Flourish
Type Design


Shuggie Bain is a Man Booker Prize winning novel written by Douglas Stuart. The novel centers around Shuggie Bain, an effeminate boy who spends his 1980s childhood in poverty stricken Glasgow. The project
was commissioned by Picador to mark the publication of the novel in paperback with the intended outcome of a mural at the Barrowland 
Ballroom and posters around Glasgow, with a 6-sheet poster to run down Sauchiehall Street. Cobolt Collective were selected for the project and Jack Batchelor, a fellow Communication Design student, and I were brought on to produce the typeface to be used in the designs. 

Throughout the book, Shuggie is referred to as being ‘no right’, a feminine presence in a very masculine world. After coming across the word ‘flourish’ in one of the our quotes from the book, we decided on the concept. The idea was to create a typeface that presents the concept of toxic masculinity and juxtapose it with the addition of flourishes demonstrating the idea of something being ‘no right’. The flourishes enhanced the letterforms whilst also harking back to
the idea of dance and movement, a common theme throughout the book.







ELLIE BAINBRIDGE. GLASGOW, UK. 07795398277