Some Help with Spacing please

Joostmarcellis's picture

I designed this retro looking sans (all caps) for a logo of a client of mine, now i'm trying to extent that in to a usable font.

i'm not to bad at spacing loose words, but doing it in Fontlab with the space before and after is confusing, i have been at it for a wile, but i just don't get it, i'm doing something wrong.

so please could someone point me in the right direction, and be free criticise the design

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Jos Buivenga's picture

Have a look *here*.

Frode Bo Helland's picture – under Notes on Type Design there's a chapter devoted to spacing.

Joostmarcellis's picture

thanks i get on to it right away, and i'll be shoing the results soon

Joostmarcellis's picture

Thanks guys this is gold, it is starting to look much better allready. But no critisisme? i mean even i can see there is alot to be done

Frode Bo Helland's picture

It's really hard to crit spacing when there's no consistent pattern. I'm struggling with my own spacing, so I'm not sure if I'm the one to speak anyway.

hrant's picture

Critiquing spacing is extremely time-consuming. The only reasonable
expectation is to ask people for guidelines, and whether the font is too
loose or tight overall.


Joostmarcellis's picture

well thanks anyway you both, i know spacing is a lot of work, but your directions did help me a lot, i noticed that my O shapes did not have nearly enough space. I wil be posting the result

sim's picture

Amazing the way you choose for the tail of the Q. I wonder if that Q will work in a real situation. Although your spacing seems good, you will have to work on kerning. However, it's hard to give and advice without any sentence.

Joostmarcellis's picture

i'm not sure about that Q either, but i'm focussing on the making all the characters, and i'll decide later what has to be adjusted, i haven't looked at the kerning either, but i need a basic spacing format to see how my characters are working. thanks for your advice i really appreciate it, shoot at it all you want!

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