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Hrant H. Papazian

Specialist in Armenian typeface design. Interested in multi-script typography, readability and notan... and everything else.


Hrant H. Papazian
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  • Re: Start Grotesque

    > You are right, the “e” diaeresis is still very rough and not yet finished. Do you see ways in which we could make this work better?

    I think Christian's idea is very good: taking on attributes of blackletter would give this a worthwhile novelty but with the validation of history. Like I would love to see an "h" with a descending right stem!  :-)
  • Re: A new transitional typeface needs a name

    Europeans are also good at becoming more American over time. :-)
  • Re: MyFonts and families

    It's time to create a better distributor.
  • Re: The Value of a Font Buyout

    @John Hudson Thank you for your generosity with the details. Those are some encouraging numbers (although it's possible your client was more into longevity than is typical).
  • Re: Start Grotesque

    Welcome to the world of type design!

    This makes for a great learning exercise, but to me it's too conventional to bother taking all the way to a finished product. As a beginner it's tempting to throw in novelty to escape conformity, but it paradoxically takes experience to know what works... Case in point: I think in this context the "e" diaeresis is just jarring.

    Your curve quality is pretty good (except in the "a" and "s" – two difficult characters) but I noticed the following vertical alignment issues: your "g", "j" and "y" seem to be descending to different depths; the caps are as tall as the ascenders, which makes acronyms stand out too much. Also, the "u" is too wide.

    Keep it up!