Fifth Leg Bold

jimmac's picture

Hello folks,
seeing all these amazing typefaces here I feel a little intimidated posting this, but I would love to hear some advice from more experienced designers. My goal is to create a strong headline for the openSUSE Linux distribution.

http://jimmac.musichall.cz/images/blog/5thleg-wip.pdf

The obvious inspiration is Cholla by Sibylle Hagmann. I haven't gotten to the point of tackling spacing and kerning. Still only figuring out the glyphs. I'm struggling with c,e. Not really happy with Q, W and B. Thanks for all your critique and suggestions.

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jimmac's picture

Two question I forgot. Is it an incredible sin to do the serif for lowecase l to make it distincive from the uppercase I? Would it be a similar blasphemy to do lowercase numerals (or whatever you call 'minusky' in english) in a sans serif font?

Miss Tiffany's picture

While I do like how you have rationalized a lot of the changes, I think you might need to move a little farther away from Cholla before Emigre would be comfortable with this as a public release.

jimmac's picture

I've done a few tweaks since I've posted the initial preview. Added lowercase numerals and simplified the capitals.

As this was meant to be a Cholla replacement for future openSUSE community branding materials I don't want to go that far away from Cholla look. Feeling similar was one of the goals.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I don't follow your rationale.

guifa's picture

While I can certainly see the influence, I think there's a enough changes that I wouldn't mistaken the two fonts. Some of the clear differences can be seen in the m and the r, where 5th Leg has a semicircle extension and the m has smoother humps and flat feet and is a bit stouter.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

jimmac's picture

As the font will be available under the Open Font License, apart from the PDF here's an actual OTF of it in progress -- https://forgesvn1.novell.com/svn/opensuse-art/trunk/fonts/FifthLegWide.otf

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