ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type
ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type
mar 30, 2012

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type

‘sunbeamtype’ by ruslan khasanov, 2012 all images courtesy the artist

designboom has spoken with designer ruslan khasanov of his newest hand-crafted typography project ‘sunbeam type’. khasanov, based in ekaterinburg, russia, has developed an entirely sunlight-formed typeface, shaped through the dispersion of light. this phenomenon is most commonly observed in the occurrence of a rainbow, displaying the spatial separation of white light into the differing wavelengths– resulting in a notable variation in color.

in order to harness this light effect, khasanov first experimented with glass and mirrors as he added water to these reflective media in an effort to create the glittered, rainbow alphabet. in the initial ‘sunbeamtype’ explorations, the designer achieved interesting effects, although he realized he had not quite tapped into the potential for what he had envisioned as a radiant, sunbeam typeface. khasanov tells designboom, ‘I thought of the light dispersion phenomenon (the splitting of the white light into a rainbow). all I needed was to deflect the light by transparent refracting mediums. I’ve used gel by dabbing on a glass and then I draw the letters on with a clean brush. all I had to do was to bring that glass to the sunbeam and to reflect letters by a lens on the background.’ by re-determining the angle and a distance from which the digital camera was positioned to the piece of glass with gel-scrawled type, the designer was able to achieve a fascinating trick of light. it was due to this subtle shift in materials and method that the designer was able to document his sun-formed font.

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type  ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type ‘a’ and ‘d’

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type  ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type ‘y’ and ‘z’

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type the alphabet

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type with a clean brush painting gel onto mirrors and glass, the designer was able to craft ‘sunbeamtype’

ruslan khasanov: making of sunbeam type the designer documents the sun-formed character

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,237 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine