Hail Bubble Type

haildesign's picture


Here's another one (if the link works) I am not sure about the upper case B and a few other letters, but like the way the lower case is shaping up - it works really well in a tight configuration. Check out the examples designed for Coke - but not enacted yet.

Any feedback appreciated.


phil_garnham's picture

I like it.
Gusto by Rian Hughes is pretty similar.


haildesign's picture

Yeah it's one of those fonts that is similar to heaps of fonts yet subtly different. I am having difficulty with the Lowercase S, the numbers and the upper case B. I thought that if the B had even curves it would not fit the rest of the face, but could be wrong.

cerulean's picture

The xheight-restricted h is indistinguishable from an n, but the rest of it works remarkably well.

Maybe try something like this for the B?

haildesign's picture

Thanks Cerulean. It maybe looks a bit harsh with the rest of the face, but I see where you going. It's exactly the same trouble I was having with the B - I'll keep working. Thanks for your notes on the lower case h definitely something I overlooked.


James Arboghast's picture

Another existing font, very similar, is Jess Latham's Roller Baby

The xheight-restricted h is indistinguishable from an n [...] Maybe try something like this for the B?

Yep. Jason with a stroke this fat the most practical structural solutions point to a unicase scheme. Capital H form is the obvious and easiest solution for "h". Suggest making both "i" and "I" capital form with serif/bar top & bottom. "d" and "b" have legibility problems, and make "D" and "B" more attractive, practical forms.

Guessing: the counterless glyphs, you left the counters out to maintain consistent stroke width? A lot of successful ultra-bold fonts break that rule, the best example springing to mind is Gill Sans ultra bold. Check out the "a", "g" and "e" in that font. Those letters violate the font's stroke width rule, but nobody complains, and it's one of the most popular ultra-bolds around.

In short---it's okay to cheat. In fact cheating is neccessary, practically all successful type designers cheat, and a lot of well-known fonts would not be possible without cheats in their construction. The E in Mark Simmonson's Mostra, and just about every ultra bold font. Think of cheating as a form of exaggeration.

This has potential. I recommend steering it further from Roller Baby, as it's rather close.

j a m e s

haildesign's picture

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your feedback. I quite like the lower case letters, and want to steer away from a bar on the top/bottom of the "I". I like how the face shows just enough to make out letters (and words), its what gives the typeface it's feel. I have revised the face a little and included alternative letters. Any comments would be appreciated. There are obviously similarities between others similar faces - because the style of the stroke only allows certain ways for the letters to be constructed.
Cheers Jason.

cerulean's picture

Your 5 is confusing; it could be a 3 or an 8. I don't think it should pinch closed. I suggest terminating it at 45 degrees like the C. Consider this for the 2 also.

You should probably just scale down your @ to the size of a letter because that's the way everyone will want to use it.

lillo's picture


Syndicate content Syndicate content