Just a Roman weight.

•Prakash Nair's picture

I am creating a transitional serif face and it occurred to me that it was pointless to create an italic and a bold weight of it. Is it normal to create just a Roman/normal weight? Has this been done before (for a commercial face)?

cuttlefish's picture

It seems to me that lots of typefaces are at least initially created in a single weight. It depends on the purpose you intend to put it to what variants you would need.

•Prakash Nair's picture

Just a roman is enough for me. But just wanted to make sure that it wasn't necessary or strange not to have one. Kinda felt obligated.

cuttlefish's picture

If your goal is to produce a fully featured text face, sure, you need at least a plain (Roman), bold, italic, and bold italic. Small caps, old style figures, and extended ligature and swash sets in each of those styles are highly desirable.

Other than that, making a single style is not at all unheard of.

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