Anybody who has ever tried to design a font knows how hard it is to get the 's' to look right. Since there are virtually no straight lines in an 's' it makes it extremely difficult to design it in a way that is optically pleasing and balanced. It shouldn't feel like it's leaning to the left or the right, but rather that it is firmly secured to the baseline.
I have tried to use a system that lines the nodes up in respect to a skewed parallel grid. In doing so it helps to ensure the curves line up right where they are best suited for the overall shape of the 's'.
(this is the 's' for one of the thicker weights of the Klinic Slab typeface that is currently in production)
See attachment for clean version.
almost 2 years ago
Hardest letter to make but, I think you nailed it!
Wow thats awesome
Perfect! Not leaning in any way :)
Looks epic Joe and thanks for sharing.
I wish you could double-like or super-like something, because I would this.
Wow, this is excellent. I'd say you've proved that system works! I love that 's', it's so sturdy and has such gorgeous curves at the same time. Great chunky serifs too.
Figures, you're an engineer.
The letter S is the worst, but this is fantastic (execution and explanation). Keep it up Joe!
Joe, the type scientist. Looks great, man.
I always thought "K" was the hardest.
Maybe it's just because I hate that letter so much.
"s" have always been the hardest for me, whether it's graffiti, typography, logomark, they're just plain hard. But this looks stunning. Great job, man.
Really awesome construction. Thank you for sharing.
I love your system. I will give it a try!
i love this. well done + well said!
by Oğuzhan Öçalan
This was the alternate S version of the lettering that I made for Webastones. I thought that it's a good rebound to Joe's heavy slab. However mine needs some tweaks ;)
Joe, well done buddy. Great solution. Can't wait to see the final outcome!
almost 2 years ago
Great stuff JP. Solid.
Thanks a lot everyone! :) Still experimenting with the proportionality aspect of the grid but testing is going well. Cheers for the support.
Cool stuff buddy!
Looking great, thanks for sharing.
"Anybody who has ever tried to design a font knows how hard it is to get the 's' to look right"
Yup, I hear ya ;) Great Slab, love the deep notches in the serifs!!
Fascinating view of your process. Thank you.
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