We are getting serious – with fun fonts!

Say goodbye to dull and dry typefaces, and hello to Joe Stitzlein’s Hamster™ – a font unlike any other. It’s a two-tone Variable Color Font, bursting with fun!

60 Styles
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Thin
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Light
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Regular
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Medium
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Bold
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XBlack
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Colorless Thin
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Colorless Light
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Colorless Regular
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Colorless Medium
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Colorless Bold
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Colorless XBlack
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Corn Mint Thin
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Corn Mint Light
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Corn Mint Regular
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Corn Mint Medium
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Corn Mint Bold
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Corn Mint XBlack
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Gray Pink Thin
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Gray Pink Light
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Gray Pink Regular
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Gray Pink Medium
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Gray Pink Bold
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Gray Pink XBlack
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Lavender Thin
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Lavender Regular
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Lavender Medium
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Lavender Bold
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Mint Green Thin
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Mint Green Light
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Mint Green Regular
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Mint Green Medium
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Mint Green Bold
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Mint Green XBlack
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Mint Salmon Thin
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Mint Salmon Light
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Mint Salmon Regular
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Mint Salmon Medium
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Mint Salmon Bold
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Mint Salmon XBlack
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Orange Pink Thin
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Orange Pink Light
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Orange Pink Regular
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Orange Pink Medium
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Orange Pink Bold
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Orange Pink XBlack
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Pink Red Thin
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Pink Red Light
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Pink Red Regular
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Pink Red Medium
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Pink Red Bold
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Pink Red XBlack
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Tan White Thin
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Tan White Light
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Tan White Regular
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Tan White Medium
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Tan White Bold
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Tan White XBlack

I’m done with men. I have a hamster. — Janet Evanovich

Story

Joe Stitzlein’s Hamster is a colorful playground for designers. Inspired by the pets of his childhood friends, the construction of the letterforms follows the tubular ‘habitrails’ in which the cute namesakes live.

It was not only the transparent, partly colored plastic tubes and terrariums that made an impression on the designer, but also the animals. Their two-tone fur inspired Joe to design his typeface as a Color Font. The rounded ends and bold font weights are reminiscent of the rodents’ distinctive chubby cheeks. The characteristics cuddly and chubby therefore apply equally to both animal and font. The lighter weights appear less playful and would make for a perfect logotype for young fashion brands, for example.

Capital Construction Kit

Hamster is a capital display typeface, if you select the lowercase letters they invert the colors for additional variation. The six fonts from Thin to ExtraBlack each contain five hamster characters drawn by illustrator Laurie Schmitt, as well as 19 decorative ornaments.

The designer gives this tip: “The dingbats that lock together to form patterns are elegant and fun, I could see these used as wallpapers or in architecture.”

See the magic of the dingbats in action, with some specially made wallpapers that are available to download with the trial fonts. This is one of 13 wallpapers included for free when you Try the font.

See the magic of the dingbats in action, with some specially made wallpapers that are available to download with the trial fonts. This is one of 13 wallpapers included for free when you Try the font.

Users can determine the coloring of the fonts individually, for example to reflect the special colors of a brand, an event or a TV series. “We wanted Hamster to be a celebration of joy and delight,” explains Joe Stitzlein.

“We wanted Hamster to be a celebration of joy and delight.”

Joe Stitzlein

Therefore, he had color expert Leslie Stitzlein define an additional eight fixed combinations, some colorful and playful, some subtle and elegant. A non-color font and thus traditionally usable variant rounds off the palette. In total, ten variable fonts and 60 static fonts are available, as a complete package for the price of three individual styles – so even the purchase is fun!

Technical Details

The fonts are based on COLR-V0 technology. In contrast to the newer V1 specification, it works perfectly in all relevant browsers at the time of its release. On our specially created microsite and with the help of the free trial fonts, you can see and have a play for yourself.

As is not unusual for a technology that is still in its infancy, implementation on the program side is proceeding at different speeds. While it has long been supported by applications such as Microsoft Word, the variable desktop font does not yet work as desired in Adobe’s Creative Suite. As a workaround, we equipped the static fonts with an additional SVG table. While we await full support of color fonts across all applications, everything still works in a familiar way.

From sketching to the final Variable Color Font: Hamster in progress

How to design a Variable Color Font: 1) draw some sketches 2) make the rest of the damn font.

Hamster is a refreshingly playful, fun font full of typographic possibilities. It’s the perfect addition to all designers’ type palettes, who like this namesake, are keen on collecting, fonts rather than nuts, of course ;) But unlike the cuddly role model, this hamster doesn’t even need to be fed … except with happy ideas.

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Glyphs

Uppercase

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Credits & Details
Design Contributions
  • Laurie Schmitt (Illustrations)
  • Leslie Stitzlein
  • Olli Meier
Mastering, Production

Olli Meier

Marketing

Joe Stitzlein (Naming, Copywriting)
Snask (Artwork, Campaign)
Darwood (Sound Design)
Golden Retriever (Photography)
Olli Meier (Microsite, Artwork)
Ivo Gabrowitsch (Copywriting, Specimen)
Lucy Beckley (English Translation)

Design Period
2019–2022
Release Date
February 21, 2023
Recommended Use

Advertising & Packaging
Editorial & Publishing
Festive Occasions
Film & TV
Logo, Branding & CI
Fashion
Music & Nightlife
Poster & Billboards
Software & Gaming