It’s been a while since my last progress report but life and having to grade 50 exams intervened. Anyway, building on my previous work and trying to take in some of the suggestions I got, I expanded my range of letters.
What I found out
Drawing these letters and comparing them to established fonts really helped me to get a better idea on how to achieve some kind of “harmony”. Here is what I found:
- It seems simple but it took me a while to fully understand: letters have different widths. In the beginning I tried to stick too much to a roughly equal width, now I’m more liberal in changing sizes. I think it looks much better.
- As predicted, it gets a little bit easier to draw new letters after a while because you can re-use some fundamental shapes and curves. They still need to be adapted but the rounding of the g can be reflected in b, p, o and so on.
What I want to know
New work always brings new questions, and here are some for you, the expert, fellow beginning type designer, or just casual onlooker of this developing type wreck. Every opinion is welcome.
- First of all: any general thoughts on what you see below? Don’t worry, I won’t take it personally.
- What about the little “hook” on the l, t, and i? Too cute?
- Apparently contrast modulation and proportions are important for coherence. Are any of these recognizable in the samples below? What could be improved?
- Finally, one more important question: how much cut and paste is ok? Obviously the b and p are pretty similar if you turn them around, same with u and n. There are also similarities in e and c, h and n, and even n and r.
Thanks for the input