Earthquake Sans - WIP - Critique

ctbeiser's picture

I've been working on my first font; it tries to channel early woodblock display fonts, with a very low-fidelity, imprecise and analogue quality. There are no straight lines, and a plenty of intentional 'defects'.

There's a couple of sharp corners that I still need to go over, but I'm wondering a lot about the broader direction that I want to move in.

A short sample: http://cl.ly/I5W0

Full PDF sample: http://cl.ly/I5D3

It's really designed for low quality newsprint (I made the first few letters for my school's newspaper) so I encourage you to print it out and look at it on the page if you have the time and patience.

I haven't done anything more than side bearing-based spacing yet (the & entering the P is a mistake, not a ligature.)

hrant's picture

I'm not getting how it's designed for low-quality newsprint. In fact the spacing is tight enough to cause problems in low-quality printing.

hhp

ctbeiser's picture

The spacing is really a bit of an afterthought at this point; it's going to be redone entirely soon, looser than it is. I really want to get all of the letterforms right before I start dealing with spacing, so I don't end up having to redo it later.

There's a crispness to printing these days that, on low quality newsprint, especially with bad color, makes most very large type (this was designed for a flag), especially many serifs, feel out of place, due to the precision in the printing not being reflected in the color and consistency of the newsprint. The intention is that the imprecision rejects modernist tendencies towards perfection, and instead embraces the faults of the medium.

hrant's picture

I'm no fan of Modernism, but I think ill-defined romanticism isn't much better. When you consider that a "clean" font will end up looking like your font once it goes through low-quality printing, "designed for low-quality printing" doesn't seem to make sense ("designed to look like low-quality printing" would be fine though). To me what you describe would be a font with deep traps and sharp thorns.

hhp

ctbeiser's picture

The black print quality in most newspapers is rather precise, at least at sizes > 64pt, but the paper and the colors are consistently subpar. It is in fact designed to channel the feeling of low quality printing, for reasonably precise printing, on low quality paper.

kontur's picture

Funky |Q|!

To me it feels like the font is emulating the look of cheap newspaper printing, ie the melted corners and slightly wobbly lines. That, as such, looks to be working.

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