Šijan is the third in a series of Petr Babák’s font creations, which were part of an experiment to find the limits of the Latin typeface and typeface legibility in the early nineties. Similarly to Petr’s Prkno and Řezan typefaces, Šijan found its use primarily in Tryskáč magazine. The concept for the font was simple: the character shapes, drawn by a pencil on a piece of cloth, were embroidered into the cloth by a professional seamstress using a Minerva brand sewing machine. This collaboration was successful and more than fruitful; some of the characters weren’t to the seamstress’ liking, so she redid them according to her taste.
Šohaj Babák, Móda, Šijan and Příšívání. A series of posters advertising an end of year exhibition of typefaces; designed by Petr Babák; 1994.
Inspiration materials for Prkno, Šijan, Trhan and Řezan.
Šijan retouching. Some of the characters weren’t to the seamstress’ liking, so she redid them according to her taste.
Let’s Sew; a practical handbook and significant source of inspiration for Petr Babák. Character shapes of the Šijan typeface were embroidered into the cloth by a professional seamstress using a Minerva brand sewing machine.
The Šijan II font came to life as a set together with Number One (sewn with a single stitch) in one afternoon. “Number Two was created on the impulse of the seamstress, who saw my enthusiasm for sewing, and showed me a double stitch. Hey presto, and we had Number Two,” explains Babák.
A poster, presenting Czech schools at an exhibition in Beijing; designed by Matěj Hanauer using the newly digitised Briefcase Šijan font; 2013.
Design: Petr Babák
Number of fonts in a family: 1 (Regular)
Number of glyphs per font: 401
Release date: 2014
Slashed Zero (zero)
Case Sensitive Forms (case)
Localized Forms (locl)