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I would love to get some critique on this typeface that I'm working on, tentatively named Jatiya*. A bit about my intent:
Jatiya is meant to be a Tamil typeface designed as a companion to the Latin/Greek/Cyrillic typeface Gentium, by Victor Gaultney. I'd like for it to mesh well with the look of Gentium, so that it looks good typeset side-by-side or in a setting like a dual-language dictionary. Ideally, I'd like for it to be a strong stand-alone text typeface as well.
So far I've designed most of the basic consonants and vowels, but I have yet to start on the myriad conjuncts and ligatures, or the numbers and symbols. However, before I complete the character set I'd like to make sure that the design characteristics I've implimented so far are working.
I have very little experience designing type, so I'd like critique on anything you notice, but I'm especially interested in a few things:
- How well the Tamil is working with Gentium;
- if the terminals (which are the same terminals used in Gentium) work with the Tamil glyphs;
- and if the curves and shapes are aesthetically pleasing.
Please be brutally honest! I'm interested in learning as much as I can.
Thanks so much!
* Jatiya, as far as I can tell (I don't speak Tamil, unfortunately), means "national," which is the closest translation I can find to match with Gentium's meaning, "of the nations."