A few years ago, I was first hit by the creative urge to make a faithful sans companion to Garamond — not just another humanist sans tipping its hat to the old master, but a sans that really was
Garamond. I was going to distill the pure essence of Garamond. Unfortunately, my skills weren't up to the task back then (Typophile veterans might remember).
Now, after completing a display Garamond (Cormorant) and a sans (Quinoa), I feel confident enough to try again.
My current plan is to start with a low-contrast family that starts with the monolinear «essence» for large display sizes on the light end of the spectrum grows into a robust text-capable workhorse at heavier weights. I'm working with these two masters — Hairline
— and adding a third, intermediate master via the brace trick in Glyphs wherever necessary (for instance, to restrict the strong thinning of shoulders to the heavy weights).
Beyond that, my stretch goals are:
- An Italic.
- A high-contrast family branching off the same Hairline master, but with a new Bold master. First experiments (see below) seem promising.
- Adobe Latin 4 and Cyrillic coverage.
- If I can pull it off, a third master (Black) for heavy weights beyond Bold. Not sure if the æsthetics of the essence would survive that ordeal, though.
Now, since I will base this project off the existing chassis of Cormorant, I am bound by contract to release this typeface under the Open Font License as well. Unfortunately, Google Fonts has apparently spent all its budget for commissioning new typefaces this year, so I can't get funding through that channel anytime soon.
Dave has suggested getting some crowdfunding from Kickstarter
, though. Do you think that could work? It has worked for other typefaces in the past... (Though from what I can see, the successful projects are significantly smaller in financial scope than what Google pays...) Do you have any experiences with Kickstarter yourself? Can you recommend it?