Coming clean here: when I started creating/releasing fonts this summer, I really was hoping to maintain a fairly steady release schedule. I managed it for a few months, but Inktober ended up eating up almost all of my free time in October and I completely failed to get much done font-wise. Oops!
Lychee Soda is a font that I actually started working on back in August, but I kept 1) getting more inspired by other font ideas, and 2) being dissatisfied with various letters every time I came back to work on it, resulting in me redoing letters over and over again. The design process may not have gone as smoothly as many of my other fonts, but I’m happy with the final result!
Like the rest of the Fruit Soda fonts (Kiwi Soda, Grape Soda, Pear Soda), Lychee Soda is a slightly chunky, slightly funky, bouncy & informal font. This time I went for a “no descenders + all letters are the same height” design. Now that it’s done I’m getting a bit of a Coolvetica vibe, even though it doesn’t really look like Coolvetica at all. (I admit, I’m a big fan of Coolvetica!)
This time, the font’s namesake is the lychee, which is alternatively spelled litchi (I’m sure you can tell which spelling I prefer). This is a tropical fruit with delicate, sweet-tasting flesh and a big ol’ pit that is unfortunately not super fun to accidentally gnaw on. Fresh lychee aren’t common to come by here in America, and there aren’t really any fruit like lychee I can compare them to. The closest things I can think of are rambutan and mangosteen, which I think even fewer westerners are familiar with! The range of fruits you can get in America is kinda disappointing, sometimes!
This is the fourth fruit soda font… can you believe it? I swear, I don’t really like soda.