letter size and spacing and the mystery grid wot is it ???

hansolo's picture

As some of you may have viewed my type old skool logo I did recieve a bit of critiscm.
I have removed the parts and just have the foundations of the letter shapes.
I dont mind this now i have created the letters in illustrator because i am like the the tools available.
However there is a grid i hear people tallking about on the forums , i am designing my letters without the correct proportions to the grid.

Don McCahill's picture

Spacing is not normally mathematical, nor do letter shapes need to be the same width (unless that is a design feature you are seeking). In the sample above, the fact that the L is so wide, and the fact that the right side of the letter is so open, means that you would probably want to kern that space more than the other side. I would also look at shortening 20 to 25% of the bottom line of the L.

hansolo's picture

these are not can not be kerned there created in illustrator. I would move the letters closer together to make a more lesss of a gap. i will post i can tell me if you prefer

Don McCahill's picture

If they are in AI, try moving the end of the L about 30% of the way to the left. Then move the d and give it 3/4 of the space of the prior character. See if that looks better.

quadibloc's picture

Perhaps the "mystery grid" is the grid on a computer display - thus, hinting would cause your font to have the kind of grid alignment you're illustrating when it is displayed in a sufficiently small size, so as to coincide with the pixels.

IEUAN REES's picture

It is the white background that reveals the black letters.
To get better pattern in a block of text the letters should be
designed to do justice to the white spaces.
It is the white spaces that determine the best spacing.
The length of the foot of the L should dictated by what the space
around it wants even if the L on it own looks out of proportion.
The whole should always be more important than the part.

Ieuan Rees

IEUAN REES's picture

It is the white background that reveals the black letters.
To get better pattern in a block of text the letters should be
designed to do justice to the white spaces.
It is the white spaces that determine the best spacing.
The length of the foot of the L should dictated by what the space
around it wants even if the L on it own looks out of proportion.
The whole should always be more important than the part.

Ieuan Rees

IEUAN REES's picture

It is the white background that reveals the black letters.
To get better pattern in a block of text the letters should be
designed to do justice to the white spaces.
It is the white spaces that determine the best spacing.
The length of the foot of the L should dictated by what the space
around it wants even if the L on it own looks out of proportion.
The whole should always be more important than the part.

Ieuan Rees

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