David Karwan’s thoughtfulness is balanced with the kind of curious exploration that I wish more designers exhibited. The systematic planning involved to execute something rationally experimental is a quality I’ve enjoyed seeing in David’s work. Through the aegis of Mr. Keedy’s type design course, David produced Wonk in his final year at CalArts. David describes it as “a spontaneous geometric typeface that’s based on the remnants of modernism (e.g. the square, circle and triangle) and its integration into an era of specialized systems.” It’s a deceptively simple face which mixes elements of 2-D and 3-D forms to equip the user with a system of built-in play and discovery. Wonk’s flexibility facilitates a sense of diverse complexity. In the spirit of wonky modularity, this “typeface system” also mocks “customization” and the idea of creating personal identity from ubiquitous uniformity.