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Formal Roman

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by caliopigio
see also Zaps Code by AlphabeticalMystery, and dyslexia by sealrocks, and Jett by Izzy-sparks, and Sumateran Sans by Adien Gunarta, and Formal Roman Extended by AshKat, and Opirus Semi-Serif by opipik, and Experiment1-Elongated Ears  by opipik, and Formal Roman Edit by j4s13, and 5Romalien by winty5, and Enlarged Formal Roman by wuiyang


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An elegant and editorial serif font
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157 characters, 153 downloads
Created:
Sun, 9th May, 2:27 PM 2010
Last Edit:
Thu, 20th May, 10:11 PM 2010
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caliopigio
caliopigio Wed, 12th May, 2010

This is my first attempt of a serif font. It's base on the Minion Pro font.
I had in mind the kind of font found on old books. This isn't quite right, it's too stylish and light. But I can take a few lessons learned here.
I hope I'll have this finish by the weekend (if my boss and my conscious let me).
Enjoy, and please comment.

This is my first attempt of a serif font. It's base on the Minion Pro font.
<br/>I had in mind the kind of font found on old books. This isn't quite right, it's too stylish and light. But I can take a few lessons learned here.
<br/>I hope I'll have this finish by the weekend (if my boss and my conscious let me).
<br/>Enjoy, and please comment.

fugitiveglue
fugitiveglue Wed, 12th May, 2010

Wow. Valiant effort! I admire you for going where I would never dare, no matter how tempting it is. This definitely took some stamina and careful studying. It really looks beautiful and convincing at smaller sizes. The only characters that really feel disproportionate are all of the angled ones… A V W… but you already know this, and I understand exactly why they are. Really nice work. Way to make FS your beyatch!


caliopigio
caliopigio Wed, 12th May, 2010

Thanks.
One of the lessons I learned is that I have to construct the font around the "v, w, x, y, z". But I learned too late, I would have to retool all the other letters to do so.
Maybe next time.


caliopigio
caliopigio Sat, 15th May, 2010

The enhanced composition make miracles for all those ugly wide letters.


djnippa
djnippa Sun, 16th May, 2010

A nice effort, but it is exactly like Minion Pro, as you mentioned. As an idea - instead of copying something directly, which is a good excercise, why not do another version with more of your own style, flair and creativity on it.

A nice effort, but it is exactly like <b>Minion Pro</b>, as you mentioned. As an idea - instead of copying something directly, which is a good excercise, why not do another version with more of your own style, flair and creativity on it.

caliopigio
caliopigio Sun, 16th May, 2010

Thanks Nippa for the comments. 'formal' was a way to find out if I could make a serif roman font in FS. I choose an already design font to avoid that work and focus on the building, and also learn and explore the possibilities of the new features of FS 2.0.
I hope I can impress you more with my next project.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sun, 16th May, 2010

It's a noble quest, and a great achievement. Congratulations, but that's probably the closest you can get with FS to Bezier curves. At small sizes it looks almost like the original, but at close up some glyphs are too rugged; not your fault. BTW, Minion Pro is one of the most overused fonts around. I fully agree with djnippa. Having successfully mastered the Fontstructor, now it's time for your own designs. 10/10 for technical merit.


meek
meek Sun, 16th May, 2010

Very impressive. Another almost shocking display of what's possible with FontStruct 2.0. I like the inevitable ruggedness of the curves.


afrojet
afrojet Tue, 18th May, 2010

Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “formal” is now a Top Pick.


caliopigio
caliopigio Tue, 18th May, 2010

thank you all for the good feedback. Now I just want to finish this up (I hope to have the time to do it this week).


thalamic
thalamic Wed, 19th May, 2010

This is exceedingly impressive. I am tempted to clone it to see what you did, but cloning sometimes makes the bricks disappear in the original, so I'll refrain from doing so. But very well done. The amount of beautiful detailing is just unbelivable. The tail bulge of the 'y', the slight bent in the angle in the '7', the sweep in the K joint, flare in the 'v', etc., etc. I could go on and on. Good job.


intaglio
intaglio Wed, 19th May, 2010

... and I bet it increased your love for Minion. There's nothing like copying a masterpiece for increasing your appreciation for it.

And I daresay, you've learned all the areas of quicksand that Fontstruct leads us into if we don't look we're we're walking first! I say this mostly to myself -- I'm always being swallowed up in some new treacherous ground I thought was safe.


Abneurone Fluid Types
Abneurone Fluid Types Wed, 19th May, 2010

@intaglio : I am not convinced that the dictatorship of a font makes it a masterpiece : In every book, newspaper, magazine, even placards I look at, it is always the same Minion, Times new roman, Helvetica, Arial, Garamond, Futura, and other Univers. Desperately boring, weak, if not ugly (Minion and Times new roman are beautifully drawn I must admit, but Arial is for me one of ugliest fonts ever drawn and I really do not understand how the hell million of lobotomised people can use it.)
My interest in typography originated when discovering other more exciting ways were possible, some of these also became classics and are very much used in the world. For me the only real "classic" font to deserve the masterpiece appellation is the marvellous OCR-A which in fact with its scientific technical approach broke all the barriers of its predecessors and created what I could name "a new form of beauty". OCR-A is really the only font I can see everywhere and not being bored or annoyed. But it's surely the exception. Generally all of the other mass-used fonts have so many compromises to deal with they can only be so much restrained esthetically that any strength disappears, I am still intrigued that a so much extreme font like OCR-A could become one of these mass-used fonts, maybe because the compromises were linked to technical computer machines limitations and not to human brain !


Frodo7
Frodo7 Wed, 19th May, 2010

Congratulations to your second TP. Well done. Just to see how amazingly works on any text I've made a sample, by your leave (My Favorite Things, lyrics, as performed by the little angel, Connie Talbot).

Congratulations to your second TP. Well done. Just to see how amazingly works on any text I've made a sample, by your leave (My Favorite Things, lyrics, as performed by the little angel, Connie Talbot).

caliopigio
caliopigio Wed, 19th May, 2010

thank you all. You overwhelm me.


caliopigio
caliopigio Thu, 20th May, 2010

The Latin Basic set is done.


p2pnut
p2pnut Thu, 20th May, 2010

Nice work - and a well earned TP :)


xenophilius
xenophilius Tue, 15th March, 2011

Look out, ground! Here comes my jaw!


Agent Demonic Ladybug
Agent Demonic Ladybug Tue, 7th June, 2011

@neurone_error:

I agree about Arial. And I think Helvetica is far better.


opipik
opipik Tue, 8th January, 2013

Beautiful font.


winty5
winty5 Sun, 7th April, 2013

@AFT: Arial SUCKS! It looks horrible, like some retarded, blind version of Helvetica. Whenever I see Arial on a poster I feel like ripping up the poster and drawing up a new one using better fonts. And yes, Minion and Times are rather well designed but much too overused! Seriously guys, use some better fonts!


winty5
winty5 Sun, 7th April, 2013

Lol, that was a total rant.


wuiyang
wuiyang Wed, 17th September, 8:39 AM

is there any larger version of formal roman? im using with chinese font, it is too small for it