Another First Draft (Depot)

coop's picture

Hi All

Another font I have been working on, still in the early stages. Your comments and opinons would be greatly appreicated.

Depot.pdf

Chris Rugen's picture

Not so much a crit, but a general comment: I like it. It's very stripped down but has just enough character that it isn't dull or blunt. From an on-screen glance, it looks very even.

Forrest L Norvell's picture

The M and the W are interesting but the middle join feels too wide.

The bowl of the g feels disproportionately large next to the tail.

I like the curved leg of the k. I also like the chiseled tops on A, N, and Z.

Right now the ratio of letter spacing to word spacing makes the text a little hard to follow. This may be a function of the face being light; I don't know.

Overall, I like its simplicity, but it needs tweaking to harmonize the whole alphabet (the Q, which I otherwise like, sticks out of the face, as does the k). With a little work, it would be characterless enough to make a good sans body text.

coop's picture

Adjustments and alterations:

Comments please.

Depot01.pdf

testcase's picture

Hmm, it's nice.

The body-weight is full and nicely packed out.

Not sure about the lowercase 'i' though. I'm not a great fan of such style.

Christian Robertson's picture

I think that mono weight 'stroke types' are fun. The real trick is when you start to optically adjust the strokes. Forrest mentioned the thick joins on the M and the W, which are good examples of letters where you need some optical trickery to make it feel even. You will need to adjust most of the other joins as well before you'll be done. One good exercise is to make some bold characters, and start to play with how the letters wear the extra weight. As the strokes get wider, some of the optical problems will become more apparent.

Of course, the spacing needs work. It looks like you've got too much tracking in there to compensate for the uneven spacing. The best way to figure it out is to look at the spacing in other similar types, and plain old trial and error, but here are some things I've figured out: The more open the side of a letter, the less space it gets. For example, the right side-bearing of the 'r' gets very little (almost none). The left side-bearing of the h, should have more. The right side-bearing of the c, in this type is very open, so it should have more space. Curved sides (like o's) should have a smaller space than straight sides (like h's). Etc, etc.

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