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I've been working on the digitization of a wooden typeface for a while now.
I got the woodtype from my father, who in turn bought it some 15 odd years ago from a printer that was closing it's shop.
The woodtype is not complete; so I had to design some of the characters from scratch. I first set and printed the type, and then scanned and traced the characters by hand in Illustrator and Fontlab.
I would like to have some critique and suggestions. Although, since I have tried to stay mostly true to the woodtype, I don't want to change a great deal of the character shapes themselves.
The following characters were available in wood;
- The whole lowercase alphabet,
- The uppercase alphabet, except D and Q (made those),
- The question mark (although I did change it a bit),
- The numerals, except for 2 and 4, which were available in a less narrow, smaller pointsize version of the woodtype I also have. Working on digitization of that one as well. I changed those numerals to match size, narrowness and weight.
I designed and added the rest, like the diacritics, interpunction, monetary signs, ligatures, the @, plus/minus, etc.
These characters are open to suggestion. I'm still working on the ampersand.
There are still some bézier-curve inconsistencies here and there, I'm going to smoothen everything out later. Kerning is also on it's way, I have about 550 pairs already.
I own more woodtype, which I also plan to digitize, if they do not already exist.
Please keep in mind this is the first step into digital typeface design I've made.