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Joseph Spicer's picture
Joined: 26 Jul 2005 - 5:11pm
Decorative Serifs

I've recently started working on a new serif font, which doesn't have a name yet. This began as an experiment with Serifs of a kind I've never done before, and this came out of it:

These first few letters I did worked out well enough that I decided to keep going and produced some more:

At this point, I think I'm starting to have problems with weight not matching up, but I went ahead and put together some more:

I haven't done any lowercase yet. I'm playing with just using small caps, but the ones I have at the moment are just scaled versions of the capitals and will need to be redrawn eventually:

So my question is this: Are there any glaring problems you see, and what suggestions might you have?

Bram Pitoyo's picture
Joined: 23 May 2006 - 2:18pm

Quirky. Delicate. Love it.

The bowl reminded me of TextDrive's wordmark.

I'm not sure if the upper beaks are in their best condition when faced inward, though, particularly in G.

Are the glyphs aligned properly? C, G, O, Q S and U should dip, while the down strokes in N, V and W should move up. Basic, right?

O and Q looked not quite at home in the face. Increase the pen angle, maybe? H might also be too wide, but it's a matter of personal taste.

Dr Wouter Soudan's picture
Joined: 12 Sep 2006 - 8:01am

Nice shapes! However:

- the V is too fat;
- the thin stems of A, N and Δ are slightly too heavy;
- the pointed below of the N extends a bit too far below the base line;
- try to straighten the inner contour of the thick stem in the bowls of B, P and R (i.e. no backeted serif at the right); this doesn't need to be done elsewhere (e.g. in D), because there is enough white space around;
- the same goes for the inner serifs of W;
- make the bowl of G bigger so that the upper serif optically matches the width of the character in the lower half;
- compensate for ink squash / blackness in the joint of the Q tail with the bowl;
- the curled, tilde shaped cross bar of E and F is somwhat disturbing; if you want to keep that feature, make sure this matches the cross bars in Ð, Θ and ł.

Bram Pitoyo's picture
Joined: 23 May 2006 - 2:18pm

It's official, my mind can't think of details and delicate features after midnight :)

Alessandro Segalini's picture
Joined: 5 Oct 2005 - 5:14pm