My client wants to add three new weights to and existing 12 font family. I remember struggling with the whole family naming and style linking process for the original twelve a couple years ago and these additions have me worried…
The original set contained roman and italic Black, Bold, Semibold, Regular, Book and Light weights. They want to add Extralight, Thin and Hairline.
The numerical weight value for the existing Light is 300. If I use the FL defaults, the next lighter weight values are Extralight - 200, Thin - 100, and then Ultralight back goes back up to 200.
I don’t understand this progression. Would I get into trouble if I went with Extralight - 250, Thin - 200, Hairline - 150 instead?
And another concern — I am starting to draw the Thin glyphs and I am realizing I don’t quite have the fidelity I would like for these really thin stokes. I am thinking about changing the UPM size to 2000…
But is is smart to do that when all the rest of the family is set the standard 1000 UPM?
I have a lot of drawing to do but I would feel better if I could figure out some of these technical issues in the mean time and could really use some advice!