I ﬁnally ﬁgured out that to build a nice quirky sans face, the ﬁrst thing you have to do is ﬁgure out the curves in the letters ‘b, c, d. g, j, o, p, q, r, and s’ Once you get those curves down, then you are in business. I wish somebody would have told me this months ago.
Back to the post about ‘how do you build a face,’ I would suggest making a lot of elliptical and rounded square shapes (unite/pathﬁnder a semi-circle on the end of a square). Then empty the ﬁll and work oﬀ the stroke, but don’t create outlines….always keep the outlines so the weight can stay consistent. When the face is ﬁnished, make sure your weights are consistent before you join and outline, or outline and unite.
Always save a copy of the beziers oﬀ to the side for tweaking.
Here’s apollo sans. Any feedback is welcome.
apollo.swf (22 k)