Canva-Kawit Connection: A Font with Deep Roots

Fonts, Feelings, and Fatherhood: A Story of Creative Inspiration

Hello there, fellow humans! Welcome to my brain dump, where I'll take you on a journey full of thrilling tangents and random musings. So, buckle up, buttercups! 
Uh, nope. Literally no one says that. But let's roll with it. 
This summer, I hit the pause button on the digital world to clear out the junkyard that was my mind, filled with more garbage than a landfill. Do you relate? I believe I am dealing with information overload, and I have no idea what to do with it – just like my lady balls. This is real. It was high time to hit the reset button. And where did I find solace? In the beautiful world of design that is Canva. Did you know the mastermind behind this app is a 23-year-old part-Filipino, Mel Perkins? And she's worth $3.6 billion dollars, US. That's inspiring. And triggering. Triggering enough to question my entire existence and inadequacy. Nowadays, the younger are getting richer, and the older are getting pooper. That was a typo, but I left it as is because accidental puns are so much fun. I want to dive deep into the enigmatic world of typography. It's a place where you can easily lose your mind in the pursuit of the perfect font. Trust me; it's like taking acid without the fun part. Do you remember that iconic tweet by the one and only Kanye West, "Sometimes, I get emotional over fonts?" Well, I felt that tweet in my soul and anxiety. Let's face it; the more options we have, the more overwhelmed we become, especially with a brain like mine. Don't worry, I'll tell you all about that soon.

I know Adobe Illustrator is the holy grail of design tools, but Canva is where it's at for me. It's user-friendly, has tons of resources, and guess what? I recently switched up the brand's font to something with character and depth - the "Kawit" font.
It's a Filipino-inspired font that gives me all the feels, created by the talented Aaron Amar. This font isn't just any old font, my friends. It was used back in the day when everything was hand-printed. No fancy printers or typewriters, just good old-fashioned handwriting which I have immense respect for. Plus, my father, amongst other talents, was a calligrapher who I witnessed using this font a lot when we were growing up in the Philippines. So yeah, this font has some serious sentimental value for me, like a warm embrace from the Motherland or something cheesy like that. On that note, can we take a moment to appreciate Filipinos' handwriting skills? I mean, seriously, what's up with that? We are born with a natural ability to write in a way that's both legible and decorative. It must've been compulsory to have perfect handwriting; otherwise, you'd get slapped by the teacher with a ruler. I'm not being funny. I saw that happen in my school in Batangas Elementary School, except it was a back slap. But that's another story for another blog post because I've seen some real shit in the Philippines - simultaneously horrific and hilarious. Let's pin that for later before I drift to a different topic. Choosing this font wasn't an easy task. I spent countless hours sifting through my creative mind to make sure it aligned perfectly with the brand logo. And after many sleepless nights and endless revisions, I finally found it. When I saw it, a wave of nostalgia washed over me. It was more than just "Ooh, that's a pretty font!" It was a deep yearning for a father I wish I had around more. Oh my god. There it is, daddy issues. Drifting. Let's move on from that.
Who wants to see more Filipino-inspired fonts on Canva? Check them out - they are free, people! If the word "free" doesn't make a Filipino's heart skip a beat, then I don't know what will. I wish I could use all of them. Maybe I will. 

And before I go, a big shoutout to my fellow creatives out there. We may not always get the recognition we deserve, but we know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into our work. Design isn't just about making things pretty; it's about solving problems, communicating messages, and evoking emotions. It's an art form, and I'm proud to be a part of it. As someone with the attention span of a toddler, I'm surprised I've made it this far in this blogging journey. Congratulations! Thank you for your time in joining me, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Stay tuned for more. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some more font hunting to do. Who knows what gems I'll uncover next? Maybe I'll even create my own font one day. I don't want to stereotype, but I have pretty handwriting. Check out the new font below. What do you think? I'm okay with it for now, but I'll probably change it anyway, so don't get too attached.
Until next time, my lovely readers, keep exploring, creating, and musing.
Bless Up!

1 comment

  • Lol! I remember that Kanye tweet. I can relate!


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