Sans serif for body text

Glyn Adgie's picture

I would particularly appreciate comments on the following points:

Technical merits/flaws
As I have no training in type design, I have no doubt made some beginner's mistakes.
Style and fitness for purpose
Is this style suitable for business and technical documents? Does it look reasonably up to date? I have concentrated on solving technical problems in the design, rather than trying to convey a message.
I am probably re-inventing the wheel here.
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Chris Keegan's picture

Glyn - I am a graphic designer, not a type designer, so my comments will be limited. 1) Technical merits/flaws: I think it has a very even "color" and nothing particularly stands out to me as looking odd, although a .pdf sample would be good in order to see the characters more closely. 2) Style & Fitness for Purpose: Of course this depends on the type of business. Seems to be a nice blend of humanist and grotesque sans styles. It varies enough from many other sans-serif types to be unique without calling too much attention to itself. 3) Originality: I think you've done an excellent job here, maybe not breaking new ground, but if you're new to type design give yourself a break - this is a very impressive first attempt.

hrant's picture

Glyn, I think I'd seen this before, but had ignored it, because frankly there really have been too many conventional sans fonts released over the past few years. But then I read that this was your first attempt (really more than that) at a complete typeface! I'd like to be able to encourage your progress, since on many levels you seem to be doing really well. So could you please provide a PDF?


alchion's picture

lc "g" needs to go on a diet. compared to the other characters with counters it is a bit large.

alchion's picture

i may add that this only appears to be an issue with the regular weight.

cerulean's picture

It looks nice and fresh. Professional "amateurs" represent!

The tail of the Q seems a bit out of place to me. I would either bring it up to the baseline or crop it into a rectangle. Others may disagree, of course.

Glyn Adgie's picture

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement.

The counter of the 'g' being too big has been a source of trouble. In the first cut, I copied the bowl of 'd' onto the 'g'. On a test print at 12 pt, the big counters were very noticeable. Also, the bottom counter was too small. I then lifted the base of the bowl above the baseline by 24 units, relative to an xheight of 484 and overshoot of 12. This appeared to fix both problems. This is the current version. If I need more correction (which I think I do), should I lift the base of the bowl further, or narrow the 'g' and keep the current lift?

I agree about the tail of the 'Q'. I will try different types: a straight diagonal line as a rectangle (suggested above), a curve joined at the base, a curve crossing the base, etc.

I will do a pdf sample shortly.

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