minimalstile

Áron Jancsó's picture

Hi,
I'm new here. And this is my first try at creating a text type. I really appreciate some help.

This is what i got now, a single weight version with almost all characters I need.

The concept:
minimálstíle CE is a typeface designed to replace Helvetica in certain situations.
I like Helvetica and Eurostile a lot, so these and my handwriting were the foundations for my design process. I always tried to optimize my handwriting, less lines if possible, no 180° turn backs, just easy curves. The result was the single line b, d, n, p, q, and r. I love the squareness of Eurostile and it even makes it easier to chop off the "unnecessary" parts. I observed Helvetica, because its still the best designed typeface. The horizontal cutting is one of my favorite features, so I decided to design my font the same way.

acnapyx's picture

Well, minimalistic it is. But distinguishing uppercase I from 1 or lowercase l seems problematic to me. And the descender of lowercase g seems slightly unbalanced. Same goes for lowercase s, I guess. But I'm not an expert, so maybe it's just me. Possibly you should wait for real professionals to provide more constructive critique.

cerulean's picture

It looks well-conceived. Some of the curves appear to need some attention for weight; for instance, n, f, and 6 have heavy lumps in the upper left, and a is rather light on the very bottom. It's hard to judge easily just by looking at the raster image, of course.

Áron Jancsó's picture

thanks for the comments and pointing out some stuff! it's really helpful. i'm working on it.

Áron Jancsó's picture

a little update with new lowercase a and g.

Supercat's picture

I'm very new to world of type, but I too love Helvetica, Eurostile, and minimalism in general. I feel that you have a great concept and I'd be tempted to try this font out in place of Helvetica. Like I said before I'm new to type design, but I find your work here to be very strong and would like to see it in the outside world. Keep it up.

acnapyx's picture

Personal opinion: the second version would make a wonderful display face itself, so IMHO you should develop these 'more-minimalistic' features to the full set of glyphs. It does not solve the insignificant problems in the original, but takes quite different - and way more interesting - direction. And do not take semi-amateur comments (like mine) that seriously; the last word on the design should be yours - and yours alone.

Áron Jancsó's picture

thank you for the comments!
i'll think about the display version.

the text version is in .ttf format now. its not public, but i can send it if someone would like to test it. has full CE character set plus some more, kerning is not finished and there are some other little things to polish.
but anyway its working! so just drop me a line and i send the font!

here are some recent tests:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2998573758/
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2986059130/

hrant's picture

How is this doing?

hhp

Áron Jancsó's picture

i have a somewhat kerned basic .ttf of this but never really finished it. maybe sometime... if i have time and interest i make a family out of this, cos i still like it. learned a lot during the last year so i gonna redesign some glyphs too.

dojr2's picture

IMVHO, this looks interesting and you should use the first example as a text font, the second one as a display.

Gary Lonergan's picture

the very unusual lower case g needs I think to be perfectly symetrical
i.e. the lower bowl not slightly to the right

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