Grotesque design for critiquing

Hello All,

I've been working on a grotesque-inspired typeface design and am looking for feedback on the overall quality and any errors I may have overlooked. Attached are two specimens for your perusal, in regular and semi-bold. I wanted a bold but didn't draw it heavy enough to be considered bold, I'll probably do that after I get these two nailed down.

I have used grotesque designs like Bureau Grot, FF Bau and National as a reference but want this design to still feel and look original. If thats even possible in this category of type design?

Thanks in advance for any insight and help!


Note: I'm using the GlyphsApp to develop the design.


  • It's not bad overall. The regular looks a little light to me, the tail of Q is too small, as is the bottom part of g. Kmrs are a little narrow. I think its biggest problem is that it lacks defining features, though. I could help you clean everything up, but I think you should try to look for something that could set this apart from other grotesques, first. Try combing features that don't seem typically grotesque, just go a little crazy, and clean up afterwards.
  • Thank you for your input, Jasper. I'll see what ideas I can come up with to make it stand out a little bit. Cheers!
  • Hrant H. PapazianHrant H. Papazian Posts: 1,600
    edited June 2016
    To be honest to me this seems useful only as a learning exercise; every big and most medium-size foundries already produce one of these every month... How would you compete? Like Jasper says, try to introduce a new idea... as difficult and risky as that is.

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  • Joe ElwellJoe Elwell Posts: 25
    Thank you for your input, Hrant. It is more of a learning exercise for me. I realize now that I failed to state that in the first post! I've drawn other typefaces when I have the time (working as a graphic designer now) and am trying to develop a good eye for the basics,  continue to improve and possibly release a quality design in the future!? 
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