Very Thorough Documentation of Type Design Process

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Very Thorough Documentation of Type Design Process
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OK, I'm not trying to say I'm in love with this face or anything like that. But this is probably one of the best documentations of a type design I've ever seen, and it's interesting to see someone else's process.

http://www.typographyserved.com/gallery/Modernline-San-Serif-Typeface/41...

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Without text it can't be very thorough documentation. BTW there's a point in that development where he seems to give up making the dorky letters behave and starts modifying an existing accomplished design... :-/

You should get a copy of the 16-page booklet detailing Haas Unica's development.

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starts modifying an existing accomplished design... :-/
Think?

You should get a copy of the 16-page booklet detailing Haas Unica's development.
Gimme Gimme!

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Look at the suspiciously large variance in quality among the glyphs here:
http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles18/1228291/projects/4160315/956ad5ba...

BTW the spacing is way too tight.

hhp

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idk, Hrant, it's possible they just took a long time off, continued thinking about it in their minds, and came back with a clearer vision. The biggest problem I have with the face is that it is too Helvetica-esque.

But on the whole, there is a woeful lack of good documentation of actual type design as it progresses out there.

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@hrant can you post the link for haas unica's development? I googled but could not get anything

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It's a print document.

hhp

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What is this "print" thing you speak of?

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Ryan, you are such a card…

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@hrant: Thanks! Thought it was a PDF file

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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Ah, I'd sent Michael Hernan a photocopy of the Unica thing back in 2006... I see he put it to some use there! :-) Actually I think I'd seen that before, but my memory isn't what it used to be...

hhp

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Thought it was a PDF file.

A 14-page PDF of that account published in Typographische Monatsblätter can be found here. It’s not searchable, though.

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@Ryan – I think 'print' has something to do with bookshops, but I have been mistaken before...

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Right now my process involves drinking a cup of coffee, answering the occasional email—and goofing off at Typophile.

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Books have been outlawed by the digerati. We are only allowed to read off screens from now on.

On the positive side, sticking true to my (somewhat) German roots, I am organizing an eBook Burning for this year's winter solstice. Come one, come all!!