Hi, new poster here (although I've lurked around the margins for a while)... If I may, I'd appreciate some opinions on a new serif typeface I'm designing.
This is my first attempt at a serif typeface, and my first serious attempt at a font fit for general consumption (my previous work has been for rather specialized uses).
Some remarks about my intentions... I basically set out to explore the possibilities of a humanist typeface with non-traditional styling. (The serifs are loosely intended to recall engraved inscriptions, by the way.) In the future I plan on adding at least partial Japanese support, and one of my other objectives is to see if it's possible to create a consistent style between the Latin and Japanese characters that manages to be culturally faithful to both. (Most general-purpose Japanese fonts are woefully generic-looking, especially the serif/mincho ones.)
It's primarily intended as a document font that can also function reasonably well on-screen. The serifs are deliberately understated to help the text render with minimal distraction.
Letter designs: [[http://www.altsan.org/creative/fonts/new_inscription/letters.png]]
Sample text at various sizes: [[http://www.altsan.org/creative/fonts/new_inscription/text_sample.png]]
I'm aware of a number of extant problems. The strokes need to be darker in general (and the harmonization of stroke widths needs work). I'm also thinking the contrast needs to be increased a little. For printed text, the character spacing may be a little tight. As far as the specific glyphs go, I'm not entirely convinced by a few characters, in particular some of the numbers. I'm also wondering if the serifs might not be a bit too understated.
I'd welcome opinions from more experienced hands! Thanks...