"Ma" a new stencil font

page's picture

Hey Typophile

I have been fairly inactive for a while but we put our typographer shoes on a bit ago and have been dancing and working on a stencil font that would highlight the spaces in between.
We also realized that the space in between doesn't have a name. Some have tried 'pylon', but that just didn't make sense. We think " ma" works as its that non western idea of the palpable presence of the metaphysical; like the pause between two notes or the silence in the middle of a sentence for dramatic effect. This concept is imbedded in many cultures, why not a font.

Currently, we have only developed the "Ma" Caps at present.
We wold love to know what you think.
Without further ado.

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1996type's picture

I actually like this concept. It could work really well for Display usage, when you want the viewer to look at it a bit longer before they figure out what it says. My only suggestion would be to make the serifs a little larger. I get the point of keeping them small, but I think you're running the risk of not being legible at all.

Keep going!

5star's picture

Nice.

But it looks like a lighter cut I've seen coming from Non-Format ... perhaps they got it from somewhere else.

http://www.non-format.com/showcase/sanahunt4/1/

Michael Wallner's picture

I agree, you need to make the serifs bigger. Even after that you may have some legibility issues because of all the awkward white space created inbetween the letters. The typeface does have a nice elegance to it at the larger sizes

page's picture

minerva, thanks for showing us Sensaway. Its wonderful. We were obviously looking for something very light delicate airy with a lot of white space.
We have a lot of work to do yet but this is incredibly encouraging. Our 5- 9 numbers are a bit heavy.

I know we had discussions about this being above 24 pt and not really usable at smaller sizes. We would agree it looses its legibility at the smaller sizes. We are also hoping to be just at that edge of legibility enough to make you think about what you are looking at rather than just ah yes, not quite david carson what is it but very close.
Its one of the reasons behind using a Snellen Eye Chart as a type example.

Thank you for the feedback so far. We will post updates as we make our modifications. We are hoping for a curious and interesting ampersand... its always the glyph that makes us excited about particular fonts.

page's picture

minerva, thanks for showing us Sensaway. Its wonderful. We were obviously looking for something very light delicate airy with a lot of white space.
We have a lot of work to do yet but this is incredibly encouraging. Our 5- 9 numbers are a bit heavy.

I know we had discussions about this being above 24 pt and not really usable at smaller sizes. We would agree it looses its legibility at the smaller sizes. We are also hoping to be just at that edge of legibility enough to make you think about what you are looking at rather than just ah yes, not quite david carson what is it but very close.
Its one of the reasons behind using a Snellen Eye Chart as a type example.

Thank you for the feedback so far. We will post updates as we make our modifications. We are hoping for a curious and interesting ampersand... its always the glyph that makes us excited about particular fonts.

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

Out of curiosity - who are "we"?

Luma Vine's picture

Maybe it's obvious, but I have achieved this look by adding white stroke to a more conventional typeface. I think there is something to taking it farther, so keep pushing it beyond the simple effect into something compelling.

page's picture

minerva ...We are myself ( Page) and our graphic designer Lenka ; both of whom are typographically inspired. I am an architect, interior designer and urban planner by training based in Pittsburgh PA. The firm is "empty space"

We have been embarking on a new Farm produce distribution venture and wanted to develop a unique elegant typeface to complement the venture in the form of a logo text /mark. The logo text and mark are evolving as well. As soon as we can share those we will.

I am glad to finally have a bit to contribute.

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