The idea for the stencil set started in a pizzeria. That’s where Corey Holms was when he spotted a neon cerveza sign and was inspired to create his Ne10 typeface. He says he “had the idea when I created the typeface, but didn’t have the ability to make a physical stencil. So it’s something that has been in the back of my mind for ages, but just sitting there until Fairgoods offered to make a prototype.”
“The serif stencil is something I was playing around with when I was working on the movie Brüno.”
So where did the inspiration for the other stencils come from? The LED stencil was inspired by “LED matrixes used in watches and other devices. I was working on a movie where they wanted a specific display, so my daughter and I went to our local electronic parts store and she built an LED display that we filmed and used in the movie. I love it and it sits on my desk. It seemed like a natural place to go when I found out that I could make some stencils. The serif stencil is something I was playing around with when I was working on the Brüno movie. They wanted something very fashionable, and I created a similar typeface to the one for this project. The Brüno typeface was much more spindly and not a full stencil — so the typeface changed considerably when translated into a stencil.