So I finished my first draft of lowercase letters and REALLY would like some feedback and critiquing. See the attached file...
There are some things I like and a few things I don't know if I like, but I wanted to get a fresh pair of eyes on it. Here are some main points I would like to ask about...
1) Do you think the ascenders (I think that's what they're called) should come up higher above the dots of the i and j?
2) x was by far the hardest one to come up with while maintaining this style. I don't know if it's quite there, yet, but I feel like I'm out of ideas. Any thoughts?
Anything else you would like to express, I'm totally open to hear it. I think that's it for now.
over 1 year ago
Cool one mate! Ask to @Claire Coullon man! She is an Amazing typographer!!! My Dear Teacher also! :-P Great Calire!!!
This looks really great but I'm not sure about the line to a circle on letterforms like c, e and s. However I think the a, r and g work really well.
Thanks @Tobia .. she has some amazing stuff, thanks for the introduction.
@Jess I really like the circle on the 'e' but I see what you're saying. Going to see what variants I can come up with for some of the other letters using circles. Thanks!
This is all new to me, so as I'm studying other typographers I'm realizing there's some things I haven't really thought of yet... like testing strings of letters together to see how their serifs fit together. Will be doing some of that.
Thanks @Tobia for pointing this out!
Nice combination of straight stems and circles, I really like it on 'a' and personally, the 'e' works for me too. I think for 'c' it would work better only having one (like the top one) and then simply having a thin curve on the bottom.
Overall, I'd suggest not being afraid to break away from the grid and bringing in some different strokes/curves when you need them. I think this would make letters like 'g', 'k' and 'x' easier, rather than trying to force them to fit into a strict structure. For the 'x', you could try looking at how other typefaces combine quite rounded terminals with bolder main strokes – like, for instance, the black italic weight of Abril Display.
You also mentioned the ascenders: I think they're at a good height as is, although this will be easier to judge once you put phrases together and consider the kind of line height you want. One thing I'd say though is that typically a 't' ascender doesn't reach as high up as the ones on 'b', 'd' etc.
Sorry for the insanely long comment, hope some of that is helpful!
@Claire That was exactly the type of feedback I was looking for. Thank you for taking the time to look at it.
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