Kaled Sans

boole's picture

My first attempt at designing a typeface. Still in early stage, but ready for a cirt :)

Partly inspired by City, partly by Briem's Akademi, my goal was to design a display face working with relatively easy, blocky shapes but still challenging myself with Beziers in those curved terminals.

http://ebukva.cidamon.com/type/

Any suggestions? Is there any extremely similar typefaces out there?

P.S. Sorry for linking; I couldn't upload the attachments through the form for some reason. (I'll try to get a pdf up soon)

pica pusher's picture

I really like the joins!

This may be personal preference, but it feels to me that your OSFs ascenders and descenders don't ascend and descend quite enough. If you have a good reason for where they stop then it's not worth quibbling over; otherwise maybe try extending them just a little.

This begs the question, though: how much should OSFs ascend and descend? I defer to someone with more experience!

hrant's picture

This is not only sufficiently original, but I think it's
actually a pretty nice addition to the spectrum as well.

OS num extenderness: for text fonts I'm a big fan of hybrids, where the bodies are larger than the x-height while the extenders are shorter than in the lc; this strikes the best balance in running text. But for a design like this it might be a better idea to be more "dramatic" (and geometrically congruent) maybe by keeping the bodies small (at the x-height) and making the extenders a bit long.

BTW, great pragmatism in your zero.

hhp

hrant's picture

More, on the alphabetics:

- Since this has an element of blackletter in it, I might do things like make the right stem of the "h" descend (and probably turn left instead of right).
- The "r" is out of character.
- The "f" is slightly narrow, but the "t" is definitely so.
- I would encourage you to try a binocular "g", maybe Koch-style.
- The "s" is leaning forward; instead of shortening the top bar, I might leverage the diagonal part of the spine.
- I don't think the "v" and "w" are working.
- The "Q" is da bomb. So is the "z".
- The "J" needs to go lower, and might benefit from a top half-serif.
- "p": unless you apply my suggestion of lowering and flipping the right stem of the "h", I would flip its terminal the other way.

hhp

boole's picture

Thanks for the feedback.

>>OSFs ascenders and descenders don’t ascend and descend quite enough
Somehow, they look out of proporion when they're long. However, I started with really long ascenders and descenders and I think I overcompensated a little when I made the smaller. I'm surre they can be a little longer and still look proportionate.

>>BTW, great pragmatism in your zero.
Thanks :). “l” also works nicely with “I” in “Illicit” for example (didn't Matthew carted call these “picket fences”?)

>>The “Q” is da bomb. So is the “z”.
“Q” is my favorite. I'm getting a lot of mixed feedback about it though. Binocular g is definitely on my list, along with some alternates and ligatures.

Thanks

ShonaK's picture

I have to design a type face for a uni project, you've done well for a first one. What program did you use and what letters did you start with? I don't know where to start.

mgking's picture

goofs edited! mgk

mgking's picture

I like the concept. The only things that jumped out at me were the upper terminal on the numeral 5 and the @ sign, which is cumbersome. Otherwise, looks like it might be a very useful font.

mgk

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