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Like some other recent critique posts, this font was created for Amy Conger's class at City College of San Francisco. It lacks any adjustment to the vertical and horizontal strokes to make the weights appear balanced. It is not kerned, and the widths of the letters are not adjusted systematically. The font is not adjusted for ink trapping, so on most output devices the a, b, d, g look thick.

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On first glance, many of the curves look bumpy and the stroke weights are inconsistent. Look at the m and n for example.
Clean curves are very important in particular for a geometric sans like yours. Take some time and learn to make clean curves keeping BCPs perpendicular and their handles of even length. Then come back to your glyphs and give them a new workout. Type is about rhythm.

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Thanks for the input. I think I need to learn how to keep track of where the BCPs are and why. Probably, the trick is to make sure that curves vary in consistant ways throughout the font.

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You can use universal guides to mark BCP points or just copy and paste curve segments from one glyph to the next. You can also mirror and rotate quadrants of a curved glyph to get the remaining part of it.

ChrisL

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Here is a diagram:

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