first font

New to design!
I have very little experience and only just started to act on my interest in typography.
This was mostly a dabbler's interest, until recently.
I submitted my first font, called Whale, to MyFonts. They promptly rejected it and basically said it was totally unprofessional. It's meant mainly for display, so I don't know why I bothered submitting to them in the first place, but I now have a stronger desire to make this font as good as it can be. Maybe even simplify it for use beyond just displays.
My feelings will not be hurt. I would greatly appreciate a serious critique of my design so that I can make the next version of Whale far better.
Thanks for your time.
- Stigmaa

Hello typophile community, I would love any advice and criticism that you might offer regarding my first font. I intend on using it to break into the type design industry and have been tweaking it constantly. I think the time has come for other, more experienced, eyes to have a go.

Hello typophiles,

After having sat lazily on an interest in Type Design for far too long, I've finally found the courage (through the help of a course at University) to delve into the wonderful world of fontlab.

I was hoping for some critique of what I've got so far, I have been working with a strict grid system which has worked well most of the time although I'm still having a lot of trouble with the s, z, x and c. Getting the spacing right has also been quite hard, (especially with the extremities on the r and e) and has led me to create a series of Ligatures which I believe solves the problem and adds more visual interest. I set these up as dlig in fontlab because I read somewhere that it was appropriate however, I'm tempted to just put them through as liga. Advisable?

Over the past couple of years I've become really interested in fonts. I'm a maths teacher by day and amateur designer and now amateur typographer by night (and by weekend and school holiday). I have designed a font before, but I made every rookie mistake possible.

So then I bought this very helpful book titled 'Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces' by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals which I am thoroughly enjoying and from which I am learning a lot. I also learn a lot from typophile.com and from just observing the world around me - that's one thing I love about type, it's everywhere.

My first font is called 'happy pebble'. The look is based on this idea I got for the lower case 'a'. In my mind it looked a bit like a sculpted pebble you might find on the beach. I've only yet completed the lower case characters and the project still hasn't left Illustrator.

Over the past couple of years I've become really interested in fonts. I'm a maths teacher by day and amateur designer and now amateur typographer by night (and by weekend and school holiday). I have designed a font before, but I made every rookie mistake possible.

So then I bought this very helpful book titled 'Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces' by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals which I am thoroughly enjoying and from which I am learning a lot. I also learn a lot from typophile.com and from just observing the world around me - that's one thing I love about type, it's everywhere.

My first font is called 'happy pebble'. The look is based on this idea I got for the lower case 'a'. In my mind it looked a bit like a sculpted pebble you might find on the beach. I've only yet completed the lower case characters and the project still hasn't left Illustrator.

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Qualtagh

Hi all,

I've been working on and off on this typeface for the last few months. While I did start creating one a few years ago, I'd consider this my first "real" attempt at a full font. While a lot of the details are more suited to display purposes, I'm also trying to make it work at smaller sizes (maybe a separate text version?).

I haven't really shown it to many people yet and I'd like to know what you think and if it's worth continuing with. I'm mainly concerned about it looking too amateur-ish and wanted to know if there are any glaring beginner mistakes/things I've missed.

Reposting from here. This is my first font. It needs lots of work (especially the caps, although I've finally got a plan for them!) but I'd love some feedback in the meantime.

Thanks,

Gilly

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