//serif type: slab
//serif size: 4 units
//vertical stroke thickness: .75 units
//horizontal stroke thickness: .65 units
and then have the characters generated?
granted there are about a million more subtle nuances that computers can't automatically generate and I'm not looking to actually produce typefaces in this manner, but I think it'd be pretty helpful applied in sketching and generating some general ideas in the development of a typeface..