In Gasket, Cyrus Highsmith drew on his unique graphic sensibilities and long experience as a type designer. The series moves with a gentle hop thanks to its slight slant and subtly staggered endings. The letterforms are amiable, simple, and distinctive. It began as a single font, made to accompany Highsmith’s illustrations in a children’s book. He created additional weights and italics for its release on Type Network.
The basic version of Gasket includes small caps. They are tall, designed for setting titles. “Drawing the uppercase was so much fun, I decided to do it twice,” joked Highsmith. He also recommended adding some extra tracking when setting words in all caps or small caps.
However, if you are sick and tired of having to decide which case to use, try Gasket Unicase. This single-cased variation features extra-large lowercase forms, designed to work with the caps.
Highsmith also drew uncials—an unusual addition. These archaic cursive letterforms rarely find themselves in a contemporary sans serif series. The most famous example of uncial lettering is found in The Book of Kells, c. AD 800. However, the uncial script dates all the way back to the fourth century. Gasket Uncial updates these ancient forms for modern usage.