Tow

Tomi from Suomi's picture

This is what happens, when a type designer has a whole weeks worth of vacation; I read a book set with (on/in?) Melior. And that was agony: glyph cotrast was way too high, and that squarish design did not help. So, I promptly went to work with a more legible replacement, and came up with utterly different font with nothing to do with Melior whatsoever:


What do you think?

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eliason's picture

Why are the text samples tracked out? That is, why isn't the spacing more generous?

1996type's picture

I think the o, e and c are to wide, the lower bowl of the g to small and the w to dark/condensed. Also I agree with eliason that it needs some wider spacing. I like the look of it, but it just doesn't seem balanced yet.

sim's picture

I also agree that the o seems too wide or the a too condensed. It's seems there is two kind of typeface here, a condensed and a normal one. I think you should choose one of that two style. The italic is more interesting to me but the v, w are too extended. Take a look at you bdpq, at the join with the stem, I think it's too large. Keep going.

Tomi from Suomi's picture

André, you are right, those are too wide and too narrow. And you're right on italics as well. Will keep on going.

Craig, my fonts are made mostly for display, and they are usually used in large point sizes. Therefore I make my fonts for use in 24+ size.

It also makes better letter spacing in general: one can always track out the type, but many fonts can't handle the negative tracking. My fonts can.

And Philips (1996type), you've just started type design, so perhaps you should take it easy with your comments for some time. I've seen your work.

And here's a sample of my latest tight spacing with some 1 200 hand-made kerning pairs:


(I changed the weight from Black to Heavy, to avoid any U.S. comments, and just now realized the irony.)

paul d hunt's picture

(I changed the weight from Black to Heavy, to avoid any U.S. comments, and just now realized the irony.)

hahahaha

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