Bright Grotesk

alienbreed's picture

Bright Grotesk is a new typeface I'm working on. It's a mixture of humanist & grotesk typefaces which is legible in small sizes yet charming in display sizes as well.

There's still lot's of inconsistencies here and there as I have only started working on it last week.

Any comments & suggestions to improve it is highly appreciated.

Bendy's picture

This is gonna be wonderful! No suggestions for the moment other than the bold needs Something ;)

I'll come back to this later.

alienbreed's picture

Thanks Bendy! Yeah, I agree with the bold I'm not that happy with it either. I'm really a sucker at bold weights as you know.

1996type's picture

Great typeface! Spacing needs some work though.

alienbreed's picture

Spacing is not that great at the moment and I'm working hard on that.

alienbreed's picture

Added a thin weight and uploaded a new pdf above. Currently checking width & stroke consistency in all weights and will proceed with the italics once I'm happy with it.

alienbreed's picture

Made some changes in the lowercase 'a' & slightly reduce the bends of 'b, d, m, n, r, p, q' in the bolder weights. Is it better than the previous one?

litera's picture

I'm not too much of a fan of a "top heavy a".

Bendy's picture

I'm really liking this. So remember the pinch of salt, this is just some impressions...

I think the shape of the original /a/ was more in keeping with the bowl-and-stick letters; the horizontal part of the bowl now looks a bit too 'realist' rather than humanist or grotesque. But I agree the weight wasn't right in the bolder weights, and a more monoline approach works better.

Leg of /k/ in latest sample 'cupcake' looks like the strokes are not parallel. Overall shape needs a bit of fiddling I think. It's too wide?

Generally to me the straights look heavier than the rounds...especially /b/, /d/ etc. You'll need to balance that out.

Tail of /j/ looks out of place...again a more monoline approach will harmonise best I think. Curve of J needs smoothing at SE section.

Love the way the spurs on /b/, /m/, /r/ etc are curved. On bolder weights they may not be long enough, need to descend/ascend further?

In lighter weights, /S/ and /s/ need more curl in the spine, they look a bit limp and flat.

I understand the historical reasons for the choices on the heads of /t/ and /1/ but I think it's not necessary to have those curves there. I'd prefer straights.

/N/ looks wide, especially in the bold weight.

Bold /8/ looks unbalanced, and the bold /2/ needs more bowl and is possibly a fraction too light. /5/ is possibly falling left.

Great design, keep it up! :)

alienbreed's picture

Thanks Ben! As usual your comments are wise and detailed.

I have considered some of your comments and will post an update before the day ends.

alienbreed's picture

Above is the latest update.

Below are some of the changes:
- updated the lowercase 'a'
- updated lowercase 'g'
- updated lowercase 'k'
- updated lowercase j as per Ben's comment
- updated lowercase 't' (You're right Ben now it is much more easier to read and the quirkiness feeling is gone too in the lighter weights since it is now straight)
- updated numeral '1' eliminating the curve
- updated numeral '2'
- reduced the overall width by 5% (previous width feels a bit too wide)

Let me know what you think guys =)

Gary Lonergan's picture

looking at the word baraka it seems restless and I think this is down to bottom of the b
I know it rhymes with the other stroke endings but I catches the eye. could it be eliminated or reduced.
This is a great face by the way

Trevor Baum's picture

The caps are gorgeous.

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