Unnamed hybrid font - WIP - need feedback

chrisr's picture

This is the first real font I've ever designed and this is my project for my diploma. It's planned as a font for headlines and sub-headlines in a culture magazine (It doesn't necessarily have to work under 14p). I know that it has small serifs, but I decided to post it into the sans-serif forum nonetheless since I don't really know where to post it otherwise. It's not a serif font because there are only serifs at the bottom and not on every glyph.

I can't present much, I've just done the lower cases, but I hope that I'm going to get some useful feedback here in what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong.

I just probably also mention that these took me quite a while, so it's definitely something I scrapped together in one session. I also just noticed, as I was typing with it, that f, t and i and so on, appear to be a little too thin compared to the rest... But I'll leave it here for now.

Catharsis's picture

|g| looks unnecessarily compressed, given how much descender space you have.

chrisr's picture

Hm, I think it works quite well here, but it's definitely a problem when I use it at a smaller scale.
The a, e and w also have a different level of grey when I use it at let's say... 12p. So that's still something I need to work on.

And I meant to say that it's definitely -not- something I scrapped together in one session obviously.

chrisr's picture

So I thought I'd post an update, since it's about two months since I posted those previews. I did some minor changes and added capitals. I'm still unsure of what it's name is going to be, but I'm thinking of "Sibra". Cap height is a little lower than the ascender.

Feedback and critiques are very welcome.

jancharvat's picture

I have to say, even if I know it is hybrid, that when I'm looking at this font I'm confused. I can see some concepts in it, but no one is actually the main one. Some quick ideas:

- /a and /s with large aperture - /c and /e with small aperture , why not the same?
- /t without tail is not gonna work in small, can be confused with /lslash
- /h, /n, /m, /u and /b, /d, /p, /q are usually with same idea
- /s seems the upper part bigger, usually it's reversed
- /S weird middle part

- These small serifs are there why? Do you have any system for putting them on the letters? Why is on the stem of /k present and on the tail not?

Can you put some texts here?

altsan's picture

Your /R and /P have very small bowls - they look the same as the top part of /B, where normally they're larger. In the /R especially this results in an unusually long leg that looks awkward to my eyes.

The upper counter in /A is also a bit cramped IMO.

The spines of /s and /S look a bit pinched in the centre; in most fonts this is optically the fattest part.

PabloImpallari's picture

It's good to be your first one!
/a /h /n /m /u /s are wide compared to /b /c /d /e /o /p /q
/C /F /L /S /W /Z are a wider than the other caps.

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