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OK, so I've been lazy with the new redraw of my typeface 'Magnitude'. I started the redraw by creating each character as a single outline in Illustrator, with the intention of outlining the paths, resizing and tweaking later, once a base character set had been drawn.
'Magnitude' Typophile critique thread here: http://typophile.com/node/31634
I started the outlining and resizing and noticed a flaw with my technique. When I resize each different weight the x-/cap/ascender/descender height changes, depending on whether I resize according to x- or cap height. The PDF attached kind of illustrates the point.
What I wanted to know was...
1. Is there a preferred method for resizing a typeface designed in this way, or is it just not recommended to do it with this technique?
2. Is it better to design a regular weight and then completely draw from scratch a light and bold weight (or start with a light then do regular and bold)? Are there any standard techniques for up and downscaling type weights?
3. I've noticed some typefaces where each different weight has different x-height and overshoot. Do you think these should be the same throughout a font family or should they vary between weight?
4. Even in a monoline typeface, it it advisable to have at least a small difference in thickness between horizontal and vertical stems? I've had conflicting viewpoints on this one so far. If it's advisable, home much less (as a percentage) should the horizontals be to be optically the same width as the verticals?