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Matt V's picture
Joined: 19 Feb 2008 - 4:53pm
I'm new to this! Rounded sans-serif.

Hey all,

I'm a graphic designer and decided to try my hand at producing a font. I know pretty much nothing about how the whole process works, but would still like your critiques on where I'm at so far! Tell me what you think... any tips would be greatly appriciated.


P.S. I know the "S" and "Z" need some work... they're still a bit choppy.

Claus Eggers Sørensen's picture
Joined: 17 Jan 2007 - 5:49am

Fun little starter project you have there. A few tips: Where the circle sections meet the straight section, you should make the connection softer. Secondly: It seems that you have simply outlined a stroked path in Illustrator to create the letterforms. In this case stretch the letterforms vertically up by 10-15% before you outline the stroke, and then scale back down after outlining. That way you adjust for the optical illusion that horizontals look beefier than verticals. And yes, the S and Z are atrocious.

Patch Hofweber's picture
Joined: 27 Jan 2008 - 3:04pm

elegant Q.

Matt Chisholm's picture
Joined: 22 Feb 2007 - 1:24am

The Q is great. I also like N, T, V, J, and the overall feel.

You're right, the S and Z need work. Don't make the middle part of the S and Z go completely horizontal -- use a bigger radius on the inner part of the curves, and have them meet diagonally.

I'd bring the middle of the Y, P and R down, and the middle of the B and K up.

The C, E, and F are too narrow. Either widen them, or experiment with more variation in character widths across the entire alphabet.