My First Sans ... Just say it !!

mmoustafa's picture

This is my first attempt at a sans serif. I've just started and made a few glyphs and kerning to preview it. kindly tell me what do you think.

J Weltin's picture

Before you invest in any kerning make sure you get the balance and the curves right! Look how the horizontal parts of c are thicker than the round part (same goes for a which is only copied from the c – or vice versa, and e and f, and so on …
Examine how the stroke is leaving the stem of b: much too thick! There are also big breaks where a curve is ending into a horizontal. There is no smoothness. The endings of c and e will turn out to be much too long when preceding other characters.
Above all this is way too constructed. Study typefaces like Bauhaus, for instance, which have similar design principles and see how they work.

hrant's picture

Hmmm, are you thinking of making an Arabic with/for it?

hhp

mmoustafa's picture

@J Weltin
I just threw in a couple kerning classes to test the look and feel of the font. Concerning the varying thickness of the curved and the horizontal parts you are completely right, i'll be working on it. The smoothness of the curves hitting the straights is meant to be this way, it's a part of the font's identity. I needed a second opinion on the c and e and thanks to you they'll be back on the chopping board. I don't get what you mean by too constructed, but sure i'll take a look at Bauhaus considering that i am still a newbie. Thank you very much for your time!

@hrant
I actually thought of it and made ( س ) and a ( و ) inspired from the lowercase g you see above and i think it has a lot of potential. Do you have any experience with arabic type? i would really appreciate a little help.

hrant's picture

I've made some Arabic type, but only imitative stuff, nothing
original enough that I could guide you too much. The reason
I brought it up is because to me your Latin forms seem to be
begging for an Arabic companion :-) and with your background
you can pull it off (since I believe that "nativity" is one of the
requirements of making a "progressive" font in a script).

hhp

hrant's picture

One thing I would strongly advise against BTW
is the forcing of Latin proportions onto Arabic.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/48413419@N00/5930146417/in/set-721576269395...

hhp

mmoustafa's picture

I have actually craved to do Arabic type, and it's my next step down the road.
And yes i see what u mean there it looks totally forced to have the same characteristics. Great Flickr u got there i can sure benefit of it. Thank you for your concern!

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