Number of Characters in a Display Font

Jon Sleeman's picture

I am designing a distinctive display font and need to know the minimum number of characters you would need and also what these characters are. It is only uppercase, but has two versions of each letter and all the numbers are complete.

I plan to sell the font so it needs to be commercially viable.

I appreciate any help on this.

Sample attached.

hrant's picture

There is no real minimum. Even a font that only has A-Z caps can be useful to somebody. On the other hand adding even just a few more characters (like some basic punctuation and the numerals) can double the usefulness of a font. In your case, especially since you say you have two versions of each cap, make the effort to fill at least the lower ASCII (close to Unicode's "Basic Latin") using the lc for one set of caps. Then if the font becomes popular enough spend the time adding the upper ASCII (close to Unicode's "Latin-1").


Jon Sleeman's picture

I have 2 versions of each letter already placed in upper and lowercase cells in Fontlab. Also I have done the numbers. I was trying to find out whether it was necessary to do all of the below characters:

!"#$%&’()*+,-./:;<=>?@ [\]^_‘{|}~¡¢£⁄¥§'“«‹›–†·•‚„”»‰¿`´ˆ˜¯˘˙¨˚¸˝˛ˇ—ÆŁØŒºßÒÇÑÕÓþÌÔÉËÁŽÃÞÂÖÛÙÜÍÀ°−ÝÚ®©Ê™ÐÄÅŸÈÏŠÎ

I was planning to do punctuation also.

I am sort of coming back to type design, so this is a bit of an experiement really.

Thank you very much for your help!!

Mark Simonson's picture

I would try to imagine how the font will be used. For example, most likely, with a display font, you will not need most of the math characters, but you would probably want all the currency characters (you're missing the florin and Euro in your list above). Also, the germandbls (ß) is a lowercase character.

Jon Sleeman's picture

Ok thanks for spotting the missing characters, I think I'll just go for it and see what happens.

Thanks for your help!

ruggomatic's picture

Jon - not sure if you're the chap who I used to work with at Interstate but if you are drop me a line -

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