Ultra-wide squarish black DISPLAY typeface

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A. Szabolcs Sz.'s picture
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Ultra-wide squarish black DISPLAY typeface
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I'm not sure whether I should be posting this here (Critique) or in the "Design" section.

So, this is a very rough vector scetch of three letters of a face I have dreamed up.
It's supposed to be an ultra-extended, demibold (bold? black? <-tell me how you feel it is), slightly squareish (rectanglish, actually) DISPLAY typeface on the lines of what I have sketched, though the idea would be to make it much less edgy/rough. (I just could not care about the right bezier tangents when drawing this up at work while I should have been doing something else).

An other idea is that due to it's ultra-extendedness (which is equivalent to vertical compression) the layered letters (i.e. those which have a vertical structuring within the x-height: a,g,x,e, &c.) will have to leave the x-height (as you can see in the case of the 'a' or be cropped, but in a way, which would not decrease legibility (as you can see it in the case of 'g').

For the letters e and f (and some others) I'd plan alternates: for the e one that sits on the basline and has the loop in the ascender height, and one which has the loop on the x-height and the lower arc in the descender; similarly for the f.

My question is: do you like the idea? Is this font worth pursuing? Is there _any_ use or any market for such a display typeface?

Szabolcs

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Anyone?

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I think I speak for everyone when I say that it's quite difficult to respond to your many in-depth questions given how little developed the typeface is right now. The image you've shown is very crude and it's very hard to imagine what this typeface would look like in the end. There are needs for almost any type of face, but I would go ahead and rough this out much further before presenting it for such specific critique.

Best of luck.