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Wow, I’m happy I stumbled across this site. I have these very preliminary sketches of a logo for a truck decaling company. I wish I had a camera around so I could show more detailed ones. I just began putting the ideas into Illustrator yesterday. I’m just excited to see so many awesome sketches. Feel free to crit my stuff if you want, too. The helmet is still pretty crappy. vikingsketch1vikingsketch2logo1logo2logo4typedetaillogo3

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pink sketch

Working on some character development for a national client that I probably shouldn’t mention yet…

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Drats! I forgot about the grey background. Whoops.

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Meetings tend to bore me to death. So I sketch…

kang sketch

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It is very encouraging to see the overcoming spirit
that some typedesigners declare through their investigation
in the overcoming of the typography.
The search of the extrapolated personal overcoming
to the overcoming in the typography.
I like this way (type-do).
Thanks to all. Happy near year.
ODA

(sorry for my english)

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Randy, are you left handed?

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The Vikings didn’t have horns in their helmet. That’s just a myth :-)

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Sorry ‘bout the Custom watermark, but I’m paranoid. All those days in the Corps will do that to a guy…

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This afternoon students sketches…
http://perso.ensad.fr/~ensadtypo/travaux/cookerblack.html

from a subject built from the Erik van Blokland type cooker :-)

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JF, that “Cicero”, is it Silica? A very nice -and even more rare- font.

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Here’s a page from one of my books that was a TPC firstpage:



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Hrant, I believe it is, and you’re right — it is sadly uncommon.
The link to Silica.

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Silica! How very clear on the page — rather legible and lovely methinks.


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The best thing about Silica? No italics.
But it does have a fine gradation of weights, which allows the discerning typographer to implement a purer form of emphasis.

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Yes, Silica from the Stone foundry pdf. I showed it with Underware Sauna as two examples (angular and round) of Black faces for my students yesterday. Along my FF Angie Black as a semi serif.

hopefully, Rotis don’t have any Black weight to fit on the subject :-)

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The best thing about Silica? No italics

So why is Silica’s sloped roman any better than an italic counterpart?

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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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It doesn’t [even] have a sloped roman.

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On the pdf speciman I have downloaded it does. We are talking about Silica from Stone type foundry, yes?

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Mechanical, app-level.
http://www.stonetypefoundry.com/html_pages/SilicaFeatures.html

Purism is for Culligan.

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Not strictly “sketching” I guess, but something I
did last night during my final calligraphy class:

Ludovico

No guide lines used.

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No, not the letterforms, just the shading pattern.

Speaking of shading in the context of sketching type, Gerrit Noordzij discusses a kind of shading as a sketching technique on pages 51-52 of Letterletter:

The moving counterpoint is conveniently represented by zigzag shading which evokes the shape very quickly. Different levels of articulation are reached with different densities of shading. The effectiveness and speed of this method can persuade students to abandon drawing outlines, and only then can design start. The speed also encourages them to make the alternatives they would otherwise only talk about. So we got used to a practice of discussing design by quickly shading the subjects of the discussion.

I’ve experimented a little with this technique, and think it has a lot of value. Earlier this year, I watched Erik van Blokland sketch some letters in this way — he’s had a lot more practice at it than I have — and was impressed by the speed with which one got a sense of letter as a solid thing.

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But of course GN’s moving point/counterpoint is a direct violation of notan. By tying the two edges of the Black, you fail to fully control what really counts in perception: the boundary between Black and White. If we mean to take the needs of the reader seriously, and we carry the GN theory to its terminus, its only justification is in effect WRBWWRM — and we know that’s bollocks.

Any simulation of a tool (a broad-nib pen) that’s not actually used towards the given functionality (reading) is not Design, it’s Art. It’s a combination of insular self-expression and ideological lethargy. Any disciple of GN can make wonderful, usable fonts (in fact they would have an advantage in doing so, as so many Dutch designers have demonstrated). But he can never mark true cultural progress.

Do you prefer the deep ocean, or the fish market?

hhp