My First Typeface

Deadmongoose's picture

I have absolutely no prior knowledge of typography or type-design, but recently decided to design a typeface of my own.

I know it's not exactly the most complex of designs but I like to think it's relatively original.

I'm not looking for comments on spacing as this hasn't left illustrator yet, just wondered what the type gurus out there thought.

Any name suggestions would also be cool aswell,

Cheers, Elliott

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oldnick's picture

That's some serious x-height. Overall, pretty impressive for a first effort. My only misgiving is about the Fs: to my eye, they're both rather bottom-heavy...

Deadmongoose's picture

haha, yeah the x-height has made it quite a tough one to design,

in terms of the Fs, is this any better any better?

http://i56.tinypic.com/qy9wuf.jpg

Elliott

blank's picture

Nick is right, this is a great first font. But there’s a lot going in the design that only works because the strokes are so light—which I’m sure is intentional. I think you will learn a lot by designing regular and black weights just to see what has to change to make the design adapt to proportions of 1:7 and 1:3. Then make then all work together. And if you still want to keep designing type at that point, you’re perfect for the job.

typerror's picture

The bowls in the lower case b, d, and g are different, unique and quite nice... why did you not carry them over to the other l/c and caps?

I think it could add a very distinctive quality to the font.

oldnick's picture

in terms of the Fs, is this any better any better?

Call me old-fashioned (or anything else you'd like); I think this flows better...

Deadmongoose's picture

@Dunwich - thanks, I actually started this design with a regular/bold wieght but then decided to convert it to paths after the completion of the lower case characters as I felt it improved work flow and the overall look of the font. I also had trouble with the intersects as I felt they were to heavy on most of the characters

@typeterror - I can't honestly say why I didn't carry them through, most probably because I rushed the uppercase slightly this morning (lowercase was my focus). I think I shall rectify this later as it would look better with consistent bowls

@nick - it definately sits better, I just had a dying need to try and keep the descender of the f to a minimum; amateur i guess

Elliott

typerror's picture

I like the typeterror... although I am soft and cuddly most of the time :-)

And yes I like the lighter weight better. Problems to work out in the bolder.

typerror's picture

Here is what I am talking about. I have translated your d, g, etc. to the e. It is less round and more in tune with the aforementioned characters. Your characters have a different sparkle.

brianskywalker's picture

Hey I can't critique right now, but that's incredible for a first effort! I take it you are very familiar with the bezier tool!

Deadmongoose's picture

@typerror - somewhat of a type error on my part there!

with regards the e, that looks excellent; I'll definately be translating that into the typeface later today. It's much more distinctive than the initial shape and i'll definately follow this through with the uppercase characters, thankyou

@brianskywalker - correct, the pen tool is about all I've used for this typeface so far. That and the new line width tool in Illustrator CS5, makes editing paths so much more versatile without having to flatten them

Bert Vanderveen's picture

I don't like the mix up of 'real' circles and super-ellipses — either one goes all geometric or one goes Piet Hein.

typerror's picture

My point exactly Bert.

Deadmongoose's picture

Ok, I know this has been a stupidly long time coming but I've only just had chance to work on this again due to A-Level and University preparations at school.

No idea if you guys can remember this thread but I've reworked all the curves to fit my non-geometric characters.

I think I'm verging on completion of this, just wanted to know if there's any glaring errors I haven't picked up on.

Elliott

brianskywalker's picture

Looking good! Though I think the /a/ still looks a bit geometric and wide. Your arched letters /n/m/h/u/ might need to be changed to look more similar to your rounded ones. There is a hard edge on the right of some of them as well.

Your curly brace should be monoline. The numerals also have a very different art deco feel from the rest of the font, and are too geometric.

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