Help tweaking script font for legibility in small sizes

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Chris Ellis's picture
Joined: 18 Jul 2010 - 8:37pm
Help tweaking script font for legibility in small sizes

Hi there,

I was wondering if i may have some assistance in a logo i am creating at the moment. I have licensed metroscript and would like to increase the contrast so the logo is scaleable and legible in small sizes.

So far i have filled the "O"'s counter, as well as the "A"'s to increase legibility, however I am still struggling to add contrast to the logo.

Are there any tips you might have?



Tim Ahrens's picture
Joined: 28 Sep 2004 - 9:15am

Hi 2fewdjs,

I don't think giveing it a contrast will increase legibility in small sizes. Why do you think so?

Your modifications are a good start, though. Some more ideas:

- Remove the stroke that connects o and c. Connections between letter significantly reduce legibility, and it also looks a bit unnatural without the loop. You can even try to disconnect all letters.

- Give the "a" a top-right corner, possibly letting either the vertical stroke or the bow stick out slightly.

- Join the bow and the diagonal of the R.

- Fill the loops of s and r and make them smaller.

- In the k, remove the stroke below the upper loop (the one that conects the vertical and the upper diagonal) and give the tip of the diagonal a nice terminal.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm

I don't agree with Tim about removing all connections, but o c feels unnatural. How about a loop in the top right corner? The top right part of a is a little bumpy. If you're going small, you'll probably want to either make small counters bigger (in s and r you may also try filling them) or remove them (as I would have considered with the loops on your ascending characters). Don't worry about contrast at first. You have to test print, but smaller text often need more space between characters.

Stephen Rapp's picture
Joined: 17 Sep 2006 - 3:41pm

I agree about losing the o c connection. Its kind of unnatural feature in some scripts that just muddies up the design.

I don't know how far down you need to scale this to know how the contrast will effect this. In text faces smaller point sizes (Letterpress at least) were traditionally given less contrast both for holding up to printing well and also just to visually match larger sizes. That being said, sometimes a heavy script can look almost monoweight at smaller sizes so its definitely worth trying more contrast out and seeing how it sets.