Need help with my first serif typeface

artmaker's picture

Hi everyone!

This is my first attempt to get competent critique about my font. So please, Don’t beat me up too hard :)
I will be very appreciated about any critics and comments.
My first serif typeface I am trying to make a little bit retro, fashy, but contemporary.
It has 5 different serif shapes depending on the position of prominent parts of letters (maybe a little bit too complicated, but I like it).
I know there are still many things to work on and improve, but the main parts I am really not sure about are sharp ends of stems. The stems are the only parts without any serifs and I guess it makes the whole face unusual.
Please look at PDF files attached below.
I made the stems a little bit out of the baseline to prevent them to look shorter than next letters, but I think it still looks wired at large points. At sample "i" looks longer than next "l" and so on.. . May be I made them too sharp or too long? Is there any way to do not change the shape? Or may be I need to make the bottom parts of letters more consequent? Or it is Okay?
I need your opinions.

Thank you for your time and responce!

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oldnick's picture

Shouldn't the design of the /B and /D match that of the /E, /F and /P?

carlosjosued12's picture

I think it's interesting but a little bit sharp.

artmaker's picture

Thank You for comments!
I see You`re right about the same design of letters. Also I made changes of the "R" the same way.
But now there is a dilemma - which shape to use?
With the sharper one font looks even sharper, than it was before. And letter spacing seems more tight to me.
I had tried the rounded style instead, but the rounded "D" almost looks like "O".
What do you think, is the difference between the "D" and "O" noticeable enough to choose the rounded version?

P.S. It would be great if anyone could comment the length of stems (problem described at the start of this topic, in PDF file). This is the main and the most important question for me.
If anyone can notice some more problems in this typeface, please, let me know!

Thomas Phinney's picture

Why do you call it a serif typeface? Although it is a hybrid, it seems a lot closer to sans serif.

JBN's picture

This is something I would call a hybrid font.
oldnick has already pointed out what I got from the font. I actually think I could use this font. Looks very modern, a little sci-fi even.

artmaker's picture

Than You for comment!
I`m sorry for being so imprecise. Actually, You`re right, this is a hybrid.
I just could`t find myself correct definition :) It really has some sans-serif and some serif letters, also there are some with both styles mixed.

artmaker's picture

I guess I found out the problem of these strange stems myself. Previously I made all the vertical strokes a little bit longer (out of the baseline) for visual balance. I wanted them to look optically the same length as "o", "s", "a" etc.rounded letters, but I was wrong.
Now I see, it`s better to make them all placed on baseline.

HVB's picture

It's the 'o' and other rounded glyphs that need to drop below the baseline and above the x-height to look optically even with the rest of the text. Or possibly, because of the major differences between the stems of the el and n, for instance, there may be a need for specific ligatures for different combinations.

artmaker's picture

Hmm.. I like the idea about ligatures! Thank you for advice! Will keep working.

Thomas Phinney's picture

I must disagree with HVB; given that the O has a flat bottom, it does not need to overshoot.

artmaker's picture

Thomas, thank You! I was not going to make changes to "o", but I am working on some ligatures now and hope to show them soon!

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