Im new to the type design world and this is my first go at something substantial. I have reached a point where I am not sure what isn't working with the typeface and I would really appreciate some fresh (professional) eyes to help point me in the right direction.
Any critique to help better unify this typeface would be really amazing!
Will be worth seeing this post first: Read This Before Posting A New Critique Thread
A more complete profile is appreciated in Typedrawers too.
For what I can see, it seems like Capitol was designed modularly with each part inspired by a different source that altogether still needs alot more work to look unified. For example the "g" and "c". I'm also seeing a lot of Clarendon. Then again, I'm also new to this so don't take what I say with too much weight.
thanks lucas your right that clarendon has been thought of but definitely not on purpose!
thanks for your advice I will do this right away! I guess setting it in different words presesnts different problems and it feels like I am getting nowhere!
You maybe right that I haven't studied a particular typeface close enough in that way, this is really great advice and I take it into account!!
Your serifs are pretty small and thin for a face this hefty. Unless you want to make this a spur-serif face like Copperplate Gothic, they need beefing up.
And Doyald Young's Fonts & Logos is a great guide to the anatomy of basic Latin letterforms and some of the challenges of drawing them. It's out of print, but you can get one for $120 on abebooks.com. I can't think of a better way to spend your money if you want to learn.
thanks max, I think the key parts that do catch my eyes are the stems and making sure they optically work. I should really repost a large scale image of the type since I am focusing on designing this face for display rather than body text. watch this space. Thanks so much for your feedback it is really really helpful!