I've toyed around a few years with Fontographer and FLS now, because I want to make a font.
But due to the steep learning curve, complexity of the craft and the lack of a clear plan of what to design, it resulted in a bunch of unfinished prototypes.
After giving my ambitions a reality check, I figured I have to lower my expectations and aim for a design I could actually carry out.
Inspired by not-so-perfect-fonts I see all day, I decided to reduce the complexity of my design.
It worked. I actually am developing a font. I've been working on it for over a year now, and it's time to ask for feedback.
I'm realy, realy curious what you people thinks of it, and I have lot of questions too. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Lau – professional type user, apprentice type designer
1) Your opinion: whatever you want to say.
2) Design: the strict design rules (monospaced + monolined + semi condensed) boxed me in. I can't find a way to create good looking glyphs like ® or ligatures like æ. And a ˚ is impossible. Any idea's? Or just omit them, like the OCRA?
3) Spacing: I really like the font with the current spacing. But what's the point of designing a semi-condensed font if I give it such generous spacing? Your opinion is greatly appreciated in this area.
4) Font weight: I'm not sure about the current stroke width. Maybe to thin? At the other hand this width gives the best allround result on both high res and low res screens and printers. On top of that, it let me create a light and medium version with a 33% stroke width difference. What route do you advice? One 'perfect' regular (whatever that may be), or more weights?
5) Obliques: I consider to make optical corrected obliques. But how much of use are those? I personal almost never use them, especially with monospaced fonts...
6) Hinting: I've not yet studied al aspects of hinting, so for the time being I've used FLS Autohinting. I wonder how much I can improve hinting by tweaking the values/settings etc. Is it worth the effort in my case?
7) Name: "Fineline Mono" is pretty descriptive on a practical level, the name gives you an idea about what you can expect. However it's not accurate, because the font is not inspired on fineliners. An alternate approach is to try to grasp the heart and soul of the font. You can think of "Techniker" (German for engineer), or even "Quirk" or "Handicap". Any suggestions?
8) Usage: the Fineliner Mono is not really designed for a specific usage. Looking at it from a 'marketing' perspective I wonder what possible usage scenario's are viable. I have found 3:
as path font for industrial usage/plotters
as compact monospaced font
some niche design cases in wich the Fineliner Mono has the right look-n-feel
Any other scenarios crossing your mind?