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Ben Mitchell's picture
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Started sketching a new serif display face and wondered whether worth continuing/digitising. Any thoughts? Is it too similar to something else?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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There's a hint of Emerson in there.
Or rather, of Louis Hoell.

hhp

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Aha, must be the hexagonal outline and angled exit strokes on a and u. Really digging the idea of reinventing Emerson, though this seems more of a display face, doesn't it?

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Remember that a true text face looks quite funky large.
This is something Christian Schwartz demonstrated very
well in the development of the Houston Chronicle face.
http://www.christianschwartz.com/houston.shtml

hhp

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I know I'd like to see more.

There is just a hint of blackletter in the forms that intrigues me.

Ben Mitchell's picture
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Yes, this came out of trying to make blackletter shapes much smoother and more classical. I definitely want to keep the blackletter influence in there but not make it prominent.

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Nice. Definitely would like to see more of this.

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Right. Here it is, I started digitising.

Following Hrant's suggestion about Emerson, I had a closer look at that typeface and transposed the exit strokes. It's turned out with quite a musical/poetic quality.

There's quite a lot going on that needs to be resolved so if anyone has helpful suggestions (including any similar typefaces I can refer to) that would be great.

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hm, the only critique I have is the terminal on /e/
seems too large. I know its in line with the other terminals but maybe it could be removed and have a sans terminal like the /c/
hope that helps

looks great otherwise, love the direction this is going

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I like the feeling of it — there's an interesting hint of calligraphic character

• 'a' seems a tad wide
• 'p' looks a little heavy / thick
• 's' looks too fine / delicate

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Have you looked at [[http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/origami-mt/medium/|Origami]]? It has some of this hexagonal character.

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Thanks Craig, yes, I've seen Origami — the heavier weights may be useful. Others I may refer to are Hawkhurst and Andralis — love the head serif on that /n/!*

I'm not aware of any other hexy fonts with all these twiddles.

That /g/ needs reworking, it's quite top-heavy. Good to be working on other fonts, fresh eyes show all sorts of funny things...

*EDIT: Oh, and Lapture

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Here's some more of the lowercase. I've switched to quadratic (TrueType) splines to allow more nuanced curves, and regularised the x-height. Tweaked the head serifs, foot serifs all over and remade the finials of a, d, t and u.

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I really like this! I'm getting a slight William Morris vibe too. I'm thinking very slightly curved stems could perhaps make this even better. Hope you'll find time to carry on with this.

Ben Mitchell's picture
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Cool, you mean concave (bone-shaped) stems?

Sindre Bremnes's picture
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Yep. Though very subtly so. Look at your hand-drawn sketches, especially the 'l'. That's just the right amount.

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Just by looking at /t/ and /b/ one can tell this was based on blackletter. Nevertheless it progresses nicely and may become a nice display font.

Have you tried making the lower curve of /e/ narrower so it doesn't extend so far to the right? It seems a bit too wide unbalancing the whole glyph.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Nevertheless? Blackletter rules! For text!
http://themicrofoundry.com/ss_fraktur1.html

hhp

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when I saw the single world Nola on your flickr site and before I looked at the other characters I saw a completely different face it's in my head now but I will try and sketch it out today along with a million other things. The idea of using blackletter as a reference for a friendly text face is great. Have you looked at Oz Cooper's lettering