Typophage Serif

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Christophe Badani's picture
Joined: 8 Dec 2001 - 12:51pm
Typophage Serif

here is a serif designed with my friend Jean-Baptiste Lev

Christophe Badani's picture
Joined: 8 Dec 2001 - 12:51pm

Oooops! More glyphs…

Serif2.pdf (37.2 k)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Pretty nice! A useful design for titling — could work great in a newspaper.

- The “f” could be less shy.
- The “g” is too calligraphic; and I’d make its ear Goudy-style.
- Both the lc and -especially- the UC “k”/”K” are unhappy.
- The “r” is too sharp.
- The “L” seems too narrow.
- Nice “Q”. I might disconnect the far left of the cross-stroke from the left body curve.
- The ascending “4” isn’t working. The numerals are great overall though.
- The acute, grave and tilde seem a hair too strong.
- I’d flatten the UC accents.
- I might make the exclamation and question marks stronger.
- The curly braces could be more interesting.

Spacing: I think your overall letterspacing is good, but the word space too small.


Eduardo Omine's picture
Joined: 18 Jan 2003 - 6:08am

Yes, nice work!

-E and F seems too narrow (or maybe it’s the G that is too wide?);
-x could be slightly narrower;
-the 2 looks weak, thicken its horizontal stroke;
-the figures seem too thin.

Somehow this reminds of ITC Garamond and Lucida Bright, but I also see a certain influence from Sumner Stone.

Jean-Baptiste's picture
Joined: 30 Mar 2003 - 10:44am

Thanks a lot for the comments! After some weeks (months) designing, I sometimes find myself stuck in the process where choices are difficult to do, and I feel somehow

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Nice quick improvements!
- I’d make the tail connector (the thick diagonal stroke) on the “g” slightly heavier on the bottom-right than the top-left. Look at Binney & Ronaldson #2 (AKA Oxford, AKA Monticello) for a really good model for that structure of “g”. Or Patria’s for a more pronounced difference between the two ends.
- I think the gaps in “B”, “P” and “R” need to be bigger.
- The counters of the “N” are imbalanced.
- I prefer the top numerals, although that lower “5” is killer.
- The blank space is a perfect size now.


Jacques Le Bailly's picture
Joined: 21 Dec 2001 - 2:09pm

I had a quick glance:

- ‘a’: the left vertical extremepoint on the bowl should be lower.
- ‘c’ and ‘e’: although I like their form, I get the impression that they tend to fall to the left. Maybe a little more wheight in the lower left part.
- ‘o’: the rightside is perfect, the leftside isnt as good. I would have a look at this.
-’s’ and ‘S’: The middlepart should be a little higher. Although I like the imbalance which occurs between both white innerforms, I think this doesnt fit with the rest of the characters.
-‘A’: right stem should be lighter.
-‘B’: bowls should be fatter.
-‘D’: Bowl should be lighter.
-‘5’ (top): horizontal streak should be longer.
- Eurosign: why did you make a sign which is conform the ‘official’ rules ? Be creative. For example you made a slanted serif, which is the only one in the whole font.
- I like your lower five as well. Why didnt you use a similar form for your questionmark ?

This a very nice typeface !


Christophe Badani's picture
Joined: 8 Dec 2001 - 12:51pm

Hrant, Eduardo & Jacques, Many Thanks for your remarks.