Serif type face lc

golfomat's picture

This is the lc of a typeface I design for my personal correspondence. I wanted to approach a mixture between classic and modern.
Please tell me where I could do some improvements.
(and there are some for sure, look at v,w,y,y,z(I was fighting with these))
My main aim was to have good counterforms.
Nothing further to say about it yet, expect I hope you'll like it.

Dominik

hrant's picture

There are some things I really like (such as the shy top of the "a"), but I have two big complaints:
- The strong head serifs are pulling the design counter-clockwise (which is not easy to counteract).
- The widths are inconsistent, like look at the "b" versus the "h".

Some specific suggestions:
- The "f" is too soft and big on top.
- The "g" is too mannered: tame the ear, and make the head smaller.
- The "k" is wonderful, although in the "too narrow" group.
- Put a notch in the ear of the "q".
- Tame the beak of the "r".
- Make the "t" stronger.
- I actually like the "v" et al.
- Open up the "x".
- The "z" is too blocky.

BTW, your vertical proportions are right on for use at small sizes (like 9 pt), and the darkish color matches that too. On the other hand, overall it's too narrow for small sizes.

hhp

golfomat's picture

Thanks for your Tips Hrant, they have been very useful. Sometimes somebody else has to open up your eyes.

I hope I understood everything in the right way.
I decided to change the head serifs for some smaller .
My problem still is the color of "v et al." , as you said, they appear as if they didn't belong to the typeface.

I was fighting hard with the g and decided fo a closed version, the other one (you don't see) with the opened tail was way too disturbing for text.

Generally I have to thank all who post here at typophile, since I have learned a lot from this thread yet.

I also found a nname for it now: "apena". It's senseless, but the word looks good if you set in apena.

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Dominik

hrant's picture

I think you went a bit too far making the head serifs smaller.
The new "f", "g" and "t" are very nice.

BTW, in Spanish "apenas" means "barely"...

hhp

aquatoad's picture

Hi Dominik,

This looks nice!
I don't think you went too far with the head serifs :-)

f: I think it wants the same kind of terminal as your y and r. (Though I'd choose beaks not ball terminals.) Also, it curves too abruptly. Look at the c for more of the flavor.

hmn: the h and n are too narrow. The m looks like 2 n's. keep the m, and widen the h and n.

r: The arm joins to high (same place as the n). Lower that down for better color. I'd also make it narrower. (and do a beak like the f)

s: I'd take a touch of weight out of the curves and put it into the spine.

vw: take in the serifs a bit. These letters cause spacing problems as it is. More serifs mean too much white space around the letter.

x: looks like he's just kicked a soccer ball. ie, the bottom right should extend below the baseline (too high now). Also, you are in the presence of an optical illusion:



Sliding the thins left and right does two things:
1. Fixes the optical illusion and makes them look like they're connected.
2. Helps the shape fit into a trapazoid:

You want the trapezoid shape so the letters don't feel like they are leaning, and are nicely balanced on the ground. Check your x,s,g,z

y: A little wider up top (left)

p: decide what you want. I'd put a serif on the left side of the decender too. Keep the form for the q.

Keep it up!
Randy

golfomat's picture

Thanks guys!

to hhp: could be worse than "barely", think of "pajero"...

to randy: a lot of stuff and very helpful. As soon as I checked those things you'll hear and see more.

Where does this optical illusion result from, or is it not explainable?


aquatoad's picture

Hi Dominik,

Here is another diagram that shows the optical illusion a little better:

Here is the nature of the optical illusion. The more acute the angle, the more adjustment is needed. A + would need no adjustment!

Does that answer it?
Randy

golfomat's picture

Hi Randy.

So it's a human fault. And this is what was meant by : "typedesign doesn't always follow mathematical correctness"(vaguely quoted). One of the sentences I could always accept but never really understood fully.

Still working on apena.

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Dominik

hrant's picture

Randy, nice.

hhp

golfomat's picture

I'm back again.

I had a long fight with the uppercase. I couldn't really decide about the proportion of these. I didn't like them to have same width all over (as far as this is possible). So I took a base rectangle and tried to construct them.

Further I changed the lc "s" again and made it a bit narrower. I didn't like the look of two wide "ss" standing next to each other. (An "ss" ligature comes to my mind right now, because if the "s" stands alone at the beginning it looks a bit small now)

Next thing I'll get done is the spacing. I played arround a bit and had some good results. (I used the summary in "Type & Typography").
But after changing some character widths I quickly used FOG's autop spacing and lost it all again.
The optical spacing feature in InDesign wasn't better though, the type seemed like "gesperrt" (I don't know the english term right now). I had to correct it by at least "-50" to get a good result.
So I hope I can provide a text setting soon.

These were my problems so far. Next on the list are the Itallics. guess I'll have a lot of fun with them, too.


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Dominik

apena serif

golfomat's picture

Finally I found time to complete the spacing and do the text setting, which you can see in the attached PDF.

After printing out some pages, on my cheap low-res home printer, I felt the color of the face was a little to dark for longer texts. What do you think.

I'm not a 100% sure about the Caps. Sometimes I think they're too high, sometimes I feel they're just right. I tried smaller ones but they also didn't satisfy me.

I awarwness of legal issues: The typeface resulted from my own sketches. "Nuri" didn't influence the design process and my ideas nor have seen it before ;-).

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Dominik



application/pdfapena serif
specimen.pdf (59.2 k)

golfomat's picture

Finally I found time to complete the spacing and do the text setting, which you can see in the attached PDF.

After printing out some pages, on my cheap low-res home printer, I felt the color of the face was a little to dark for longer texts. What do you think.

I'm not a 100% sure about the Caps. Sometimes I think they're too high, sometimes I feel they're just right. I tried smaller ones but they also didn't satisfy me.

In awareness of legal issues: The typeface resulted from my own sketches. "Nuri" didn't influence the design process and my ideas nor have seen it before ;-).

Servus

Dominik




59.2 K
specimen.pdf
"apena serif"

hrant's picture

Looking good! Your curves a bit wobbly though (like look at the "c" and the "G"). The ear of the "q" is too clotty. The "r" is too wide.

Weight: It is slightly dark, even for my tastes. But in any case don't trust low-end printers: they make small text totally different (and darker) than the "real" (imagesetter) output.

Spacing: A bit tight overall, but too irregular anyway. Look at "molor" on your second line for a benchmark of good spacing.

Cap size is fine - a bit big even. But the cap structures still need some work.

hhp

golfomat's picture

Thanks for your tips hrant.

I'm always astonished when I realize how obvious things are that I don't see by myself. But that's another topic.

The spacing issue: This was a first lousy effort now. Something deep inside me told me they're to tight. But then again, thinking of enconmical issues (which I should, with what I know, perhaps leave out right now) I wanted to have it tight, to be able to press as much text on one page as possible.

The relation lc/uc is 2/3. But I think due to the narrowness, as you claimed, I felt the smaller Caps I tried were way to small for Reading.

How do you normally fix those small bugs? I mean should there be some, do you always realize it or do they have to be pointed out by someone else?

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Dominik

hrant's picture

Well, Typophile is great for getting feedback. But another good way of seeing problems is to actually NOT look at the design for a while.

hhp

golfomat's picture

You're second tip is very practical. I've reached one month now.

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Dominik

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