I know, I know. You saw my final piece for the Fictional Letterforms project in the last post, but it was at the bottom. And the post was long, so maybe you got bored. I just want you to give it the attention that it deserves. So this is the newest member of the alphabet, “skuh.” It was developed using the humanist typeface Adobe Garamond Pro, a real beauty.
Initially there was no descender, the bottom of the tail was on the baseline with the “v”-shaped portion. It simply looked too cramped, so I drug the tail down to the descender line, and everything got better. Also, I had to fight to not lose the slender portion of the bottom of the bowl, I didn’t want this letter to be a fatty in an otherwise lean typeface.
Feedback during the critique was this:
- set width is a little wide: I agree with this. Perhaps it would look better positioned between the “V” and “W.” However, it wouldn’t always be in that position, so a little more consideration of that aspect would have helped out my letterform
- the crotch: the valley in the “v” portion of “skuh” is round. Where the bowl and tail meet, and where the bowl and the stem meet, there is a sharper valley. these certainly would have benefited from a softer angle
- does it look like several letters smashed together? does it? I mean, technically it is, I grabbed parts of several letters and created something new. Is it too obvious though? overall I’m happy with “skuh,” but it’s possible that the bowl is too much of an “O.” if I’d taken more time with it, it’s probable that the bowl would have developed into something much more unique.
Definitions for Project 2, Font Mannerisms.
Postscript programming language; outline font technology
Open Type font format which allows multiple style and character variations to be contained in a single file (Lupton, p. 80)
Typeface design of the letterform; the visual design
Font: a set of characters. in digital type, the font is the character set itself or the digital information encoding it (Bringhurst, p. 233).
Glyph a specific expression of a given character
Connotation an emotional association; fonts are chosen to communicate a certain emotion or trigger a response
Denotation a dictionary definition; fonts are chosen to communicate the literal meaning of a word
Modern Type abstract, less organic; characterized by thin, straight serifs, a vertical axis, and sharp contrast between thick and thin strokes (Lupton, p. 46)
Transitional Type abstract, less organic; sharper serifs and a more vertical axis; high contrast
Humanist Type letterforms are closely connected to calligraphy and the movement of the hand (Lupton, p. 46).
Slab Serif: an abrupt or adnate serif of the same thickness as the main stroke… hallmark of the so-called egyptian and clarendon types (Bringhurst, p. 238)
Sans Serif: without serifs
The below are several families of Baskerville: Roman, Italic, Bold, & Small Caps
Now, check out the rest of my super awesome book on Baskerville. It’s the best thing you’ll look at all day.
Here are comparisons about the different anatomical structures throughout the type families.
And finally, this. Using the Baskerville type families, I’ve illustrated two words: Explosive & Systematic.
I’m nearing the end of Project 2: Type Mannerisms. Part 3 required that I use my chosen typeface, Baskerville, to express a word. I chose “explosive” and the attached PDF is what I came up with after a 30 minute charette. I didn’t quite make it to 25, the required number, and I realize it’s because I spent too much time making things clean & perfect. As Dan said, “work isn’t precious.” I’ve gotten too used to treating everything I make as the end goal, but I’ve discovered that when I destroy work & recreate it, it usually improves.
The above letters are the ones that I contributed to our group project. The style category was “geometric” and these were the letters I found to contribute, the ones that we felt best fit our category and description. I apologize for the poor cropping, butttt see my next post that has the entire PDF of the alphabet. It’s way cooler than this post.
Also, see my previous post: Geometric. Project 1. for our description & links to my partners’ blogs! Sam & Reem both found some amazing letters that completed our group project.