Hello! As part of a side project, I've started making a handwritten font. I've worked on this in evenings and weekends for nearly two months now. Discovering how much work it is to do well, I'm wondering if it's worth going the extra mile and offer it for sale. There's a ton of handwritten fonts out there, so I'm wondering what yet another one would have to offer. What purposes do you think a font like this could fulfill?
I also have a technical question. Because the glyphs are all more or less straight on the baseline, the font looks too mechanical to me. I could arbitrarily move each glyph a bit up or done a bit, but I'm not sure if that actually increases the handwritten feel or just makes it look random and wonky. Any tips for making variation in vertical positioning look natural?
I'd definitely enjoy the learning process of working on this font a bit longer. But doing it well enough to release it also requires a bit of tedious spacing and including glyphs I wouldn't need for my own project and the effort of actually promoting it. And I'd need to pay for a Glyphs 3 license.
Anyway, I'd appreciate your expert opinions on how to proceed with the design too. I'm well aware that I'm far from done with spacing, that the lowercase thicknesses don't look coherent and that I need more contextual alternates.
As this is my first post, I'll include a little background about myself. I'm a user interface designer, meaning I have a lot of experience with applying typefaces and with creating vector drawings. Making my own font has been on my mind for about 15 years now. It's every bit as hard as imagined it to be. Learning the technical bits of it has only increased my respect for real typeface designers. But now I'm learning about what makes a font work well, I want to do all that.