Garamond Sans

1996type's picture

Hello Everybody,

As Expletus Sans is coming to completion, I started working on some new ideas. After I had drawn the a I just had to complete the lowercase. It's still in a very early stage of the design process, so no proper spacing/kerning except the kerning already in Adobe Garamond. It's not exactly based on Garamonds proportions, but I did use it as a reference, so for now the name Garamond Sans will do. Before you comment any serious critique I would like to know if you know of any similar fonts. Hope you like it!

Jasper de Waard

Stephen Coles's picture

This is a great start, and worth pursuing. Steer clear of Cronos, Today Sans, Comenia Sans, Relato Sans. The stroke contrast already makes yours unique.

1996type's picture

Thanks Stephen. It just seems so unlikely nobody has ever tried to cut off the serifs of a serif typeface and keep the contrast the same. Do you have any critique on colour, width, optical illusions, shape, etc.? Is the comma working for you?

JoergGustafs's picture

Looks promising!

The /z/ looks too light to me, as well as the comma.
I think there’s a slight overall weight discrepancy between the (originally) serifed characters and the non-serifed.

But I like the rather compact shape of the /c/ and the rather solid tittles.

Another font in that category would be

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Jasper, have a look at Nota by Nikola Djurek. IMO, one of the best and most underrated releases this year.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Did you just chop them off? :) In y, the serifs obviously played a big part in adding weight. Your w also suffers from this. I’ve used Relato Sans quite a bit which have a similar unconnected k and it always bothers me. I would reconsider that one.

1996type's picture

@ Joerg: I just added some weight to the z and comma, so it's good to hear my eyes told the truth. I based in somewhat on Garamond to speeden up the design process. It's not meant as a sans-serif companion for Garamond. On of the many changes I've made so far is decreasing the length of the ascenders, which I couldn't/shouldn't have done if it was a companion for Garamond. The tittles are Garamond's size and I like them too. I find the c too wide in many typefaces. I guess I didn't make mine too compressed then. =D

@ Frode: The k in Relato sans has a much wider gap. The gap in Sensa (I've decided to name it Sensa now) disappears at text sizes. I have made changes to every glyph shown above, many of them increasing/decreasing weight, so I hope what you say about the y is fixed now.

Thanks for your comments guys. I'll upload an update in a few days.

1996type's picture

Nota is beautifull indeed. It's gonna be hard to top that :-(

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