I dunno. I feel like if any typeface can handle this treatment, the amoebic Hobo can. But yeah, that blob doesn’t need to be there. Kills an otherwise cute concept.
It’s a prime example where it would have been better to have a lettering artist execute the idea properly. True, Hobo is hard to destroy, eggs will always be egg-shaped. On second glance, I am actually more displeased by the loose spacing than the distortion.
I am dumbstruck as to why they chose Hobo at all, I can’t see it fitting their brand or even the style of this piece. I totally agree some lettering would have been a better option.
I think Hobo is working quite well here. To quote myself, “Hobo’s inconsistent proportions and ever-modulating stroke width aid its durability against stretching much more so than other typefaces.” So naturally I strongly agree with what Stephen and Florian have already said on the matter. Also, it’s a silly ad that needs a silly typeface. I bet the art director initially had a more straightforward sans, and then said to the lowly junior designer, “You know what dude? Just go with Hobo.” The JD probably stratched his head, but agreed to the chore, acknowledging that art director with years of wisdom on his side knew much better than he.
Also, regarding the spacing, I think the open spacing is working quite nicely as well. Out of the box, Hobo is quite tight, and has large counters with no relationship to the whitespace between letters. There is a bit too much space still, but I’d venture to say that it might look even better than default Hobo.
I’ve been looking for an example of Hobo that doesn’t offend my eyes and this is the best I’ve seen. Hobo always tends to end up looking very dated to me, not good-retro-dated but best-forgotten-about-dated. And after all, what better letter shapes to distort?
Contributed by Manuel Wesely
Contributed by Florian Hardwig
Photo(s) by Stephen Coles on Flickr.
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