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Hi all, I’ve just found out about this place through looking for some type critism. The standard of type design here is incredible and makes me feel very humble.


I’ve been working on a face for a couple of weeks, on and off. I wanted to produce a graffiti style display font. It started out as graffiti style handwriting which I scanned but became more disciplined as problem and inconsistancies started to emerge. As I began to place the letters side by side, they didn’t fit together, so the overall style gradually became more uniform. Any critisms are appreciated.
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Hi, Frank!

I suppose you are keeping the spacing tight to maintain the feeling that one is looking at graffiti, right?

I like the curve of the “Y”…

And that’s an interesting “E”! But I don’t think I know enough to say whether you should keep it the way it is or modify it a bit… basically, you might want to open up the counter spaces just a wee bit. Same goes for the top of “C” and “G”… those parts will tend to “clog up” at smaller sizes…

Anybody else have an opinion on this?

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Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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This is very “animalistic” — I like it.
Reminds me of some Excoffon stuff.
It’s crying out for a heavy dose of optional alternates.

hhp

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Thanks for the comments guys. Ricardo, yes I wanted the look of graffiti for my typeface so I kept the spacing tight on the example, although I haven’t properly grappled with spacing yet. I understand the ‘E’ is different from the other letters in some ways, but I liked the aggressive look it had and decided to keep it. I will try and open up the counter spaces on the ‘E’, ‘C’ and ‘G’. These were some of the toughest letters for me and I came up with many versions.

Hrant, I looked up Excoffon as I wasn’t familiar with his name, but I’m certainly familiar with his work. I can see quite a few similarities with his ‘Banco’ typeface, thanks.

I’m not very clued up on the technical terms yet, by ‘optional alternates’, do you mean making for example 3 styles of the letter ‘E’? I might have this totally wrong, please bear with me.

Cheers guys.

Frank

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Joined: 25 May 2004 - 11:00am
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Hey Frank

I just wanted to let you know that I really dig that E. It’s real vibrant and alive — and gives the typeface…well a FACE! An identity if you like. Optional Alternates could be like those fonts that have alternates letters with ex shift + letter or shift + alt + letter. I’m not sure…. guys???

Cheers and keep up the good work

Mark // Freelanceren

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Mark Christensen's picture
Joined: 25 May 2004 - 11:00am
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Hey Frank

I just wanted to let you know that I really dig that E. It’s real vibrant and alive — and gives the typeface…well a FACE! An identity if you like. Optional Alternates could be like those fonts that have alternates letters with ex shift + letter or shift + alt + letter. I’m not sure…. guys???

Cheers and keep up the good work

Mark // Freelanceren

DK

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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> do you mean making for example 3 styles of the letter ‘E’?

Yup. Accessing them is a whole other ballgame though. Ideally you want an OpenType font that will choose alternates automatically while allowing custom user choices too.

hhp

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Joined: 5 Aug 2003 - 11:00am
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The S is a little hard to distinguish to me, but I’m no type designer.