Rhythm and design of upper/lower case letters

stressin's picture


Does anyone have any suggestions about rhythm of letterform design when working with the uppercase and lowercase?

In my case, I just finished sketching out the lowercase letters and am now trying to complete the uppercase. However, I do not know how to approach the uppercase in a way that I can retain the lowercase characteristics; lowercase seems more rounder than uppercase, which seems to have very sharp corners and angles.

In terms of rhythm, how would you design a upper/lower case set and yet at the sametime keep coherence so that they complement each other. Also, expanding out, how can this be applied to all other sets within its family?

Please help, thank you.

stressin's picture

no suggestions?

hrant's picture

Well, first of all I feel that "rhythm" is a misleading term (at least in the realm of text fonts).

But terminological issues aside, the one (possibly counter-intuitive) thing I've discovered about designing caps is that you can't make them too harmonious with the lc - that backfires. You just have to let them be what they need to be, and stick to ensuring overall stylistic consistency, even color, etc. Unless you're trying to break new ground...


as8's picture

Mr. Jesse Lee.
The spearhead of rhythm is the fusion of the identity and novelty.
Attached is a sample from the course I had with Mr. Laurent Rebena,
from Paris, note the differences in the scripts.
If you want to understand Rhythm you can look at the moon,
count from one to four when you skip or listen to music;
or you can buy a book on calligraphy, take a pen and the ink,
start with the Chancery style (Cancelleresca). Don't be afraid,
you won't fall into the inkpot.

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