I'm asking for feedback on a project I've been working on the past 9 months. Everything started with the Type Design course @ Poli.Design in Milan. In a group of three people, we recieved the brief of creating some typeface to be used in high-res starting from a typeface with a low-resolution.
We found this old anatomy book (→ from which the name, "anatomia") printed in the early XX century, set in this ugly scottish face with exaggerated details that made it work in small sizes.
Our idea was to bring the skeleton, the proportions and some characteristic aspects into a grotesque-formula based typeface, being that the historical evolution of these modern faces. The details used as optical-helping elements in small sizes would become characteristic elements in big sizes (eg. the "a", "R" and "t" end, the axis of the terminals in "c", "a", "f").
Need feedback now! I like the brief and the result of the course, that's why I kept working by myself on it these following months. The semi–condensed proportion make me think it's a bit uncertain as a weight, a bit lighter than a standard grotesk–regular. My idea would be to release to the public a regular, medium and bold weights with matching italics, but I know it would be a very long process. Italics sound so funny, though, judging on the italics of thestarting typeface.
What do you think of it? Please express your thoughts, every little opinion is very appreciated.
How can this character be fit in the huge range of quirky grotesks?
Thank you for any feedback!