Benderski's picture

Hi typopohile!

I am working on a display block typeface that I started because I believe that no block-display type exists with full functionality. For example baby teeth, the letters are great but the numbers arent so good, like the 7, in my opinion of course.

Seeing this I decided to propose a new system where I though it would be a good idea to make it mono-spaced, so it blocks even more, however it doesnt work with the Hebrew and Cyrillic alphabets.

The pdf that is attached shows what i have so far.

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bojev's picture

6 and 9 need work - 6 close to L

cerulean's picture

I'm pretty sure Ж is insufficiently disambiguated from X.

brianskywalker's picture

The overall look is nice! :-) I don't have time to go over it carefully as yet, but expect something later.

brianskywalker's picture

I like where you're going with it, quirky, a little art deco. I agree with the other comments.

On the Hebrew: I think it is very angular and much less bold compared to the Latin and Cyrillic. You could try to be more elaborate with the shapes I think. I have no idea how readable this is, but I had toyed with the idea of Hebrew letter shapes like this a year or two ago.

Here's an old sketch I did. You probably want to make sure to keep it heavy like the other scripts and also make sure you can read the letters. (My example my be a bit exaggerated here...)

Benderski's picture

I also agree with the other comments!
I really struggle with the white space in hebrew letters. Its really hard to get them into a system+make them readable.
Also I coudnt find any reference, do you know any?

Thanks for your sketch :)
Now that i see yours, I realise what is missing in my type. It really need some more thinking.

Thank you again Bryan, you are really supportive!

hrant's picture

Seriously ambitious! Good going.


Benderski's picture

Thank you!
You just rise my mood to continue working on this project!

brianskywalker's picture

I don't have much... But here's what was lying around in my hard drive.

I can't remember where this image came from. The filename of the image is "Aleph Isotype75", if that's a hint...

I believe this is student work from a University class that Oded Ezer taught.

With a little searching, I was able to find these:

Benderski's picture

You have given me so many references, I cant even began to tell you how much I appreciate it!
You have really given me so much inspiration to complete this project, so thank you very much for everything :)

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