ITC Christoph’s Quill is just about everything you could want in a typeface: it’s distinctive, beautiful, and exceptionally versatile. According to designer Russell Bean, ITC Christoph’s Quill is “the culmination of experimentation with a graphics tablet that spanned several years. Then one day, as if by magic, it all just fell into place. The design seemed to flow from my pen.”
Bean was born in Australia and, except for a brief stint with a photo-lettering firm in Southern California, has spent most of his career working down under. “I can recall a deep fascination for the written word,” he says. “Even before learning to spell, read or write, I think I recognized that this was a means of visual communication.” Bean's first job was in a small ad agency as a trainee in the production department, where he learned art techniques and how to handle print, as well as “the value of visual impressions,” he says. His career path meandered from one design job to another, but always in the general direction of fonts and typefaces. Today, his workload consists of logo design commissions, font editing, typography and print production consultation to a select group of loyal clients – still leaving time, notes Bean, “to pursue my type design ambitions.”
ITC Christoph’s Quill began life as a simple, visually striking font of caps, lowercase, punctuation and numerals. To this Bean added a bold weight, for when a little more strength is desirable. Next came a flock of alternate characters. Finally, Bean drew a set of decorative caps, a suite of logos, and a sprinkling of beginning and ending swashes. The net result is a type family that can add a signature flourish to a vast range of projects: from invitations and menus to logos, signage, packaging and more.