Tick & Tock

A Pair of Stencil Typefaces by Cyrus Highsmith

Presented by Font Bureau and Webtype.

Stencils are something that Cyrus Highsmith has always liked. Making legible letters with just a few parts is fun, but the challenge comes in adhering to a strict system. Tick and Tock play the same game in different ways; they’re distinct type­faces that see themselves in each other. Tick was born on a book cover that Cyrus freely lettered and Tock became its more mechanical but equally cool cousin.

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WORK
PLAY

Tick

MIXED SIGNAL #175
Persuasive Spy’s Sibilant Whisper
Naïve Protégé
AUDIO
Expert Conversationalist
Space & Time
Listen carefully and read between the lines!
ONOMATOPOEIA
Rain
Shine

Tock

1372 NOSTALGIC AVENUE
Synæsthesia
Read carefully or you’ll lose your mind
MEMOIR
BIBLIOTHÈQUE SURVEILLANCE
Contiguïté
Expert Preservationist
FUTURE & BACK
wash
fold
Repeat
Repeat
Repeat
Repeat
Tick
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
Tock
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789

See the full glyph sets for both Tick and Tock in the Font Bureau catalog.

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