I recently took a Type Design class and this was made during that. I'm originally a Visual Designer, always loved picking fonts and searching for those with personality so I took a class.
1. A text typeface with a high x-height.
2. Aimed somewhere between UI and Print(did some print proofs and kinda looks ok even under 10pt).
3. A bit of personality but not too in the readers face.
4. Elegant but not serif.
5. Full formed numbers.
*also dropped in some alternatives.
So this were my criteria when I started, I don't have any historical reference what so ever.
Kerning is still in progress.
Thanks in advance for taking the time.
In the lowercase, the two-story g needs some work on the tail, and the second y looks out of character to me.
Always be sure to flip your design vertically to catch problems of balance.
Roger that @Thomas Phinney still tweaking the spacing I just wanted to mention I did not do any kerning on it.
Thanks a lot @Vasil Stanev for the details! You underlined some of my suspicions! and yeah numbers are hard to shape.
C is leaning forward but c is okay. Both S and s are leaning backwards (it is OK for reasons of tradition for S/s to lean slightly forwards, but backwards it not normal).
I can’t comment on which spacing is better without knowing what the intended “design size” is for this typeface. That is, at what size should the spacing be ideal? And for screen or print? Yes, you can intend it to be versatile, but for any given usage, the spacing will be optimal at just one size (or size range). You need to know what that is and aim for that. The g-h spacing would be fine for quite large “display settings” while the i-j spacing might work for body text sizes on screen. So neither one is necessarily wrong—they just don’t go together.
Why is the top cut of t is reversed?
The tail of single-story g feels to narrow and shy, could be wider to the left.
These soft Kk are kind of weak (imho). Perhaps, this strong alt.y-ish corner could work better? Same for R.
Serif in A is too small, won’t work in text sizes.
S is unbalanced, s is better.
Q and r are awesome!