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I'm trying to create some lettering for a logotype. I didn't art direct this, so the concept isn't at all mine - I'm just an intern trying to create something "from scratch" that will stop my superiors from simply typing the word in a font they like, converting it to curves and saying "that's it!" (and don't even get me started on the name itself).
In any case, it's supposed to say "19th century"(very vague I know) so I went for a late 19th century art nouveau feel.
I'm looking mostly for advice on letterforms and spacing, and maybe pointings to historical references. As I said, the direction/concept isn't mine and I can't really change it.
I've included three variations for comparison. Top one includes a "ligature" that in my opinion looks nice but I fear it may be too hard to read.
I like the middle one better but the space in TA and AL seems too uneven; I tried spacing everything to see if it got better (bottom) but it didn't, really. Plus the letterspaced version looks weaker.
Okay, I've said too much already, thanks for any advice or comments ;)