So.. I’m in Will’s class and here is my typeface, Nostalgia. A typeface aﬀectted by storytelling and time. Any suggestions? Do any characters not ﬁt with the rest of the set? Thanks! Jessie
This is really a very nice direction. hhp
Will’s font is in the thread “HEY what is this?” you should check it out. I will set some words and post, thank you for the suggestions.
Jessica, it seems a beautiful unconscious amalgam between Adobe’s Duc De Berry (i9n the Type Before Gutemperg) series, Oscillator (or one of its brothers) from T-26 and Tralfalmadore by Fred Nader, with an overall feeling of cuteness. The most odd mix which has come to my mind to date. My only advice: give it a strong geometrical construction after you’ve designed it freehand and you’ll have a masterpiece (of course if you don’t like basic geometry it’s a useless idea).
> give it a strong geometrical construction Are you serious? That would completely ruin it! And I do love Geometry — but it has to be used for more than its own sake. hhp
I agree with Jared’s comment about the positioning of the ‘bubble’. It’s lovely when it bulges inside a bowl, but when it disturbs the outer form of the letter it is too destructive. The J is a particular problem in this regard: the bubble really interrupts the form of the letter. You could ﬁx this letter by shifting the bubble so that the outer curve of the J is maintain, as you have for B, D, etc. I would consider leaving the bubble oﬀ the X and Z altogether, and instead give these letters treatment similar to Y. The top of Z could be treated like E and F. There doesn’t seem to be any logic to where you are using the double-stroke.
>Are you serious? It would just be my approach. Geometry could have various degrees of complexity. Just look at the wonderful use Miles does of basic geometry without sacriﬁcing spontaneity. A good piece of my research is centered around this. And the approach depends entirely on where Jessica wishes to head. I agree with Jared & John’s observations, anyway.
Just to let you know what popped into my mind…Surely an awkward mix, but maybe Jessica could get some further inspiration…
nice shapes, jessica. i agree with cladio about making it more geometric (nice references!). i think that it would help you making more “logical” shapes too, as john commented. btw, is this a unicase font? imho, this should be only caps… i think b and d are not ﬁtting with others characters.
here is what i’ve been working on… i’ve changed some of the characters slightly, but now that i have read some of you comments i’m going to try some other things with X, Z and such. yes, it is a unicase font, if i enlarge the bowl in the b & d will it help?? also, i wanted your opinion on the period and comma? diamond or use circles like on the terminals on the letters? thanks! jessica
also… thanks for the samples… i can see the mix… i did make all of the bubbles the exact same size time, maybe geometry sneaking in!
here is what i’ve been working on… does the Z, J, & X better?? thanks. jessie
I would keep the “x-height” consistent. This makes a typeface solid, even if you use ascenders and descenders in an all-caps design. So I would do the b, h and d bowls, the i and j height (dot exluded) and the t crossbar, at the same caps height of the other letters. The ascenders of course will exceed the caps height. Also, I would keep a certain consistency of the terminals. Tha A is very nice and balanced. Keep it as a basis and use the A’s bolder terminal to make the other terminals behave like it (quite like you did in W). The inconsistency is more evident in letters like the new F. The old F and G were better. T and Y are very good and balanced indeed. Shorten also the L horizontal stroke and keep the “ascender” part the same you will do with b, d etc. I think stroke consistency will help, no matter if the approach is more calligraphic or more geometric.
Keep the punctuation “rhomboid” if you want my opinion, instead of rounded.
here is my revamped typeface after taking on some of your suggestions and some personal changes… jessica
This is really nice. Put bubbles in the punctuation too. hhp
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This feels really unique, Jessica. Nice work. Can you set a few words and post a sample? The “bubble” (if you will) works nicely when it’s inside the bowl (ie. B,C,D) but feels awkward when outside (ie. J, X, Z) Would love to see more!