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.
Working on some character development for a national client that I probably shouldn’t mention yet…
Drats! I forgot about the grey background. Whoops.
Meetings tend to bore me to death. So I sketch…
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)
Randy, are you left handed?
The Vikings didn’t have horns in their helmet. That’s just a myth
Sorry ‘bout the Custom watermark, but I’m paranoid. All those days in the Corps will do that to a guy…
Erik van Blokland’s sketches.
This afternoon students sketches… http://perso.ensad.fr/~ensadtypo/travaux/cookerblack.html from a subject built from the Erik van Blokland type cooker :-)
JF, that “Cicero”, is it Silica? A very nice -and even more rare- font. hhp
Here’s a page from one of my books that was a TPC ﬁrstpage:
Hrant, I believe it is, and you’re right — it is sadly uncommon. The link to Silica.
Silica! How very clear on the page — rather legible and lovely methinks. kris
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. hhp
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 :-)
The best thing about Silica? No italics So why is Silica’s sloped roman any better than an italic counterpart? kris
It doesn’t [even] have a sloped roman. hhp
On the pdf speciman I have downloaded it does. We are talking about Silica from Stone type foundry, yes? kris
Mechanical, app-level. http://www.stonetypefoundry.com/html_pages/SilicaFeatures.html Purism is for Culligan. hhp
Not strictly “sketching” I guess, but something I did last night during my ﬁnal calligraphy class: No guide lines used. hhp
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.
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