Director - a WIP I need some feedback on (Latin + Hebrew)

adiron's picture

Good evening ladies and gents.

To keep it short, I've been working on this typeface for a while and I would be thankful to receive some feedback on it. It's condensed, and the idea came from that cryptic text at the bottom of movie posters that nobody ever reads. Except its purpose is not to be entirely invisible and that the design took many many turns since then.

I realize it looks a bit like URW Grotesk Condensed, although I was actually unaware of that until recently.

So far, I really feel I'm not doing this font a lot of justice - in that, it is too plain, too boring, and has little personality. Or maybe I've just been looking at it for too long. Oh and I made a tz ligature, just because I think it's pretty.

Anyway, here it is:

(a dropbox link in case the attachment thing doesn't work right)
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2982701/Director/Specimen%2017.12.2012.pdf

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Ryan Maelhorn's picture

The capital I looks too wide to me.

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

If you want it to look more interesting you will have to think outside the box. A hackneyed phrase, I know, but still an appropriate one here.

You are playing a fairly well closed out design form here. You wont be able to look different until you change it somehow.

adiron's picture

I'll look into the capital I thing.

I also have a set of alternates that I should have posted (note the t, f and g)

Here it is:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtlw3x9z33voh5i/Director.pdf

Catharsis's picture

|Z| looks too wide to me; zero and |B R D K| too narrow.

hrant's picture

This doesn't have to end up being boring, plus I think you can make this style work for Hebrew. BUT: at least in the Latin the proportions are mostly pretty bad, sorry to say. A good shortcut would be to study an existing reputable font in this style.

hhp

adiron's picture

Catharsis,

Good point, I'll look into it. Thanks!

hrant,

Thanks for you feedback. When you mean proportions, I'm guessing you mean width of letters but also proportions of top and bottom portions of letters? If so, which stick out?

hrant's picture

If it were only one or two I'd point them out, but my impression is that some more studying needs to be done overall.

hhp

adiron's picture

Can you give me pointers as to what I should be looking at, so that I may learn?

hrant's picture

study an existing reputable font in this style.

This book would be useful too:
http://www.designersreviewofbooks.com/2011/02/designing-type/

hhp

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