Legibell: a semi-sans typeface

JordanBell's picture

Hello fellow Typophiles!
My name is Jordan Bell and I have been working on this Sans for about 3 months now. I study graphic design and typography at Abilene Christian University as a junior and have taken an Intro to Typography course. I realized at the beginning of this semester that I am hopelessly obsessed with typography. So, I started drawing! It started with sketches inspired by fonts such as Info, Dekar, Titillium, and Klavika. I then decided to try to learn how to use Fontlab Studio 5. After reading lots of reviews, tutorials, and blogs, I started drawing in Fontlab and Illustrator. In other words, I am a beginner.

After many, many hours hovering over my laptop, editing, analyzing and tweaking this font, my professor told me I need some other professional critique. So, here I am! Please be gentle though. This is the first typeface I have designed and I know there are some kerning and small design problems, but I really would like to hear what you pro's have to say about the design and readability of the characters. But really, I'll take any feedback good or bad.

btw, I have updated the examples! The first two are former comps. The last 2 are the newest and best examples. Please review and critique. Thanks for any potential help!Enjoy

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cdavidson's picture

I can certainly see the Titillium and Klavika influences. There's also a fair bit of Interstate in there as well, I think. Your challenge should be to differentiate it from Titillium, because at the moment, they are remarkably close. A few comments:

  • T = straighten the left-hand crossbar
  • e = the terminal is wider than the rest of the stroke
  • q = where the bowl meets the stem, it looks too steep. Try raising the stem.
  • J = very narrow!
  • w (regular italic) = it looks unbalanced? Is it wider on the right than on the left?
  • P = interesting terminal on the stem. Have you investigated giving the same terminals to all uppercase strokes with stems that terminate on the baseline?
JordanBell's picture

Thanks CaleD for your comments!
Have you ever finished writing a paper, print it out, then notice like, 10 mistakes? Thats kinda what happened to me here. Right as I posted those, I noticed quite a few problems. I agree with everything that you stated and I am currently editing them now. As for the P terminal, I have thought about adding it to the other applicable characters, but really wanted some feedback on it first; so this helps out alot! Now, to the Titillium reference, I did hand draw all these on Fontlab, so its not like I copied them or anything, but your right. I should try to make some of the very similar characters more unique.
Once again, thanks for the suggestions!

matt_yow's picture

the italic /Q/s all have dissonant tails to their regular counterparts. I like how the regular /Q/s do not let their tails into their counters, however the italics do. if that makes sense.

JordanBell's picture

Ah yes, the italic Q. I have spent many hours over the Q and it still fails me. Do you think I should change the Italic Q so that the tails are all the same and not in the counter? Or do you think they are ok? I mean, There is still some cleaning up to do with the tails, but what do you think?

JordanBell's picture

I think I have fixed the problems CaleD was talking about. Let me know if you all see any other issues. I'm sure they are out there. Hope you enjoy!

JordanBell's picture

I have been doing more work on this typeface in the past couple of weeks so I posted up some more example sheets (v3). Currently I am adding more glyphs - working on old-style numerals, automatic and discretionary ligatures - hoping that this will make my family larger more complete and impressive. Even though it is still in progress, I would like more feedback please! I will be posting updates soon probably.
Thanks all for any potential help,


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