which of these designs is more "correct"?

kosal's picture

Here's the deal. I'm pretty happy with A. I'm trying to design a weight lighter and I'd like some guidance on which approach works better. The main difference between B and C is that C's counterspaces are wider. Proportionally, which one of these is better? Right now, these heavy designs are for display, but I might progress to designing lighter weights with a more text-friendly approach. Backward huh?

Also, comments on specific glyphs would be greatly appreciated.

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WriteType's picture

I think A is the best. The overlap of the letters creates a more striking visual effect than the other two.

kosal's picture

Sorry, I could've been clearer. I meant to ask which is better between B and C. In the font family, A is the extra black, and either B or C will be the black.

riccard0's picture

The counters of C are too big.

kosal's picture

That's what I'm thinking, but looking at the negative space in "ION" of B and C, it seems C has a better, balanced pattern. Is that important in a display face such as this?

riccard0's picture

If it were a logo, I would say "absolutely". Being a typeface, you should consider the whole of the alphabet and its combinations.

cerulean's picture

Frankly they all seem like legitimate separate members of a family. Could you just call C "extended" and move along from there?

Another thought is to mix the one-story letters of C (o,b,d,D,O) with the two-story letters of B (a,e,s,E,S). Horizontal counters in the two-story letters are the main flaw of C to my eyes.

You could also probably find a good compromise by interpolating them.

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