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Tibor Nagy's picture
Joined: 9 Aug 2003 - 6:37pm

Hi Typophiles,

Here is a new typeface I am working on. It was inspired by the tutorials of Computer Arts Specials (Issue 39, pp. 25 and 80). As a neophyte in Typeshire and I was lucky enough to find this place to get some expert ideas and opinions. Entropy intends to be a nice blend between art deco and contemporary techno style. It has similar X height as Helvetica and a deliberate minimalist design. When completed it will comprise at least five different weights both in normal and italic, and five versions with different horizontal width (from narrow to super extended). The number 03 refers to the narrow version, 07 to the somewhat extended one. I also have created Russian/Cyrillic characters, because it is a good challenge. And a semi-serif version is also under way…
For start I would like to put the Entropy 03 Regular version on the balance. Please, give your opinion especially on the following points:

1) Originality — I have started my work from scratch, er… sketch, but I am deeply concerned that someone else have come up with a quite similar idea before. This is the main reason I publish my half-finished work here to claim priority or, as the case may be, to abandon the whole project. It is a simple design and nowadays I see more and more similar glyphs around. Is there a way to check that this is an original design, or how much should it differ from the similar ones to merit its own existence? If you know a nearly identical font, please raise your hand!
2) Oldstyle figures — to keep or to drop them?
3) Any missing important glyphs necessary for regular use. Language accents are still in the lab.
4) The name — is there any other font with the same name? Better name, anyone?
5) Cyrillic characters — are they correct if you consider the design logic?

All comments (even beyond the four points above) are welcomed and seriously considered. Thanks,


Entropy 03 Regular

Paul Davidson's picture
Joined: 25 Nov 2002 - 6:44pm

Very nice!!! Reserve me a copy!

A few nitpicky things: it would be nice to see a little more divergence between Latin and Cyrillic letters (the Ks, Es, Ms, etc). I’m no expert, but I do love the inclusion of Cyrillic here.

I’d also be curious to see blocks of Latin and Cyrillic text side-by-side; your Cyrillic lowercase letters might look smaller than the Latin and need optical adjustment (enlargement).

Your percent and per-thousand might look better with circles or forward-o’s. The euro sign might look better a bit wider.


Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

It’s nice to see such a “constructed” font have so many classical touches, like smallcaps and OS figures!

The only real problem I see (for now) is the lc “k”: too busy.


Dmitry Taranov's picture
Joined: 19 May 2003 - 8:29am

i like it..

i’m not agree with you only in lc “B” at cyr charset.. here is lil’ preview how it done at cyrillic versions of TimesNewRoman and Trebuchet MS fo ekzample..

Jeremy Oviatt's picture
Joined: 28 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

I like it. The overall weight is nice. I like the marriage between calssical deco style with a modern techinical feel.
The name is cool, lots of conceptual meaning. Unfortunetly, it is also the name of a font designed by Stephen Farrell (Sold at T-26).

timfm's picture
Joined: 18 Nov 2002 - 2:11am

Tibor — I think it’s beautiful, but something about the lowercase “k” and “s” don’t quite feel right. Great work so far!