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Ray Larabie

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  • The Commodore Amiga had a system font that was part serif, part sans. Amiga Regular at MyFonts
  • They're important because it's the only way to type Spin̈al Tap properly.
  • As for Japanese, do some market research to make sure Japanese is appropriate for your product. Sometimes foreign companies try to market their products with localized branding and it's counterproductive. For certain products, English is preferred. …
  • Agree...with the 3rd sentence. If you keep second guessing yourself you'll spoil it. Commit and move on.
    in Numerals Comment by Ray Larabie July 24
  • I used to try to get the Vietnamese capital accents to tuck under the hhea ascender/WinAscent but now I don't think it's attractive. A lot of typefaces, including system fonts have Vietnamese capital accents that go over the top. Some applications w…
  • Leave the the f ligatures blank in monospaced fonts—they should produce a .notdef character if someone hard-codes them.
  • FontLab's TransType can generate color fonts in various formats using TTF, OTF or VFB( FontLab) layers in as input. But currently there are some critical bugs that prevent them from being commercially releasable so I'm waiting for a new version—prob…
  • @Kent Lew is correct. You have to choose where you draw the line on your own. You'll never find a guide that can say definitively whether or not a certain language should be in your repertoire.
  • I wonder how strong national preferences for accents are after decades of exposure to system fonts. If it's true the Portuguese readers were once fussy about the design of their cedillas while French readers weren't, is it still true in 2017? Do rea…
  • Here's a chart of the Cyrillic set from 0450-04FF with, what I believe are rare glyphs* highlighted in white. For me, the darker characters are must haves in any typeface with Cyrillic support as they're in common use in living languages. * histori…
  • Even if just for exploration, try building a uniform width hairline. Maybe only 10 or 20 units thick. Move the weight axis slider and you might find a pleasing light weight somewhere between 150-250. It will still retain some of the thick/thin of th…
  • I've looked into making a Japanese typeface and I can't figure out how it can be done with less than 4 full-time workers, working for 4 years. Like a million bucks, minimum. Although it might be possible for one person to produce a novelty display t…
  • I've seen the issue before but it was so long ago, I don't recall exactly what I did to fix it. The issue for me was that the index table was scrambled. The tools I was using had automatic index table sorting turned on by default. I had to create a …
  • I wonder if the ß will evolve to match the requirements of the ẞ. Even though the ß doesn't need to be differentiated from the B the way ẞ does, type designers might nudge the ß to make it visually relate more...to keep everything on brand by lettin…
  • However I do feel formal education can potentially stunt the proper development of one's original voice... Sorry if this is off topic a bit but I've experienced this and seen it happen to others in classical animation college. We got the Disney sev…
  • I've been a full time time designer since 2003. I quit my day job and went for it. I've never released a typeface that wasn't free that I'd describe as a hit. It's a mix of moderate sellers and low sellers. My technique: sit in a chair and put in a …
  • S2 but balance the thickness of the verticals a bit more with the rest of the typeface. The top right seems too thick. Q2...try using the same thick slug for G. S5 as 5
  • This isn't science but... I think Dafont's popularity has been steady or increasing. I get about 20,000 downloads a day. If I average the number of daily downloads over the last 12 years, it's 13,256. And my fonts are much lower on the charts than …
  • @Hrant H. Papazian I see what you mean about the G. The Q has that thick slug that looks appealing and speedy...maybe something there?
  • The Z in the example on the last page is better than the one on the first page. The G is the weak link. I don't know exactly what to do with it. I feel like the letters are speeding and G is braking.
  • If you need to bulk up two weights above your heaviest interpolated weight, it can be quicker to export the boldest instance, create your heaviest weight then use FontLab's blend tool to generate the intermediate weight and then manually clean up th…
  • I think Schadow was the first one (1931) but I've noticed it in early 20th Century fat Bodonis like Normandia (Novarese) and Falstaff.
  • It's always nice to see a mainstream article about type that's not just about Comic Sans or Helvetica.
  • But in real texts, hardly any Latin v or e comes after a Greek Lambda … If I add Lambda, Delta, Alpha and Cyrillic A to the A group, I've added zero kerning pairs. Sure, I'll never need to kern Lambda against v* but I've saved all those other kern…
  • I make left and right groups for glyphs with identical or very similar sides. For example: "A_left" includes all Æ glyphs, Delta, Lambda and Æ. "A_right" same as left but with Alphatonos and no Æ. I name them left and right because that makes more …
  • 1: Before I quote, I send a test font with 3-4 glyphs. The client suggests revisions, we go back and forth until the client is satisfied with the design. Occasionally I'll do a quick interpolation test so they client can decide how many weights they…
  • One reason you're having difficulty with this typeface is that it's a difficult project. While imitating a centuries old style isn't the hardest thing in the world, you're trying to add you own creative twist to it. But what you're discovering, as I…
    in Rue Charon Comment by Ray Larabie May 15
  • The O Make the thick parts a little thinner and make the curve slightly less square. It's probably the same thickness as the left side of the C but with this kind of typeface. Logically, an O can be created by mirroring the C or D but usually doesn'…
    in Rue Charon Comment by Ray Larabie May 14
  • Now that FontCreator supports both curve types, the only critical component that's might be missing is interpolation. Is that correct? I don't think it's capable of axial interpolation. An aspiring type designer will eventually get to a point where …
  • I think some glyphs are quirky and fun and others look plain and staid. If this were my project, I'd scrap the lowercase. The lowercase doesn't make a lick of sense. I like BDGKNRSTUZ. If you make the other letters match that style, you'll end up wi…
    in Rue Charon Comment by Ray Larabie May 12