I was asked by a current client to include my name in a lettering piece I'm working on, so naturally, I had to go and shoot for a perfect new wordmark for myself.
This has been beat up by me about 100 times, and now I'm ready for you to beat it up. Click the attachment for a big ol' version and let me know what sucks.
11 months ago
I think the 'R' is too wide and not high enough, I think it'd look better if it was similar in proportion to the 'H'. I'm not sure about that extra little bit of the leg of the 'K' that flicks out, I think it takes away some of the readability, but other than those two things, I literally cannot find any fault in anything, it's great! Would be cool if you linked the curve on the 'K' to the 'N' in Ryan now that I look at it again, would fit nicely with the 'R' and 'H' link! Nice work Ryan.
Really nice, that R-y-H interaction in particular is so distinctive, fantastic to look at. I love the variation in the stroke shape and width, it gives everything a great dynamic feel. Keeping that in mind, I do think the 'n' seems quite heavy and a little overpowering. I love what its swash does though, very nice solution for where you'd otherwise have a big gap.
The 'c' has a beautiful shape but feels a little squished. I'd test widening it or just extending the lower curve so it has more space before the 'k' (speaking of which, I personally love its lower curve).
I also really like the open 'a's (especially the top one), although I do think the lower left outer curve of the second one (what a mouthful) could be a bit smoother so that it fits better next to that 'H' curve.
Claire is a boss....lol! I think you need to tilt the whole mark down on the left side a bit. I would also try swapping the "R" and y" ligatures as to make the "R" become the cross bar of the "H"...just a thought...Your work is amazingly clean. I need lessons from you. WORD.
Yeah here is some great type work ! The only thing I would do is to add a bit of extra space between the 'H' and the 'y' descendent, so it could fit better with the slightly 'wide' feeling of the whole. And maybe the ligature of your 'm' looks a bit thicker than the others, like on the 'a's or the 'i'. Besides that it looks so clean, I love the 'R' and the 'k', so much flow.
Interesting and eye catching. Have you tried using the descender of the y to form the left stem of the h? As it is now, it looks like 3 stems. The k is a bit over the top and some of the other letters could be refined for consistency and weight. Good work.
Wow! Not gonna try to add anything to the great feedback here, but this is awesome! Did you use a brush marker to make the rough? It looks very authentic. I like that lowercase 'r' also! Great stuff.
Love the R y H and K. Great job!
This looks great, definitely shows a lot of personality. I love all the creative choices you made. Fantastic work!!
by Ryan Hamrick
Thanks for the awesome feedback, all!
Here's the new version with a comparison overlay from the last one in a red stroke (big version attached again, with comparison, also)…we'll just say I changed a few things. :)
11 months ago
Hey guys, check the rebound!
@Glen Thorpe - I felt what you were saying about the 'R' being a bit short and fat. I think it's a bit cleaner now. With the 'K', that's kind of the way I draw them when I'm using brushes, and I wanted to represent that here. I did clean it up a bit though, and I'm a lot happier with it now, you? As far as connecting the 'K' and the 'N', that would be very interesting, but then I'd lose my tittle. That 'K's doing double duty. :)
@Claire Coullon - Claire, Claire, Claire. I'm not sure what I ever did to deserve your constant support and friendship, but damn do I ever appreciate it. If I didn't know better, I'd bet money that you never do any actual work because you're too busy helping others. Then I see your incredible creations and they just seem that much more impressive.
Regarding the 'n', I actually thinned that out a lot before that version! Not sure what I was thinking originally, but I think it's a bit better now, yes? I also gave the 'c' a bit more breathing room, and while I tried to improve the 'k's readability, I think he kept most of his character. :)
With the 'H-a' pairing, that was one of about five things I noticed immediately after posting here that were driving me nuts, lol. Always works that way. I think I've got them joining up pretty nicely now, though.
Thank you so much again!
@Mike Jones - Isn't she though? On swapping around those ligaures, I acutally did try that quite a bit, I just could not for the life of me get it to look right, for whatever reason. BUT! I am going to pair this with a new monogram style design that will actually do exactly that! Looks good by itself, didn't feel like it did in the wordmark. Thanks though, brotha!
@Joachim Vu - Oh man, thanks! So I added some space between the 'H' and the 'y's descender, and I think it breaks it up better. Great call on the 'm' as well (another one of those things that jumped out at me after it being live on the internet, lol).
@Dan (Hypagraphic) - The "k" is my favorite part, so he's staying for reasons stated above (:)), but I think it's a little more readeable now, you?
@Joseph Alessio - Lots and lots and lots of brush markering.Settled on one I particularly liked, but instead of scanning and using the pen tool, I decided to draw it fresh with clean versions of all the natural shapes and forms. :)
@Jeremiah Wingett @Tyler Somers - Thanks guys, glad you like!
Okay, apparently, I just don't get how to operate mentions tonight, so @Glen Thorpe, @Claire Coullon, @Mike Jones, @Joachim Vu, @Dan (Hypagraphic), @Joseph Alessio, @Jeremiah Wingett and @Tyler Somers — thanks a ton for the feedback!
I really dig all your hand lettering. The K is especially nice.
@Bjango ✎ Marc Edwards - Thanks, Marc!
3 months ago
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