Narly embraces the relative sophistication of yesterday’s computer technology. Licko’s early typeface designs such as Emperor and Modula were reductivist, largely due to the crudeness of the Macintosh technology of the mid 80s with which they were created. A decade later, with a slightly more sophisticated Mac, she was able to create increasingly intricate designs. Always keen to let the technology inspire and steer her designs, Licko created Narly as an experiment with modularity, repetition and chance.
The underlying structure of Narly was built from overlapping circular dots, that were fused and outlined in various ways to form five different mutations. The five companion fonts can be used in combination to create multicolored and multilayered typographic creations for use as drop caps or word logos.