New script font

daverowland's picture

Hi. I'm working on this new font - it's a kind of hybrid between a baseball script and a formal roundhand kind of script, or at least that's how it started. It's taken on a life of its own since then. Anyway, I've just got round to drawing the Icelandic characters eth and thorn. What I want to know is: Is it ok for the crossbar of eth to be extended from th top of the stem in a loop? Had a quick look at other script fonts on MyFonts and found none that treated the eth this way. If there are any Icelandic Typophiles out there, it'd be good to get your opinion. As for the thorn, I'm thinking it looks way to much like a ß because of the loop (which comes from making it out of a b and p). Accents are missing from the text string below because I've not made them yet.
Cheers for looking and thanks in advance for any help

Miss Tiffany's picture

Promoted to the front page.
I am really liking this.

daverowland's picture

Thanks

It's in the final stages now. There's a surprising amount of kerning needed for a connecting script font, not between connecting letters but between punctuation and non-connecting alternates. Hopint to get it released within the next week or two...

daverowland's picture

Now released on MyFonts

eliason's picture

Congrats Dave.
I cringe a little at the name, only because it seems rather close to Gelateria, which is an existing font in the same general design area. I'd hate for people to perceive the name as an attempt to ride that font's coattails, especially as your design clearly stands on its own in quality and versatility.

daverowland's picture

Thanks Craig.
The name cam about when I had to design a logo for an Italian Coffee Shop with Gelato in the name. I used this font and thought it looked good, so I chose it as the name. There's another font called Gelato but hopefully this is different enough for that not to be a problem. Worst case scenario I have to change the name, but that gives you a longer run at Hot New Fonts a-la Sketchetica/Sketchetik. Still got to sell some first though!

Thanks everyone for the help throughout the critique stage, it was invaluable.

riccard0's picture

Maybe this one you used as a promotional image could be a better name:


with its lovely s_t ligature and all.

dogg's picture

@daverowland

This is probably a bit off-topic, but I was curious what your initial steps are in creating a script font like this. Do you start with actual brush/pen and ink or is done entirely in pencil tracings first?

daverowland's picture

Hi
No, I never use a brush or pen to draw letters first. I'll usually do a few doodles to get a general feel but it's generally straight into the computer - I don't scan anything in and trace it, just copy the doodles roughly then mess about with the points.

dogg's picture

That's impressive given the nuances of the strokes. Do you find it difficult to keep the letters fluid or do you use at least use an electronic stylus to help speed the process?

daverowland's picture

I just use a mouse and battle with the bezier curves until they look right. Font remix tools from Just Another Foundry help with that (the harmoniser)

dogg's picture

Thanks for the insight. Mind if I hit you up for more advice in the future?

daverowland's picture

No problem

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