The Lobster Font v1.4 Released (Free)

PabloImpallari's picture

Hello There!

I'm making my first font, and releasing betas as I make any little bit of progress (in the same way as open source projects do, since my background is PHP programming).

Is a nice bold condensed script with plenty of ligatures and final forms alternates.
For me is a learning experience, so any feedback is highly appreciated.

You can download it for free from the lobster font mini-site.
http://www.impallari.com/lobster/

Thanks!!!
Pablo

dhannah1000's picture

Great work! Keep it up!

Dav's picture

Lookin' oh so pretty.
Good luck with the open tasks on the 'to do' list.

FrankSmith's picture

Keep it up is right! Can't wait to see the caps!

jrsilva's picture

Beatiful typeface.
Keep up the great work!!
Can't wait to see the upercase ones.

PabloImpallari's picture

The Caps are ready.

You can download Beta14 for free from the lobster font mini-site, as usual
http://www.impallari.com/lobster/

riccard0's picture

Beautiful! :-)

JanekZ's picture

Can I hint acute?


(oacute is mine)
nice lobster...

PabloImpallari's picture

@riccad0: Thanks!

@JanekZ: Yep, you can modify any thing you want.
Does my acutes looks to much like Polish Krescas?

riccard0's picture

Don't know if they seem polish, but surely they're uncomfortably upright.

JanekZ's picture

Pablo,
I would want to see acutes more inclined than yours, and not so angular.
Here are: oacute and aacute from Walbaum Italic, in the middle proposed oacute.
LL principles of acute (Adam Twardoch), LR Kinescope (Mark Simonson).

PabloImpallari's picture

Thanks. It's always great when people help.
The acutes will be fixed for the next release.

PabloImpallari's picture

Final v1.0 version has been released
Including full latin1 coverage.

Free download
http://www.impallari.com/lobster/
Released under the Apache 2 License.

PabloImpallari's picture

By the way, I'm not 100% sure that the OT features are working properly.

Do they work for you?
Thanks!

riccard0's picture

Congratulations on the inclusion in the Google Font Directory!

PabloImpallari's picture

Thanks! How cool is that!!!

JanekZ's picture

I spent an hour or two, made Polish characters, and there is no errors (almost)!


Do you want "my" file?

PabloImpallari's picture

Great!
Will love to add them to the next release
send it to impallari@gmail.com

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I’m not to familiar with the œ, but it’s considered a single glyph (diagraph) — not a ligature. Maybe some frenchmen can chime in on that one. Also the Œ might be to heavy where the shapes meet.

Other things I noticed:
• Bumpy ring in “å”.
• Bumpy a shape in “@”.
• I’d consider drawing © in style with the typeface. If you keep it as is, you need to fix the top node in the c part.
• The “n” and it’s derivates have some problems with the northwestern part of the curve. The same bumpyness seems to repeat in a lot of the connecting tails.
• I spotted some collisions: “ft”, “nx”, “fj”, “gj”, “fï”
• “ð

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I lost a lot of text after that eth.
• Your thorn is also problematic, likewise the ø/Ø (horrible).
• “ú” differs in spacing from other “u” shapes.
• quite a few of the alternates and ligatures set much tighter than the rest of the text.
• “r” often leaves a huge gap after itself.
• a lof of the punctuation differs in weight and style.

PabloImpallari's picture

@Frank:
Great Feedback! Thanks a lot.
I will try to fix all I can for next releases, but I'm afraid some of the points are way beyond my abilities. You are welcome to edit the FL source and send it back, if you feel like.

@JanekZ:
file received. Thanks!

eli84's picture

beautiful font! can it be used for comercial projects???

PabloImpallari's picture

Yes, you can.
The Lobster loves to be used on commercial projects.

You can also use it on websites as a webfont via Google Web Fonts
http://code.google.com/webfonts/family?family=Lobster

Or via Typekit Webfonts
http://typekit.com/fonts/lobster

Enjoy!

Special-K's picture

Nice!
Might have a personal project for this.
Suitcase Fusion on the mac couldn't see the font until I renamed it from
Lobster 1.3.otf to Lobster.otf

PabloImpallari's picture

Yep, it seems that some programs might have difficult with font that have numbers on her names.
However numbers will remain for a while, as they make it easy for me to keep track of the versions and revisions. And it allows me have all of them installed at the same time.

nina's picture

If you want the numbers in there you could always spell them out, like LobsterOneThree or some such.

Michel Boyer's picture

Special-K, have you tried Lobster-1-3.otf, avoiding a dot in the name?

Arno Enslin's picture

As far as I remember, the specifications advise to use the PostScript name as file name (Type1 or OT specification). (Because of old programs / PostScript interpreters.) I would not put the version number in the file name. Alternatively I would put the version number also in the internal font names. (The dot is allowed there, isn’t it?) If an application has problems with that, it is the fault of the application, but not the fault of the font.

Michel Boyer's picture

Hmm. On OS X 10.5.8, I get the following filenames and PostScript names

ヒラギノ明朝 Pro W3.otf ; HiraMinPro-W3
ヒラギノ明朝 Pro W6.otf ; HiraMinPro-W6
ヒラギノ角ゴ Pro W3.otf ; HiraKakuPro-W3
ヒラギノ丸ゴ Pro W4.otf ; HiraMaruPro-W4
ヒラギノ角ゴ Pro W6.otf ; HiraKakuPro-W6
ヒラギノ丸ゴ ProN W4.otf ; HiraMaruProN-W4
ヒラギノ角ゴ Std W8.otf ; HiraKakuStd-W8
ヒラギノ角ゴ StdN W8.otf ; HiraKakuStdN-W8

PS: I just ran for i in *.otf; do echo -n "$i" " ; "; otfinfo -p "$i"; done and looked at the output.

Arno Enslin's picture

@ Michel

I think, it’s more a should, but not a must. The situations, in which you can have trouble with a font, that has a file name, which is not identically with the PostScript name, are probably extremely rare. But I am relatively sure, that the recommendation can be deduced from the Type1 specs.

PabloImpallari's picture

The Google Webfont version also have the numbers removed from the name so it plays nice with Internet Explorer (It seems IE can't handle the numbers).

Special-K's picture

Boyer, the dashes are ok. I think Sutcase Fusion was seeing ".3.otf" as a unknown file extension, so it couldn't load the font.

PabloImpallari's picture

I bought the Doyald Young Collection to keep learning.
And he was incredibly generous to send me some suggestions for improving the font.

Version 1.4 released. Totally redraw.
Compare old(1.3) vs New(1.4):

As usual, download free from:
http://www.impallari.com/lobster/

Enjoy! and Donate if you wish

Nunymare's picture

Awesome.

Delja's picture

Hello, Pablo!
Thank you for so beautiful font! Now it can type in russian - it is great! Thank you so much!
It would be great also if it could type in latvian. May be it already can, but I can not find it.
If you could make Lobster font for latvian language or post a link to latvian Lobster - I would be very grateful to you :)

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