Does this count? Might not have the spunk, but shares the ear of the 't', and serif of the
Kris, I think yours may have the most in common with the typeface as designed. To my eyeIt really really fits. On the other hand the join between the bowls is quite sparkley. I think if you wanted the g to be set in long texts the join might be better off in the form of the arm of the 'r'. I don't think Matrix is really a long text sort of face myself though... so it's a matter of intent. What do you think?
Cheers Eben! I just fiddled for a few minutes till it 'looked right'. I wouldn't be able to tell at all how effective and appropriate it is until Isaw it in extended text. Like you I am not a huge fan of Matrix. But this throws up two things:
1) I find that if I don't initially like something that, on good authority, is supposed to be good then I end up liking it through repeated exposure and time. Especially with music, when it immediately appeals to me it has severely limited longevity.
2) I think I remember Hrant saying something about text faces having to have an inherent 'ugliness' to them in order to remain effective at smaller sizes. I think there is some truth to this, and Matrix to me is rather ugly. But only large, which doesn't really count. I used to be repulsed by Antique Olive as well, but now I love it!
How bout that for a rave?
I think the best one is Kris's g. It plays so well along with the space, the other letters and the style. I like Eben's last slashy g as a good display alternate.
All the other ones are good attempts, this is a nice excersie, How did I lost it so long?
What's the next glyph?
Nice one, Kris. I like yours, too.
A lot of good stuff - I'll try to catch up for real tomorrow.
But if a second challenge is desired, there's always my post
of "2005-08-25 22:34" concerning a certain infamous "d"...
Yet another one might be the lc "f" in the original metal Sabon
Italic - one of the worst glyphs ever made in any parallel universe.
And then there's the "a" and "r" in Stone, with their sickly, cloying
terminals. Those deserve a public flogging with a looong composing stick.
Or somebody can suggest something else.
I have another one:
The “d” in Perpetua.
But it would be too easy making it totally mainstream, so what would be cool is if it were made to keep some level of idiosyncracy.
Here my Perpetua d
Anybody can move on whenever of course, but I'm wondering:
Should we call the Matrix "g" challenge complete as an exercise, or should we polish the best candidate to a finished state, and maybe even end up with a public "font" with just that glyph in it for owners of Matrix to sub in as desired?
> my Perpetua d
Hey, that's a nice surprise!
I would never have thought of that.
>Should we call the Matrix “g” challenge complete as an exercise, or should we polish the best candidate to a finished state, and maybe even end up with a public “font” with just that glyph in it for owners of Matrix to sub in as desired?
Are we ready to choose the best candidate? If so, which one is the best one? Finally, who will choose?
i love alternates! (does there need to be a best one?)
Well, somebody might say "I think this is the best one", and then we can see who agrees/objects, and then the person with that design might become encouraged enough to finish it, and maybe even put out a one-glyph font. BTW, there's really no reason to limit it to one choice. The only thing I personally think people should mind would be to draw the glyph from scratch and not cannibalize contours from the original.
Personally, I think Kris's is the best so far (considering it fits so well with the rest of the font). The main thing I would change is make the connection between the top bowl and the join a bit thicker.
Good topic Hrant mate, almost 1000 reads! People are into it.
-> The main thing I would change is make the connection between the top bowl and the join a bit thicker.
I don't see anything fundamentally wrong with the Perpetua 'd'. I was rather obsessed with the idea for a while. What about changing other glyphs to match, like the 'a'?
> People are into it.
I think about half -Les Grandes Artistes de Notre Ere- are frothing and
fuming though... :-/ It's a good thing anonymous posting is off now.
> Like this?
I'd just make the right side of the link totally vertical.
BTW, that ear is genial - I would've never thought of it.
I was going to suggest that you loosen the right sidebearing, but then I realized another dimension to this: ideally we want any replacement glyph to be uniwidth with the original. Can you work with that?
> I don’t see anything fundamentally wrong with the Perpetua ‘d’.
Well, chirographers hate it. But of course that is -or at least should be- moot. I however do have a problem with it myself: I think it causes a too-prominent spike in texture. I've actually caught myself stumbling on it during reading. On the other hand, it's certainly an "inspiring" glyph, and has played a role in Patria's "d".
> What about changing other glyphs to match, like the ‘a’?
Heyyyy, now that's an idea. That might result in: a more display-like cut; or actually making the "d" no longer ruin the texture! Go with it man.
Kris, I just looked at the latest g & I have to say it feels absolutely authoritative. The nice thing about this project is it made me look at the forms in new interestying ways. I am all for another charcter/canididate. I would just assumne somebody else pick it. I am up to my eyeballs in pre-winter ready-making.
> I think about half -Les Grandes Artistes de Note Ere- are frothing and
What is a 'Note Ere'? As in 'Not here'? That may be a little too grand. Thats alot of folks to have an interest - let alone a negative one.
I agree about the sidebearing.
BTW Kris, your terminal isn't exactly like it should be. If you look at the "s" you'll see it's more like an isoceles triangle pushed into the end of a curve. Yours I actually like better, but it's out of character.
> What is a ‘Note Ere’?
I'd missed an "r" - sorry - fixed. Meaning: "our era".
Kris, speaking of the Perpetua 'd' and your efforts to bring the effect through a typeface, over on build, Frank Blokland posted this, which does what you were attempting. It is worked out with admirable consistency, but my first impression is that the whole thing really doesn't work. What do you think?
It worked for Storm ....
>It worked for Storm
Thanks for the link. Yes, I like his effort much better. His idea of the slight bifurcation in the terminal of the stems makes it work better. But I suspect those serifs are too skinny to work well in text.
Wow, Antares! That is the sort of thing that I was trying to work out with this (the first two images). It has evolved somewhat, but not to the degree of Antares. Thanks for putting that up William. I was totally unawares.
I think the problem with the a is not so much the bottom but the top. Here a suggestion for the a and the Perpetua d
you're the referee of this one, it seems.
Only the catalyst, always.
Go ahead, propose a challenge!
Maybe a new thread would be better. Paul - you decide since you a have been nominated.
Game over of which one : Matrix, Perpetua?
As suggested by Eben, I'd start a new thread, keep the same name Freestyle Remix Challenge and adding the typeface and the glyph for this challenge. For instance :Freestyle Remix Challenge - Matrix g.
That to avoid to have two challenge in the same thread.
how 'bout if we make this a special interest group if this is going to be an ongoing thing?
OK, What’s the next challenge?
Oups! I did not see the Special Interest Group was already in use.
ok, hrant, give us a new challenge here.
OK, here you go:http://typophile.com/node/15175
Maybe less clear-cut, and more restrictive, but hopefully a worthwhile challenge.