Austeria

Sindre's picture

My first semi-serious attempt. Intentionally not a very original typeface; the proportions are very Bodonian, while there's a lot of Fleischmann and some Dwiggins influence in the details. There's bound to be a lot of beginner's mistakes, I know, please tell me, so I can improve. Any kind of critique is very welcome indeed. The spacing is still very basic.

Er, and hello, everyone. This is my very first post, after lurking for several weeks. What a wonderful resource Typophile is! I only wish I'd discovered it sooner.

S.

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cerulean's picture

Solid. All I can see is that the arm of the k looks rather small and light to me, and that there's something awkward about the bottom of the C that I can't quite put into words.

Sindre's picture

Thanks for your comment! You are perfectly right about the k, and I see a lot of other problems now as well, as I've just made the first paper prints. I will make a lot of adjustments. There pdf has some strange alignment errors, by the way. I will post a revised version soon.

eliason's picture

I get the logic of making the serifs thicker when they end thin strokes (for example vwxyKMNVWXY), but the mismatch of angles is bothersome to my eyes.

Sindre's picture

Thanks for your reply, Eliason, you're absolutely right. The odd angles are all gone now. In fact, every single glyph is revised, and I've updated the preview image and the pdf. I've also started working on a boldface, but I'm resisting the temptation of starting work on the italic. (Gee, this is really ruining my social life.)

Please, tell me what you think!

speter's picture

Very nice! The W strikes me as a tad too dark.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

The fi-lig + accent is an interesting idea, but it might be distracting. Have you considered an alternate f, that doesn't stretch so far out to the right?

Sindre's picture

Yes, as a matter of fact, I've made such a ligature for Schola, the typeface I'm working on at the moment. It's not shown in the specimen, though, but I will upload some text setting examples showing it later today, after a bit of spacing and kerning.

Fí is a very frequent letter combination in Old Norse and Icelandic, as you probably know.

I've abandoned work on Austeria, it was my very first attempt at drawing a typeface, and I think it needs major redrawing. Perhaps I'll start anew when Schola is finished; I still like the idea of mixing Fleischmann's quirkiness with Bodoni's austerity. I think Jorge Luis Borges would have liked such a typeface.

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