Aubaine

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

I'm looking for people who'd like to comment on this new design called Aubaine, in particular on the character width and inner space. I've been working on it for so long, I don't see it anymore.
Up to now it's only ultra light.

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Martijn van Berkel's picture

Looks nice. One thing that caught my eye was that the bold "a" differs too much from the lighter versions.
The "g" is a little compressed at the top. The Q is too fat at the top horizontal part.
The V and W are higher than the other chars.
Also try a large line spacing in the sample text.

Ga zo door en succes. :)

1996type's picture

Please tell me you haven't thrown this one in the bin... I think this could be a bestseller, if you'd only finish it :-)

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

No no, it's not in the bin!
If only I had more time ;-)

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Finally I had some time to continue...
For some reason I can't upload any PDFs, so please check them out here:

http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineUltraLightglyphs.pdf
http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineSemiLightglyphs.pdf
http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineMediumglyphs.pdf

BTW, I noticed /=/ and /€/ haven't interpolated properly...

riccard0's picture

Looking good! :-)

eliason's picture

This is looking good. The design idea is carried through well, so it has a distinct and appealing flavor.

The serpentine curve of the /N/ diagonal feels backwards to me - wouldn't it fit better with the others if the curve bent to make the joins more open rather than more pointy?

/Q/'s tail seems a bit lifeless.

I might make the caps a tiny bit bigger.

Something's up with your semilight Euro and Yen crossbars.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Thanks guys.
I too noticed that the caps are just a bit tiny, especially in small sizes. Haven't decided to change it yet... I might though ;-)
I'll take another look at /N/ (/M/ too as a natural course of action) and /Q/.
/¥/, /€/ and /=/ haven't interpolated into SemiLight quite properly. I'll look into that as well.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

New proof here:

http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineUltraLightglyphs.pdf
http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineSemiLightglyphs.pdf
http://www.omashuisje.nl/AubaineMediumglyphs.pdf

Changes made in UltraLight:
/M/ /N/ /Q/ /ß/ /fi/ /&/ /@/ /™/

Changes made in Medium:
/e/ (+ diacritics) /M/ /N/ /Q/ /ß/ /fi/ /&/ /@/ /™/ 0123456789

Question: are the number too fat?

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Changed /@/ again...

daverowland's picture

Cool @

hrant's picture

Ah, "@ is for Andromeda"! :-)

hhp

eliason's picture

IMO it's too tightly wound for this face, and you'd be better off building something from a one-story /a/.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

A one-story /@/ has been added as a .salt.
Finishing oldstyle figures and smallcaps as we speak.
New PDFs to be posted soon.

hrant's picture

Note that the ideal "@" is one where you don't see an "a" in it.

hhp

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Some minor changes made. Please feel free to comment.
You'll find the most recent proof at http://www.omashuisje.nl/Aubaine_proef.pdf

cerulean's picture

I like the hurricane @ but I think the lower arm is now a bit cramped and could stand to sweep below the baseline some.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Good one, Cerulean, thanks! It'll be adjusted!

cerulean's picture

I find on second look that I have committed the error of judging a pdf onscreen without zooming enough, and my observation was of a rendering distortion. But if you found it helpful anyway, great.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

It should work both on screen as in print ;-)

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Since this morning Aubaine is finished. It's become a lovely design in seven weights with 586 glyphs each. I'm proud of it! E-mails to online foundries have been sent.

I'd like to thank you all, without your feedback I would never have made it this far!

Best regards,
Jean Paul

eliason's picture

Congrats and good luck!

LexLuengas's picture

Congrats!

Catharsis's picture

Just saw it on MyFonts. Great job!

BTW, I also like your Eastburgh a lot. The "quirkiness" is so well integrated in the font that it doesn't disturb the overall picture at all.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

Thanks Eliason, LexLuengas and Catharsis!

Aubaine is available from:

Our own site
MyFonts
FontSpring
FontDeck
YouWorkForThem
Fonts.com (coming soon)

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