For the sake of elegance and user friendliness the wheel is being reinvented here.
I’m trying to come up with a clear and simple naming system for middle sized families:
- no Extra Extended / Semi Bold / Demi Condensed or other double worded names;
- trying to avoid long and similar looking words if it’s possible (Extended and Expanded; Condensed and Compressed – those look too similar and confusing in the menu, user have to read them);
- trying to avoid contractions or whatever you call it (Ext Exp Cond Comp Nar Bld );
- numerical systems are ok, but rather redundant unless you have about 7 widths.
(these rules can be bent if there are no other options)
Weight range is easy to do:
Semi / Demi
Super / Ultra
But what can you do with widths? Ben Blom’s system XXXNar XXNar XNar is good for really big families.
But what if there are like five widths? Then you’ll get only one X, meaning XNar and Nar, not so good. I like Narrow and Wide (shorter than Extended and Condenced), but how to add one more step on each side, except for Extra Narrow and Extra Wide? Are there any other words for that? Perhaps words that are unusual for font design, like Oversized or something like that?
A bit more specific question within the topic:
At the moment I’m working on a geometric typeface, its normal width with circlular O is quite wide. Would it be ok to use the word Text for a slightly condenced width? Like this: Narrow – Text – Normal – Wide – [Extra Wide]?