A brand new take
on classic wood types.
Designed by Dave Bailey
Discourse comes in three widths:
Every one of the Light and Heavy weights have their own shadow, outline and fill versions that can be layered for a dazzling and fun chromatic effect.
Create a new layer using a Fill version of the Discourse typeface
Copy the first (Fill) layer to create a new one underneath. Change the font to the Outline version of the same weight and width of Discourse.
Copy the second (Outline) layer to below and change the font to the Shadow version; again, use the same weight and width. Always place Shadow versions behind the others.
Go pour yourself a tall, cold Sarsaparilla to celebrate a job well done.
Discourse is a type superfamily comprised of 24 fonts that was first visualized when designer Dave Bailey heard a preview of the song “Dust and Buried Bones: A Western Fantasy” by Opiate Eyes. The title alone projected vivid ephemeral images of gritty western films and the Oregon Trail.
Although Discourse references classic reverse-contrast wood type associated with the era of the Wild West, it re-interprets conventional forms into something with a more unique and distinctly neo-modern feel.
The three heavy weights of Discourse concentrate on creating the highest visual impact with the darkest color possible and tight spacing. The thick horizontal strokes create strong word shapes and the consistent color and rhythm creates a pleasantly even block of text. The three light weights are the opposite extreme, completely shedding the weight of the horizontal strokes that characterizes the heavy weights.
Every one of the Light and Heavy weights have their own shadow, outline and fill versions that can be layered for a dazzling chromatic effect.
Additional features include: Localized Forms, Fractions, Ordinals, and Ligatures
(There are 322 glyphs in Discourse, but we didn't want to show off too much.)
figures & symbols