Hey folks, looking for advice on my very first typeface, Blueberry Sans 🙂DESIGN BRIEF
A clean yet friendly geometric sans serif font designed for user interfaces. While not stylistically innovative, it should nevertheless be high-quality – even, well-spaced, and with some energy. Blueberry Sans will be open source, and my ultimate goal is to give designers another high-quality free option where they may have reached for, e.g. Montserrat or Karla.
Blueberry Sans is multi-faceted, each facet contributing to its usage. The bolder weights are plump and ripe. The thinner feel are simple, round, friendly. The uppercase has a little more punch, a little less smile.
I teach UI design, so I also want to create a font that I can recommend to my students – free, good across a wide variety of situations (which almost certainly says neutral sans), no details SPEC
Weights: light, regular, medium, bold, extra bold, and black (no thin weight since they're much less useful in UI design) – currently 2 masters.
Starting with basic Latin characters – I'd rather get some feedback before finishing out the broader character set.
Ultimate goal is to be accepted on Google Fonts.DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS
PARTICULAR PROBLEM AREAS
- Simple, geometric letterforms
- Energetic, almost exaggerated curves in letters like /t, /f, /y
- Rounded counters, especially in bolder weights, give off a friendly vibe (I almost designed many of these glyphs "inside-out" – and also, does anyone know if this same idea is how the typeface Circular got its name? 🤔)
Everyone here has more experience than me, so I defer to you. But here's some of the issues I'm seeing
- Since I've had to adjust stroke thickness in the "busier" black letterforms, they often interpolate to the bold having stroke thicknesses that feel slightly uneven – e.g. /a, /g (should I just use a third master for /a? Is this common?)
- /2 feels downright ugly
- Do the arched letters (/h, /m, /n) need to match the rounded letters (/a, /e, /o) more?
- A lot of the black letterforms feel slightly wrong – like I'm making stroke weights equal where they should be unequal, or vice versa. Is there some general principle of designing bolder masters I'm missing?
- /s and /S are, of course, tricky – perhaps too narrow, with uneven curves (I think the Speed Punk tool would help here, though I can't for the life of me get it working)
You can also download the font download the Glyphs file and font
Thanks in advance!