New to this forum although frequented Typophile every now and then out of general interest while it was up and running.
Myself and my partner @Shauna Buckley
have a keen interest in typography and type design and in an effort to learn more have started drawing admittedly amateur letterforms. At this stage we’re mainly working for our own enjoyment and in the hopes of improving.
This is our first attempt, purely an exercise in drawing the forms, any and all feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
The arches in the top and bottoms of the a shape are too symmetrical and kind of dull. Bring the lower arch up where it connects to the stem.
The way the tails of g and y almost touch the bowls creates unsightly dark spots.
f and t are narrow and r is wide.
C and G feel like the came from another font. Make them less 1957ish and more Philco superellipsy. The crossbar on G is about twice as wide as it needs to be and it sits a little too high.
Lower the crossbars on A and B. This isn't an art deco typeface.
This isn't a UI or wayfinding typeface, so the tail on l is unnecessary.
The circle tittle is just silly and distracting.
The upper stroke of S and s extends much too far to the right.
W is narrow and w is wide.
The simple form used for K and k isn't working at all.
I would also replace the tittles (the dots on i/j) with solid dots rather than open circles.
I personally disagree with Craig's comment about keeping /l narrow. I think the loop ought to extend further.
I would also condense /m, /w and /r. The /m should be condensed because it's a lot wider than any other character, and /m should always be slightly more condensed than /n, thus providing a more even texture and color (distribution of black on white). The /w should be condensed for the same reasons. As for /r, it leaves such a big gap underneath its arm that this will also cause an uneven rhythm, texture and color. Condense it slightly.
B/E/F/J/M/N/O/Q/R/S/T/X/Z should also be slightly condensed, or perhaps the other capitals slightly expanded. Not all capitals look balanced in terms of their dimensions. For example, the B looks bigger than A.
Also, just like you did with A/V/W, make all the rounded capitals a bit bigger than the rectangular ones so they look optically the same height. Again, rounded shapes look smaller, so this should be compensated for. You seem to be doing this correctly in the lowercase letters.
K/k look awkward. Either place a small horizontal stroke in between the stem and the diagonals, or let the top diagonal connect with the stem at the bottom, and let the bottom diagonal connect to the other diagonal (a grotesque K, as seen in Helvetica).