riviera - critique

stefano c's picture

Hello everyone.

Here I am to present you this Riviera, my first attempt to design a font. The project started in the late 2005, when I hand-designed some capital letters to present a project.

Now I'd like to complete it. In my mind it should be a display font inspired and recalling the modern movement, '50 etc. Until now I designed a to z lower and uppercase. Numbers are just sketched, I need some time to fix the thicknessess; punctuation and glyphs are not yet drafted. Maybe in future I'll develope different weights versions, but now I want to define this medium weight one.

Here there is a little test page:

I know there are some problems. /S/ is quite ugly, although /s/ satisfies me more but not at all; /r/ is not so good, the cut seems sharp; and many more things that probably now I can't see. Expecially I'd like to ask you an opinion about the general rythm and the relation between letter width. I think there's something that doesn't work but I can't understand what.

Thank you in advance
Best regards

Pdf is attached to take a closer look

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hrant's picture

It's very zeitgeist.


37DMK's picture

I took a close look and i really like the shapes. Especially the K’s are beautiful. So i started to wonder what thicknesses you where referring to. IMO the thicknesses are fine.

Trying to write about potential to improve i would say:
The /g’s and /e’s lower curve may be a bit to small for my taste but as a monitor font it will certainly work well i think. The optical baseline is a bit bumpy because there are no down-/upstrokes on /u /r ect.

i hope this helps

best regards

brianskywalker's picture

Nice. On balance, I wonder if the lowercase t/f and /j might not be wide enough? I agree with 37DMK on the loop an the bottom of the /g.

I wonder why the uppercase /W doesn't match the lc /w or the /V ? ...In fact, it looks like you flopped the /M for this one....

Looking good, keep it up! :-)

stefano c's picture

Dear guys,
thank you all for your precious suggestions. I'm working on them, and I hope I can send you something new soon.


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