A sample of how my text font is coming along. Still editing capitals and letter spacing…and next week, I’ll be adding numbers as well. For my japanese stab binding readers, I promise that my next post will be either a tutorial or a new bind!
As part of my training at my new job with SIL International, I’ve been practicing drawing and digitizing Roman fonts. One day I will move on to non-Roman scripts, which I’m very excited about. But for now it’s been fun to mess about with this design.
My parameters were to design a Roman lowercase, with medium ascenders and descenders. The goal was to make it compact but not compressed, readable in longer articles and text. It should have pointed-nib contrast, but some transitional elements with straight stems and slab/angled serifs. Medium weight. The digital version hasn’t been critiqued yet, so changes are coming!
My working font name is ‘fluffybunny’ (don’t ask…). If anyone has a more clever idea, please leave a comment!
I was told before leaving Cooper that my capitals were too formal when paired with the lowercase. Since the lowercase has the effect that I wanted, I am rethinking the caps. The R and K needed the most help anyway so I started with them. I’m also evaluating the thickness of the serifs on my lowercase as compared to the upper.
Still needs work, but I think these are headed in a better direction.
Today is the last day! I fly out of NYC tomorrow. It’s been a great learning experience, and while I might be ‘finished’ here, I’ve still got a lot of work to do on my typefaces! I’ll still post my progress from time to time, because I know everyone is anxiously awaiting the design of my ampersand. And the back slash! Ha!
This is my current progress on the Paramithi font. My numbers and punctuation still need work, as do a few capitals. And one day I will have more alternate capitals!
…which is the reason I haven’t posted anything else today. We have a critique with him tomorrow and all of us have been frantically working to get stuff ready and put together! So tired!!
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This is what my desk looks like these days. Covered in paper printouts and drawing utensils and other various bric a brac… kinda drives me crazy, but can’t do much about it!
I drew some capitals today, but didn’t get very far with them. Capitals for my goofy font are going to be eeenteresting for sure.
Here’s as far as I got with digitizing: