This is my first Typeface, called Werk Grotesk.
My Approach is to create a sans serif inspired by the traditions of swiss typography, but with a more playful twist and full of character.
The subtle quirks and the tall x-Height make the typeface especially suitable for big applications like posters or titles.
Nevertheless the typeface should be legible and usable for body text aswell.
I started out with the regular-cut. The light, medium and bold cut are all drawn from scratch, without interpolation, because i wanted to understand how different weights work. I'm planning to draw italics aswell, but i have to read some more theory before.
Now i would love to get some feedback from more experienced Type-Designer!
Every feedback, tip or critique is highly appreciated!
If for text, I'd recommend looser spacing, and more open apertures in the counters of letters like /a, /e, /g, and /s.
- H may be a bit wider
- Lowercase "a" looks a bit leaning on the left (its upper "arm" should be shorter probably).
- Figure 9 also looks a bit "rotated" to the left.
- Figure 4 may be a bit bolder than the rest.
- Diagonal stroke on Q might be too heavy (it "appears" to me heavier than T horizontal for example)
- Counters of some letters look like having a bit of angled stress d, p for example, and that's probably because of different upper and lower joints with the stem.
Some of these points might be intentional, but I wrote just in case
And not related to your typeface only, I was always skeptical of the shape of R in Helvetica and its descendants. I feel that its leg kept a bit of humanist touch (unlike the rest of the typeface). Also, it makes the angle of the leg more upright (less distinctive R shape) and the joint with the bowl more problematic in terms of color congestion.
I often see a similar treatment of the Cyrillic (K, k) even in neo-grotesque typefaces, where they keep a kind of humanistic (fluid/twisted) form for the upper diagonal of K.
It will be a great typeface, keep up the good work!
Thanks for your feedback! The details you mentioned help me a lot to continue with the typeface. I agree with you that the typeface is somewhere between text and display. Especially the medium and the bold cut are a bit problematic in small body text. So the idea of different optical sizes and alternates is great, thanks for that!
Thanks for your feedback! You mentioned some good details i never noticed. This helps me alot to push the typeface further. :-)
I see what you mean with the Helvetica R. The leg almost has a caligraphic feel in the end.
I wanted to say that H is wider than needed, 4 is bolder than needed and the diagonal stroke of Q is bolder than needed, sorry for the possible confusion