Serif bold

afo's picture

I was wondering if you'd like to critique this, a bold serif face I've been working on... for use in flash. all comments are greatly appreciated.

I've been working on several fonts, but this one I'm having the most trouble with... anyway, here it is:


pogono's picture

The punctuation ( . ,

hrant's picture

Very classy, well crafted, and very readable. Your lc "g" is a surprising success.

You're calling it a Bold (standard practice for a bitmap font with 2-pixel stems), but I think this is what works for on-screen reading.

1. Calling it a Regular, and making Light and Bold (3-pixel) weights.
2. Extending the ascenders by a pixel: it will improve readability, and lighten the color a bit.


gregorycadars's picture

Really nice and well balanced!
Who needs anti-alias now?

I think that you can try "old fashioned" numerics to go with this letters, and 'cause it's a serif font, make precise kerning settings for all characters.


afo's picture

thanks very much for the responses. the weight of punctuation is definitely off, as is the kerning - something I have yet to fully grasp technically, especially with serifs...

Hrant, thanks, I agree with you regarding "bold" screen fonts seeming in reality more like regular width - Gregory's excellent kind family as an example.

I'll post the light version shortly... I was working on a three-pixel width but it looked too rediculous!

afo's picture

does this kerning look right or wrong?


Stephen Coles's picture

The first inconsistencies I notice...

- lower 'ca'
- cap/lower 'Co'
- cap/lower 'Ex'

...are all a bit loose.

If you've got a few hours, use the handy Typophile
kern pair list
to really fine-tune your kerning.

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