A type specimen showing the words "Ghost War Sans" repeated twice in a condensed and extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.

Ghost Wars Sans was my first foray into type design. Initially, the design was based on shop signage found in the United Kingdom in the 17th century and has been redrawn a few times since then. This condensed display type caught my eye with its extreme verticality and its purposeful use of contrast.

Since picking the design back up, I have added an extended weight to compliment the condensed face. This bold extension of the type allows for more visual punch without requiring the long titles needed in the condensed.

Next, I plan to continue refining the spacing and kerning (it never ends until it's abandoned, so I'm told), fixing imperfect ligatures, and adding more glyphs (extended Latin, numerals, and punctuation). The following type specimens are characters, descriptions, places, and quotes from my favorite science fiction & fantasy across many types of media. Some of the specimens show discretionary ligatures in progress.

A type specimen showing the words "Artificers" and " 'Words are pale shadows of forgotten names' "in a condensed and extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.A type specimen showing the words "Queens & Kingkillers" and "Prestidigitation" in a condensed and extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.A type specimen showing the words "Naomi Nagata, Deckard, Aragorn son of Arathorn, House Atreides of Caladan, Quiet Quetzalcoatl" in a condensed and extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.A type specimen showing the words "Tycho Station, Heden, Fangorn, Silent Cartographer" in a condensed and extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.A type specimen showing the names of the Mighty Nein from Critical Role campaign 2, "Beau, Caduceus, Veth, Yasha, Molly, Jester, Fjord, Caleb, Essek" in an extended sans serif font, drawn by John Boran Jr.
Version .03 – 01/2022 shown above – Still WIP.
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