Vasarely Light

fatchair's picture


This is the first typeface I've designed since I found this forum so I thought I'd get your opinions before I release it.

I haven't sorted out kerning yet and it needs a little more work but the bare bones are there. I plan to have 4 weights and matching italics/obliques.

Alan Rimmer

vasarelylight.swf (11 k)

fatchair's picture

I think this got lost in the redesign - either that or it's unspeakably terrible!

Any input would be much appreciated!

Alan Rimmer

bencravy's picture

I really like it - personally. I think it works great for headline - and obviously as body copy too. I think it is quite sexy - love those little lilting upswings (very technical terms there) on the tops of the lowercase letters. I kinda wish a bit o' that was incorporated into the caps - but then I don't know if it would be too much. It might be well balanced already.

Overall - fantastic - I'd totally use it. It's not abnoxious at all.

I won't comment on kerning or any other technicalities - just from visual appeal.

Isaac's picture

it's got a great stencil feel to it, without being too informal/stencily.
i don't think the caps need the flourishes at all. it would be too distracting.
on the other hand, if there were alternates for drop caps, etc., that's a
different story.i dig the stroke intersections w/the soft brackets, if they
can be called that. pretty cool stuff.

am i the only one who sees the W as... well, think fifties pin-up poster.

fatchair's picture

Thanks for your comments - I presume you're referring to the top of the 'a', '2', '3' etc when you say 'upswing'? I did start with that applied elsewhere but thought it affected the legibilty of the face too much - I really wanted to design the typeface as a very 'usable' one (if it's at all possible!)

I'm happy with the soft brackets but unfortunately when I've tried making the heavier weights this has been a problem as they look terrible with the wider brackets and really need thinner intersections. I think I may have to drop the heavier weights and maybe stick to to just two weights. Any ideas how to get around this problem?

fatchair's picture

Just to let you know that that this typeface is finished and now available over at myfonts. I've changed the name to 'Venkmann' - Vasarely just didn't seem appropriate.

I stuck with the 2 weights (and italics) although I may do the others if I feel like it (and there's a demand).

...and I can't believe I first posted it here over a year ago!

hepburn's picture

ALAN, I think Thatcher would be proud of you, long live the iron lady.

hepburn's picture

Yo yo yo dis is d po-lice, put ur hands up-yeh1hi alan

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