Please critique my type design.

waihar's picture


I am a student of City College of San Francisco. I am learning type design and practicing how to use the FontLab. I designed a typeface which I haven't named it yet but wish you all can give me a feedback of how I did. The type was drew with Sharpie fine marker. I wrote on regular paper and created in many strokes, I scanned the lettering and traced them from the Illustrator.

Thank you!

Wai Har

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Diederik Corvers's picture

Wai Har,
the type you have drawn is dynamic, to say the least. It will find a purpose I am shure although I wouldn't know where to use it. It looks fun though. The basic lettershapes, the skeleton so to speak, look very familiar, although I cannot put my finger on it where I could know them from.
A couple of things caught my eye:
– I like the idiosyncrasy of th 'J'
– The 'N' looks very tight
– The 'W' appears very wide and resisting the italic slant
- The 'a' seems to move to the left whereas all (italic) shapes are leaning to the right, this might look bad when set in words.
- The bowls of the 'g' and 'q' are different from, say, 'a' or 'p'

I hope this doesn't put you of but helps you make your own decisions and create something that gets better & better.

Look after Goodness & Truth
& Beauty will look after itself

waihar's picture

Hi Klaar,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. I have talked to my instructor about my type design. Yes, I agree what you have said, I will make these changes accordingly.

Wai Har

Christian Robertson's picture

What's the thought on the whisps coming off the sides at a slightly different angle? They look like they came from the sharpie as you moved from one character to another. They don't quite jive with the other parallel lines.

hrant's picture

Wow, I like this one.
The main thing I would point is that you should try to (eventually) make multiple cuts of this design -with varying "gap" widths- for use at different sizes. This is because the gaps will either look too big when the font is used large or too small (to the point of clotting) when it's used small. The appropriate "delicateness" of features (in this case the gaps) depends very heavily on size.


JonnySchneider's picture


This is pretty nice. I reminds me a lot of tailor's patterns, with its 'stitch' and 'markout' feel.

lower-case 'a' seems a bit disconcerting though. It look like it has been inverted on its axis, looks out of place in comparison to the rest of the glyphs.

Nice though - i like it.

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