Bricks are good for more than mere masonry. Case in point: A new font from the digital type foundry JTD Type that uses brick as the basis for its form. Called Stack, the font is built from stacking (clever, right?) different varieties of bricks atop one another to create blocky letterforms.
The typographic trick is more than clever wording. Stack actually harkens back to the industrial age when many visual identities were built out of vertically-stacked masonry that created lettering on chimneys.
The font’s designers explain that Stack is the result of years of research into archival material. They referenced hundreds of photographs and engineering drawings to understand the masonry of the time and translate that into digital drawings.
Stack comes in five font families—fill, bricks, courses, mortar bricks, and mortar courses—in case you have a preference for your typographic masonry.