Oliver! ’Gotta pick-a-pocket or two!

In celebration of my sister being cast in the lead female role of the musical Oliver! I designed this typographic masthead. My inspiration was the popular song You’ve gotta pick-a-pocket or two!” and I liked the idea of one of the letters stealing an ornament  from one of its companions.

I started work on this project just as a new version of the type design software I use was released. I wanted to try out the new ‘component serifs’ feature, enabling universal editing of repeating serif shapes, perfect for this Tuscan style lettering. So the lettering started out as part of a typeface.

Oliver: L picking V's pocket

Oliver: L picking V's pocket

Close up of E and R! ligature.

Close up of E and R! ligature.

The lettering in Glyphs application showing ‘component serifs’ (in grey)

The lettering in Glyphs application showing ‘component serifs’ (in grey)