New Font Critique

klmattes's picture

Hi I'm designing a typeface for a graduate class based on inspiration from a gravestone. Any feedback you can provide would be appreciated. Its called Chocolate Script

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Eric_West's picture

Do you have pics of your source material to show?

klmattes's picture

sure, its attached on the first post. our actual font is supposed to be completely unique but we could use something such as a serif design from our inspiration font to repeat. and our final result doesn't necessarily have to be for a gravestone, it can be for anything.

Eric_West's picture

Welcome Kristin,

I think there is some really nice stuff going on here, and you said it could be for anything, correct? I think with what you have, as I was told when I first joined this community, is to find a purpose for it. Something I am still trying to grasp as well is how function, form and style cohabitate. Finding a function should be your next step. IMHO, it's hard to crit/judge the appropriateness of something without context.

p.s. - Where are you in grad school?

klmattes's picture

I'm at Savannah College of Art and Design. I think my purpose would be more decorative..headlines and such, definately not for long pages of text.

Eric_West's picture

Ok, so it's for display. I just sense that you really need a specific purpose. Maybe late in the game. How much longer do you have? You can do it. I did my senior project with a window of 10 mo's and restarted at month 7, and it was a text face.

I know it's a tough question when it's all hypothetical. I do like some of the things going on, but a bit of it seems a little too arbitrary. But, once again I think if you nail down what it would be used for, some of those issues would be evident, and a solution more clear.

Your M for example. The swash coming off the second peak seems, well, is, an unnatural occurence in handwriting, specifically scripts, which are the orgins of the swash. From what I've learned, a successfull type, text or display, must appear 'natural' in the sense that you don't second guess a letter while reading. That doesn't negate the creative aspects, but it should take into consideration historical precedents. There's not alot of room in good type design for post-modernism.

Eric_West's picture

u still here?

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