I’m sort of a sucker for ornate type and Daren’s work is no exception.
It’s awesome to see how he decides how well the letters play together. Like he takes each letter or word and puts it in a cage with another letter or word and pokes at them both with sticks to force some interaction, then he designs the result. Maybe they play well and form this beautiful flowing body. Or maybe they get a little crazy in a beautiful press and mash, creating sweaty ligatures all over the place.
Daren also does illustrations, which there’s a taste of in the post, but there’s full servings for your eyes in his portfolio, so be sure to bring your eye bibs.