First Font: GiddeHand

Gidde's picture

Hi everyone!

New to the forum, but I've been browsing around for a few days and thought I should take the plunge and post up my first font for critique. Go ahead and be honest; I'm a big girl and can take it :) I'd rather have it be right, than have my precious feelings protected.

So, without further ado, here's GiddeHand, an approximation of my own handwriting.

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cerulean's picture

Looks nice. I question the top of the G being so open and vertical; it almost looks like an L to me.

Gidde's picture


Agreed on the G; I left it that way because that's actually how it looks when I write it, and I was starting to feel like I was tweaking the "hand" out of the handwriting. Is it really horrible, should I tweak it out anyway?

Edit: Actually, that *is* tweaked, now that I look at it. When I actually write it, it's much more open and vertical ;) So I suppose my question ought to be, should I tweak it *more*? :)

Gidde's picture

After further reflection, that response was asinine and I apologize; of *course* you thought it needed tweaking or you wouldn't have posted the suggestion.

So in the interest of trying to *follow* the advice I asked for and was graciously given instead of "do you really think so?"-ing it, here is the result of my first attempt at tweaking that G.

I vow that I will reflect *BEFORE* I respond in the future. Thanks again for taking a look and offering your thoughts.

(Sorry for the double post; for some reason the forum doesn't seem to want to accept a second edit on the last one.)

cerulean's picture

Relax; mine is only one opinion, and it is perfectly reasonable to solicit others before doing anything. Goodness knows I don't hurry to follow every bit of advice I get.

I see how this change may be stiffening up the G and losing some of the natural look of your handwriting. To get it back, I think the curve could lean forward to that point without having to bend so much, if you see my meaning. You could try using the curve of the C as a guide.

Nick Cooke's picture

My first thoughts were 'That's a left-handed girl', so if anybody needs that look it would be perfect. Don't start overworking it - that only leads to loss of spontaneity, and an element of 'stiffness' can start to creep in.

Gidde's picture

Thanks cerulean, I'll try that and see how it looks (I've been working on a copy in case I end up liking the original better).

Nick, everyone keeps saying that! I'm actually a right-handed girl, but I tend to really crank the paper to an angle before I write on it, so that backwards slant results. I didn't even realize I had a backwards slant until I tried to digitize it, and it was hard as heck not to try to *fix* it as I went. Which is why I was afraid to tweak much more. Thanks for the advice on overworking :)

Gidde's picture

Another tweak on the G, I lessened the curve and leaned it forward a bit instead; I also opened it back up a tad to try to get the original feel while still making it less L-like.

JoergGustafs's picture

Very feminine, indeed.
It’s nice how the letters connect so naturally!
To me, your /X/ stands out a bit – even more if compared to the way you write your lc x, but who am I to judge your handwriting … :)

And, as Nick said, overworking would kill the spontaneity.

Edit: It’s funny – usually the geometry and evenness of the lines give away that it is a font. But your writing is very balanced and even in colour so it works quite well IMO.

I’m wondering if the space is slightly too big compared to ‘real’ handwriting?

cerulean's picture

There you go, that looks great.

Gidde's picture

Thanks for the comments, Joerg. I don't really like that /X/ either ... unfortunately I didn't have any "native" samples of a capital x in all of my handwritten stuff I went through to try to get samples from before I decided to make a font -- when one knows they're writing a sample for a font, it's less natural-looking. :( I'll have to see if I can come up with one that matches the rest a little better.

Thanks cerulean! I like this version too, gonna put it into the "official" font.

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