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Christian Thalmann

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  • Re: Is this a 'w' ?

    I do not think that it are the stems by which this kind of w can be best distinguished. Please take a look at these w’s here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninastoessinger/4712988808/ Or have a look at ITC Bauhaus. In these designs, the stems of w are upright instead of diagonal, still they do not resemble the style discussed here.
    When I hear "stem", I'm thinking of something rooted on the baseline with a solid serif foot. That might be too narrow a usage, though, given that I've heard the term "round stems" for what happens in /o in contrasted faces. Is there an official term for my narrow definition?

    Ooh, how about "shouldered /w", then? Since it has a shoulder at the top of a vertical stem like /n and /r.

    Thierry: I'd say I'm a CH4; we certainly had those lowercase-style /M/N. I abandoned script writing as soon as I could, though. Semiconnected scrawling for the win! ;)
  • Tesserae — an experiment in modular variable fonts

    With work on Quinoa drawing to a close, I've allowed myself to indulge in a little side project that's been bumbling around in the back of my head for a while. It's a typeface made only from five elements: a square and four corners, used as components to build all glyphs. One could then use stylistic sets to swap out these elements to radically change the flavor of the typeface, or build in a number of variation axes along which one could hollow out, expand and contract, rotate and jiggle the elements for live visual effects (not implemented yet).

    Here's what the first draft of the basic alphabet looks like:


    And a few variations:





    Actually, now that I see those last two examples, I'm tempted to make a spin-off typeface based on this piping principle that connects the free horizontal lines between letters wherever possible...  hm...
  • Re: Coolangatta

    The PDF won't open on my machine.

    Judging from the low-res picture, I'd say the /n and /u are still too wide in the heavier weights, and the Bold especially would profit from some optical corrections. The /a and /e are very dense, for instance, and stem/bowl junctions tend to clump together.
  • Re: Traction: A text font with grip and bite (in development)

    Abraham, the progression looks good to me. I think a fine sampling of middle weights makes a lot of sense for a text font, since those are presumably going to be the most-used weights, and a typographer might appreciate the option to fine-tune the color of the text.

    For instance, Traction Book has a Baskerville-like razor crispness to it, whereas I would probably prefer Traction Regular at smaller sizes or on low-resolution screens.
  • Re: Council for German Orthography officially allows use of u+1E9E

    … many, if not most, of the Dresden realizations out there range from suboptimal to downright ugly,

    Sorry, but this is downright nonsense.
    Hyperbole, at most. :grimace: