Introducing Candyland - my first font

ill sans's picture

Hi guys!

The past week I've been working on my very first font made from scratch. What started off as 10 custom letters for an illustration I was working on quickly became a 3-piece fontset (so far) including all possible accents I could find & a complete DIY-construction dingbat. I'm still working on everything, but since I won't be having any time the next few days, I thought It'd be a good time to post it here for some professional comments & advice. Please be gentle though seeing as this is my first time & I don't have any typographic background. I'm just a simple admirer whose real roots lie in illustration.
I've tried to make a handwritten font with a monotype attitude. It's not a real monotype, but all characters are based on the same lines & I've made sure that the "baseline curves" are always vertically aligned so you won't get a messy "scale effect". Having put aesthetics before comfort, this adds a little to its legibility, but it's still not the kind of font you'd want to use for more than a paragraph. The dingbat follows the same thread as to be beeing semi-monotype & interacts perfectly with the typeface. I'm still working on some more plants, hills & critters to enable the user to create his very own "candyland" of sweet flavoured things.
A full character map might follow some day, but in the meantime requests & suggestions will be kindly appreciated ;-)
Hope you all like it!

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rs_donsata's picture

Looks great, only the n gets confused with an m.


ill sans's picture

Some letters really might induce confusion -I know, especially the lowercase w followed by u might require a second look, but those are actually the letters I based on my own handwriting (m, n, v & w). I tried to use as little stems as possible to add to the fluent & elementary handwriting feel of the font.

hrant's picture

This type of thing has become popular, so sales prospects are probably
better than average. And the pi stuff is a very cute and useful touch.

Just one suggestion: do consider a slanted version.


Goran Soderstrom's picture

I like it! Cute, I would say.

But, I would definately take away (or at least think twice about it) one of the upgoing bowls (is it called that?) on both n and m - so that the n only has one upgoing, and the m two. It looks like the n is the m now, and the m is some non-existing letter consisting of two n's.
Like... “Camdylamd” ;-)

Very cute dingbats aswell.

ill sans's picture

Actually, the m was the first letter I made ;-)
I've kind of grown fond of its handwritten look & although I hàve considered taking a bowl off of the m & n for legibility, I just didn't have the heart to change them.
I have also considered an italic version, but that would screw up the entire "baseline wave" & is probably way too advanced for me.
I might do a bolder outline version (with the current strokes in white centered in thicker black strokes to obtain 3 equally thick optical strokes).
I have no intentions of putting this up for sale, but it's nice to have options ;-)
Besides, I also included a simplified version of Tim Biskup's ( "helper" & San Rio's "hello kitty" (which -with a slight alteration in the second word- makes a fun combination with the turd in the 3rd row ;-p ) for personnal use. I'll try to contact them both to make sure they don't object to this (I'll leave out the turd part though).

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Have you also tried making the first upgoing stroke (which is not part of the letter really but more a movement of the "pen") a little bit closer to the following stroke than rest of the letter?

This will probably make it more legible, but still keep the concept.

ill sans's picture

No, I hadn't even thought about that, but I wanted to make the letterjoints the same curve as the letters themselves so if you type a shorter letter on a different line at the same height, the curves will still be vertically aligned. If I'd make the joints shorter, I would either have to make a real monotype font òr settle for a scale-like effect.
Might be nice for a more legible alternative though (one in which I could make a regularly stemmed m & n as well ;-) ).
I haven't had much time to work on it the past few days (just a few extra dingbats), but I have been thinking about adding less decorative caps as well that I could also use in a segment (which doesn't look good & not at all legible now).
Don't know how far I really want to take this since I originally only wanted to make 10 custom letters, but there's still lots of things I can experiment with.

Lex Kominek's picture

I'm reading the 's' as an 'r'. Not sure if anyone else sees that, or if it's just me.

- Lex

Datura513's picture

Certainly cute. A little hard to read but I can see a company like Sanrio using it for their logotype.

ill sans's picture

I'm updating Candyland with a new font & a whole bunch of extra characters. Check out the preview!

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