Type Crit

Curiousity's picture

Hey all,

I'm a design student taking my first serious stab at type design.
This is hard work and I'm getting a little overwrought. I thought I'd take
a break and post what I've got so far on the "chopping block" as it were.

I know there are big issues with the face so far, but, let's talk about
'em and how I can improve the set. I have only developed what you see
here so far. I am trying for a humanist face LOOSELY rooted in Gill Sans.
The principle design elements are the curved slab serifs and the stroke
taper at the connections.

Say what you will; let's get these letters into shape!


guifa's picture

Wow, this looks incredibly a lot like a sign I hand lettered for the school that I work in and I was thinking about how it'd look nice as a font. You beat me to it haha

Anyways, the flat descenders and ascenders I really like. I wonder if you might be able to pull out the j and the f and make them a bit longer, same for the p and the q. The almost mechanical look is what gives it its character, play with it some more. Also you might try making the serif a bit smaller on the b or the d (or both). Because they almost connect with the bowl, the serifs look much heavier. It doesn't seem to be a problem for the r, probably because of it's more horizontal approach to the stem.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

jt_the_ninja's picture


I'd be interested to see an alternate lowercase two-story g...it's the only one that needs a character-width horizontal stroke on the descender/ascender.


victor ivanov's picture

maybe a two-story 'a' would be a nice alternative also.
have you tried setting some words with it?

Arlo Vance's picture

The h, k, n, t, u need to be a little wider. check the optical weights of the horizontal vs. vertical strokes (e.g. the descending stem of the g and the left of the bowl are not similar enough. It seems to have great potential. I can see a fantastic display version as well as a functional text version.

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