Lila

spiral's picture

my first attempt at bitmap font design, so i'd appreciate the feedback.

Lila is loosely based on my mother's handwriting (as based as a thing as tiny as that can be ;), so i'm trying to recreate a handwritten fill...

\image{first draft of Lila}

spiral's picture

hmmm... apparently the image thing didn't work, sorry!

first draft of lila

hrant's picture

1. I like the uncialish caps.
2. Text block, please!

hhp

spiral's picture

here it goes. made some modifications, but no kerning, punctuation, or numerals yet

lilabit second sample

gregorycadars's picture

The lc looks great!
>> but some letters (o,g,y,j,y) are really producing some black dirt I think.
And an italic version?

hrant's picture

Cool.
But like G said those closed loops are standing out too much.

hhp

spiral's picture

new version:
Corrected (i think) the problems with the lc y, g, j, and o. Changed the lc e and R, and started with numerals and punctuation

thanks for the feedback!

Lilabit, version 3

hrant's picture

Much nicer! The main problem left (for me) is the lc "o" - for one thing, it's a lot like an "e".

hhp

spiral's picture

latest version. more puntuation, slight changes...

lilabit ver. 3

spiral's picture

and here's the bold version.
i'm not too crazy about it, feel there's too much contrast between thick/thin strokes, but I can't find another solution at this scale...
lilabit bold

hrant's picture

Grayscale.

hhp

Joe Pemberton's picture

Fun.

Perhaps there's a way to 'optically' close those
loops (rather than literally)... Same problem
with the o, it's pretty dark. I'd also point out the
bowl of the cap R is too small. Open it up like
the P.

What if the finishing stroke on characters like
the h,m,n dropped a pixel below the baseline?

//joe

Joe Pemberton's picture

Pardon me for getting presumptuous... I couldn't
resist. (I'm only bothering because I think this
has a lot of potential.)

Alternate m and n

Here's some thoughts I had about the o--agreeing
w/ Hrant that the o is a bit of a stretch--as
well as my earlier suggestion for the m and n.

//joe

anonymous's picture

I wouldn't mind seeing the apex of the lc "s" overshoot the x-height by a pixel as well. That might help it stand apart from the lc "a" and "o".

Aside from this (and Gregory, Hrant and Joe's suggestions), it's a very interesting face, and I agree with Joe that it has great potential. It reminds me pleasantly of the old whimsical script-mimicking typewriter fonts, from the daisywheel and ball typewriter days.

Very nice work! Keep it up!

David

anonymous's picture

all of the descenders seems too dark in your roman(roman? un-bold?) version. maybe remove the center pixel in the lc "q"'s cross.

Lc "f,g,y" look off to me aswell. possibly remove the center pixel in the "g" an "y" at the cross. and maybe the bottom most pixel of the descender on each.

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