NixonScript is a display typeface inspired by the typographic emancipation given voice by 1950s and ’60s north American vernacular type. NixonScript’s starting point was lettering found on a 1960s camera found in a Chicago junk shop, but its development saw it transformed from a punchy sans-serif to a more thoughtful serif, with a lowered x-height and a vibe of almost priestly piousness.
Rather than a simple regular italic, a bold italic is included as the additional font. During its development, the regular version seemed almost placid but with the double emphasis of bold and italic, NixonScript gained an energetic, self-congratulatory form.
The typeface is named after Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States and the only U.S. President, to date, to resign the office. Nixon’s name came to represent hubristic abuse of power and freedom. The bastardisation of the American vernacular undergone by NixonScript also somehow represented an abuse of typographic freedom. The name is also an allusion to the geographical and historical origins of the source material.