First font (optical font)

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Shaun's picture
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First font (optical font)
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This is my first font.
It is an optical sizing font with 6 masters. The reason for this is the dots do not change size but multiply with sizing up.

It is 6 individual sizes from 80pt to 180pt, with 20pt intervals. The lettershapes are based on railway thin, with some variation here and there.

Some of the letters look a bit odd/ugly to me (the A, the Q, the B and P) I’m really after help mostly with the kerning (but please feel free to comment on any aspect)

Looking forward to some feedback. Thanks.

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Sorry - here it is.

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Nicer than I expected actually.

To me two things jump out:
- The density is not constant (smaller = darker). This is usually avoided.
- You typically need more sizes on the smaller end - not equal steps.

In terms of letterforms I think only the "W" is unhappy. And the "S" is leaning backwards.

hhp

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I know what you mean about the density not being constant hrant - for the use of the font it wasn't possible to resize the dots, but rather to reduce and rearrange them for each size - so I have to live with the darker smaller sizes.

I made a few adjustments circled in red. Fixed some of the S's and other letters, haven't touched the W's - not sure whats wrong with them.
http://www.filedump.net/dumped/pinpointstest21357532333.jpg

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The "W" is too open in the top half. If you don't want to make the lines more vertical (to avoid making it way too wide) then you're going to have to cross over the inside diagonals (or at least extend one of them).

hhp

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look nice

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This typeface is part of a larger project I'm working on. A typeface with a tactile end product - hopefully the mockup of a users guide explains how it works. I'm still working on the concept/idea before putting the users guide and other examples together.

Critique / suggestions on the concept and execution would be great!