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Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
UC Grotesk
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Not a typeface per se, but some letters I'm working on for a client. I'd love some crit! (Weight, curves, widths and such)

Juergen Weltin's picture
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Joined: 13 Jan 2006 - 6:31am
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For a start:
S and R are too wide. The head of R is too big and too wide. There is too much weight difference on the S, make it more monoline. The upper curve could be shallower. A is too narow. E too wide. K too narrow, the upward stroke should sit higher. What happened to the H, man? Wasn’t there enough space? It’s the narrowest letter in there, very awkward.
The spacing is very tight. Not a problem at this size, but if it’s going to be set smaller.

Best, Jürgen

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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Thanks, just what I'm looking for! I'm trying to do something along the lines of the irregular grotesks.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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Second iteration. I think the R is what makes it charming. Thoughts?

Craig Eliason's picture
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Good improvements.
The break from horizontal to curved in the D seems too abrupt.
Is this the size it'll be? I find the ink traps a little distracting.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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I agree on the ink traps. It'll be displayed in lots of different sizes.

Brian Jongseong Park's picture
Joined: 15 Mar 2006 - 12:53pm
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At this size, the S looks somewhat thin in terms of stroke width.

Juergen Weltin's picture
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In addition to the two comments above:
The head of R hangs down (bottom curve), the leg is too light.
K: upward stroke a touch lighter, downward stroke a touch heavier and a bit steeper.

If it will be for lots of different sizes, i would do a version without ink traps for display sizes.