coded. 

In Hindsight, I am so happy that I chose to document this project in this capacity. This assignment was a whole new realm for me, and now when I am in a similar situation I will have the ability to work better and smarter by learning from my own process and improving on it. Below is the sped up process video of how Vernon typeface came to be. Enjoy.


Type Foundry Review!


In the summer of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic lockdown, the Grilli Type Foundry put out an open call for typeface submissions for team review. I took a shot and sent mine in – thinking nothing would come of it. They received thousands of submissions and noted to their following that they would only be choosing about a dozen to work with.

A few weeks later I woke up to an extensive instagram post containing a full review, suggested edits, and constructive feedback from their incredibly talented design team all on my typeface Vernon. To say I was overjoyed would be an understatement. 

Below you can visually see some of the recommended adjustments/where the Grilli team went with it. After connecting with the team over email and receiving some additional private words of wisdom, I was inspired to begin Vernon 2.0 which implements a majority of their edits as well as some additional improvements.

A typeface is never complete, and a typographers work is never done – that is how we like it.

Typeface Details

Vernon is currently available in one weight — Bold. 

Vernon is recommended to be used as a display font and go no smaller than 32 point. 

Vernon is recommended to be used as a display font and go no smaller than 32 point. 

Vernon is a typeface intended for Display usage and should not be implemented for body copy or go below 32 point.

Vernon 2.0 is currently being developed and will contain a full range of weights. 


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