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Ok, so making continuous optical adjustments to the individual character widths in a typeface I'm working on is taking forever. Is there a more scientific way of doing it than looking at the letters in context (words, text), making (subjective) judgements about their legibility, adjusting accordingly and then repeating the cycle?
There seems to be an (inate?) optimal width for each glyph. If a glyph is too wide it looks wrong and is distracting. This sense of what is ideal is what I'm trying to use as a benchmark against which to make adjustments. But isnt that a bit too subjective?
Where does this sense come from? Have our eyes just become accustomed to reading letters at a certain width, or is there an actual optimal width at which each character imparts its information and can thereby be recognisable? (Perhaps related to the number of vertical strokes in a chracter, for example)
How does you design legibility (as regards charcter widths specifically) into an original typeface? Is it just optical adjustments or is there a more objective way?