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Alex Varanese's picture
Joined: 11 Nov 2007 - 1:20pm

I started work today on a display typeface specifically for use in the titles of an animation project I'm involved in. The theme of the animation is changing space in architecture, so I'm putting together a very neutral, un-stylized condensed face with heavily stylized alternates to sprinkle in.

The alternates are, admittedly, very crude and blunt, but that's the vibe I'm going for. There's a bit of a play on words in the name Antechamber, which usually refers to a smaller space leading into a larger one, but in this case can also be interpreted phonetically as "anti chamber", meaning the inversion of a region of space within each glyph (hence the blunt, solid fills in the alternates).

Since its only intended purpose is the titling within this animation, I'm pushing the alternate gimmick pretty hard, which I admit. I want to make sure, however, that the underlying face, while perhaps a bit generic, is still typographically sound.

What you see here is just a couple hours from start to finish in a single sitting, so while I think it's in a clean, visible state, it's virtually devoid of refinement and really just represents a first draft. I like the quirkiness of it, though, so I'm very open to first impressions either way. I'd love specific feedback on color consistency from glyph to glyph, the cleanliness of the curves, and all the usual mechanics.


K Cerulean Pease's picture
Joined: 19 Oct 2003 - 5:03pm

My critical eye is drawn most to the N. The diagonal stroke is too thin. I would consider making its slope less steep, meeting at corners that are not so wide on the outside, since the filled-in version naturally exaggerates that measurement along the top of the corner.