Sunday, February 7, 2010
We have begun the digital process of our typeface for my type design class, and the above photo is where I am at right now.
The "s" is proving tricky as balancing out the curves, spine and overall flow of the character involves a lot of detailing. Right now the weight is a little awkwardly placed. The "p" is also pretty wide...but that won't be to difficult to adjust.
The goal, once again, is to create a decent bold sans serif combining elements of geometic and humanistic faces in a way avoids the pitfalls of more "expressive" faces like gill sans and the aggressive geometry of Futura.
The important thing I feel is really paying a great deal of attention to the lowercase letters, as in faces like Futura and Gill Sans, that is where I think things get a little iffy. Gill Sans has some of the most peculiar lowercase forms I have ever seen, and the beauty of Futura's capitals get lost in translation to the lowercase letters as well, creating a somewhat static and unappealing character set.
In short I want to inject the more diverse qualities of Helvetica and Akzidenz Grotesk's lowercase characters in tandem the authoritative Uppercase Futura and Gills Sans letters.
Off we go.
a'listening to: Radiohead-"Hail to the Thief", Beach House-"Teen Dream", A Perfect Circle (for some reason?!)