Beginner's type design - all critique welcome!

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

I've been designing fonts for about a year now, pure hobby. I've always felt that, because I was never properly educated in type design, I'm missing out on a lot of stuff. Nevertheless I try. In the last weeks I've come up with this design, inspired on the beautiful typefaces by Gerard Unger. Like his type, I'd like to give it a feel of (post) modernism and clarity.

Like I said, I'm not a professional, not even an educated type designer. However, I'd like you all to comment, good and bad...

Thanks in advance!

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hrant's picture

You've either made superb progress in type design over just a year, or you're staying too close to Unger*. He's a great role model in type, but I still think most individuals can contribute much more from themselves than from imitation. The question of what's too close for comfort is a classic and thorny issue in type design, and requires great introspection as well as listening to advice. But quite possibly I'm making a mountain out of a molehill!

* I'm not an expert in Unger's work so I can't pinpoint too much.

Anyway, of itself it's quite nice.
The weakest glyph is the "j" - it needs a braver descender.

Concerning self-education: many of our great names in the craft have been self-taught. There are pros and cons (just as there are with formal education) but I have to think that in this age of 100,000 fonts it nicely promotes originality. The main problem is that you can take a few extra years to get to the same spot (although the journey might very well be the biggest prize).


Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Thanks for your input, HHP.

For more information on and type designs by Gerard Unger, see

Yehan's picture

Looks very nice.. any more samples to see?

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

I'm working on the caps and glyphs. It's nice to know you all, well, you two, like it. I'll have a close look at the 'j' and repost.


sim's picture

I like what you've done so far. I'd make only one comment for now. I wonder if the descender are a bit too long. I think it is longer than the ascender and it could be a bit shorter. It's more visible in the y and the g. Keep going.


sim's picture

Also, there is a bump on some letters. You could try to correct it.


hrant's picture

> the descender are a bit too long.

Good call (I'm embarassed to have missed that).


eliason's picture

r's ear needs more substance in upright and even more in italic.

I'd work more on the a - it looks clumsy to me.

Diagonal letters like wxv (not always easy to do) are well done here.

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