OHO is a typeface I designed based on the syllabics made for the Cree people who are indigenous to Manitoba, Canada. It was developed by James Evans in 1840 to create a writing system for the Cree. When designing my typeface I wanted to take characteristics from the Cree syllabics. These included using curved edges, elongated characters, and having nothing extend below the baseline.
I decided to name the typeface OHO, which translates to "owl" in Cree. When I was growing up I always connected owls with reading and books, probably because of Winnie the Pooh, so I thought it would be appropriate to name it after an animal known for knowing words.
To design and develop OHO, I used Illustrator and Glyphs 3.