Faust & Mephisto

Conor Smyth
Visual Communication

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National College of Art & Design

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Conor Smyth

Faust & Mephisto

Inspired by the power and magic of the Faust story, the man who, in a pact with the Devil, trades his soul in return for a period of total knowledge and absolute power, this is one of the most potent European myths. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) worked on this poetic drama in bursts from his twenties until the end of his life. He reshaped the perpetually fascinating legend, probing the nature and process of human striving and questioning the assumed division between good and evil. His Faust has become a landmark in world literature. The first font entitled Faust is based on the main character of the poetic drama by the same name. Faust has a desire for more and more self improvement and to strive for excellence, though he is still human and can never really be seen as an equal to the spirits he interacts with and admires. This character is interpreted as a sans-serif font, the font adheres to a grid and is mainly constructed with the use of geometric shapes, but it gives a quite human feeling. Mephisto is based on the devil Mephistopheles, Faust’s companion on his journey. Mephistopheles can be seen as the catalyst for ushering Faust into his epoch of self-realisation. Mephistopheles is an elegant, smooth, witty, sharp-tongued character, who is above all adventurous and wise, though quite sinister. This is represented in a serif font at his most beautiful, elegant, grand and wonderful state.