"Big Automobile" - your thoughts?

JonnySchneider's picture


This project was my first venture into type design, inspired by the old badge faces from big american cars in the 50's and 60's.

It started as a true-type font using fontlab's 'typetool' (thats all we had 2 years ago when i was at university). I would like to rework it as open type.

Any criticisms, advice, direction or feedback would be muchly appreciated.

Looking at it now, I think the following are a bit odd...

- Upper case 'N' just aint right
- In fact, I think all the uppercase glyphs are a bit incoherent
- Something probably needs to happen with lowercase 'f'
- Stroke width probably could be a bit thicker

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cerulean's picture

I think the huge eccentricity of the capitals is what makes this face awesome. I agree, though, that the 'N' isn't right. And the left curve of the 'A' is too organic; it should terminate at the same angle as everything else. I might dare to say 'Z' is not weird enough! Try other things for the 'O', too, because it could read as a big 'a'. As odd as it sounds, maybe a perfect circle would work.

gene ullery-smith's picture

speaking as a type-loving graphic designer, not a type designer, i think this face is a great candidate for lots of alternate characters. Allow the final user to choose from a pallete of characters to achieve the optimal rhythm. Some alternate begining/ending characters would be cool.

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