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Andy Clymer's picture
Joined: 9 Jun 2002 - 11:00am
Stencil Fraktur

Hello all —

My name is Andy and I’m currently a graphic design student at San Diego State University. I’m a big fan of the typophile critique discussion group and have been looking forward to posting a typeface of my own design for critique.

I’m a little bit eager to get some feedback on a face I’m currently working on, so I’m posting the completed lowercase set before moving on to finishing up the bits and pieces of uppercase and figures that I’ve started. Please let me know what you all think.

When I started out this typeface, my intention was to create a simplified blackletter typeface that is able to be stenciled. As you can see I have definately digressed from this original plan but it still hints to its calligraphic roots.


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Andy Clymer's picture
Joined: 9 Jun 2002 - 11:00am

I forgot to mention one thing. I’ve included both regular and roudned versions. I think the rounded version is a little easier on the eyes. Let me know what you think

Stephen Coles's picture
Joined: 14 May 2001 - 11:00am

Miles Newlyn’s Sabbath Black immediately comes to mind.
Yours is more distressed and uses simpler forms and I
think that works well. Yes, the rounded edges are more
appropriate for the theme, which I think of more as
stamped and worn rather than stenciled.

The ‘u’ and ‘v’ could use some more differentiation.
Note how Newlin adds a flourish to his ‘v’ and a foot
on the ‘u’ to make them distinguishable forms.

Overall it’s pretty cool and I can see it used in a variety
of ways — both with the classic history in mind and in
more grunge/punk DIY pieces.


Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

> I’m posting the completed lowercase set before

Good idea — caps are secondary anyway — numerals tertiary.

First of all, the rounded form isn’t just “easier on the eyes”, it seems much more authentic too. So that’s what I’m looking at. What I see is that it works quite well, I’m just unsure about the “downhill”s on the “f” and “t”. And I agree with Stephen that there’s a problem with the “u”/”v”. What really needs the most work though are the “s” and “z”. BTW, I think you forgot the smooth the tail of the “j”.


Anouk Pennel's picture
Joined: 13 Feb 2003 - 12:20pm


I’m sorry but I mostly desagry with precedent post.
I really like the idea, but what interest me in your font is the reinterpretation of historical reference, adapt to a more modern aesthetic.

It’s the reason why I prefer the first version, more geometrical. The result is more unique, less revival, more inspired.
I don’t like the round vervion, it’s make no sens for me.

I am personnaly a fan of stencil font and I think you should go further that way.
To do so, you could try to regulate the space between part of the same glyph. For example, the

seanmichael's picture
Joined: 16 Dec 2002 - 11:00am

Andy, I think this is really sweet. And I, unlike
Anouk, love the Rounded version. I think that, your historical inspiration aside, the Rounded is more true to the finished result of what this is

ole sørensen's picture
Joined: 10 May 2005 - 3:19am

Hi Andy. I think this project would be worth finishing, I like the second/less angular
version best. u and v are a bit to close in form, s and z could use a little closing up.
Are you doing any caps? How about a unicase instead of caps?