Silverback v.2 (First font revisited)

Derek's picture

A few people saw the original Silverback, but now it's back from the drawing board. I was so excited about the results, I thought it could deserve a new thread. Thanks to Justin_Ch and riccard0 for their thoughts on the original.

An all-caps face, Silverback was inspired by old stock certificates, bill heads, and other monetary documents.

I'm in to process of importing the characters into a font program, so please excuse any spacing issues for now. I'm really just looking for thoughts on letterforms and how they work together (if they do at all).

Here are the characters I have done so far, and the attached PDF includes some set text.

Silverback Sample 1.pdf474.39 KB
Silverback Sample 2.pdf472.55 KB
Silverback Sample 3.pdf471.09 KB
eliason's picture

I think the top counter of K should have some angle, like the bottom, to keep it from being read as an R.
The 5 looks too much like an S.

Derek's picture

Thanks for the feedback. I did the numbers quickly and didn't realize the similarities. I'm uploaded a new sample to the OP, got the updated characters below

cerulean's picture

I like this, it's fun. I think it would be helped by some refinement of this recurring curve:

I would lower the gap some in C, to avoid G-ness.

The vast width of T might be a little offputting. You could try making the center stroke suddenly narrower at the top, like a table lamp, to make room to pull the sides in.

To stop 5 looking like an S it will probably be necessary to do something to the top corners. Maybe take inspiration from Y.

Derek's picture

Thanks, for the awesome suggestions (and great diagram) Kevin.

• That curve was messed up. I tried a few iterations of it and stuck with a cleaned up version of the original.
• Lowered the gap in the C. Better.
• Tried some variations with the 5 and came out with what's here. Using the caps of the Y proved to make it stick out like a sore thumb in the line up. I think it's different enough now that it doesn't bring on confusion.

Now for the pesky T. I tried a few solutions and came out empty handed. But, it definitely isn't done. So, I've left it alone for now until a solution shows itself.

It still has a long way to go, but here's where things are right now. I've also posted a new sample to the original post. Next up, punctuation and more characters.

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