Sterile Timid r0.3

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My take on a thin sans.

It should cover all Western European languages (plus Hawaiian and Hepburn romanisation).

First pass at light kerning done, will be refined with use.

21 Comments

Obviously suggestions for improvements are more than welcome :-)

Comment by riccard0 Tue, 18th october

Nice! Waiting for this little kern.

Comment by elmoyenique Tue, 18th october

Thanks elmoyenique :-)

Suggestions on the worst offenders in terms of kerning?

Comment by riccard0 Tue, 18th october

This is a piece of beauty

Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 19th october

clean font, although lowercase and uppercase as if from different fonts. what about a more square version of lowercase letters with an open aperture? also, it seems to me, you can change 1 and 7.

Comment by Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff) Wed, 19th october
Comment by riccard0 Wed, 19th october

@Sed4tives Thanks :-)

@Dmitriy Sychiov Yes, that is the problem using curved bricks: there is no way to scale them between uppercase and lowercase. In this case (!) my main focus was designing the lowercase, and then trying to come up with a serviceable uppercase.

As for |1|7|, how would you change them?

Comment by riccard0 Wed, 19th october

Dear riccard0: I already know that many of the aspects related to the kern are completely personal and are often design choices. When I told you about the small details of kern, I was thinking about the daily use that I make of a font and what I personally miss in it (nothing essential, knowing the kerning adjustment functions that most modern editors of text usually have). With that being said, let me tell you what (IMHO) you would need a few kerning looks at in this beautiful work: A bit further apart are the YA, LT, LY, FA, PA, YA, LW, and LV pairs. Also missing is increasing spacing for almost all accented vowels (uppercase and lowercase) that come after W, V, Y, T or P. Most European languages ​​use this kind of vowels. Finally (much less important) the trios ifi and iti or pairs like Zw and Zv would have to be more studied; and there will always be something more to add, I'm sure. I add an image to visualize it. I repeat again that I understand that most of these details are design choices, I am only expressing here my humble opinion and my aesthetic ellections. Thank you for being so kind and responsive. Pretty samples, BTW.

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 19th october
Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 19th october

The work about kern never end...

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 19th october

6:00AM NO-GI

Comment by Ahiatt Wed, 19th october
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Sterile Timid r0.1” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Wed, 19th october

Congrats on the TP!

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 19th october

@meek Thank you for the TP!

@elmovenique Thank you very much for the pointers on kerning (some were oversights, at least one was an error, all of it is very useful). I am trying to implement as much as I can, revising the basic spacing in some cases. You are right: kerning never ends! (I wish there could be a command, like that for copying glyphs to accented characters, for copying spacing values...)

Comment by riccard0 Thu, 20th october
Comment by riccard0 Thu, 20th october

Wow! absolutely love this font, great hairline type. 

Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) Fri, 21st october

Can I make a comment.  on the lowercase "t"
I will add length on the crossbar to the right so that the glyph is more balanced otherwise I have the impression that he will roll and fall on his back ;)

on your last sample look at the words "Ligthness" or "two" to see what I mean

Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) Fri, 21st october

@Michel Troy Thanks! As for the |t|, I see what you mean. I already tinkered with the spacing, and enjoy the almost-connected-script appearance (plus, I am somewhat compelled to keep the |t| and |f| crossbars at the same lenght), but, as soon as I am at a satisfactory point with the general kerning, I will take another look at it.

Comment by riccard0 Sat, 22nd october

Delicate but solid work.

Comment by four Sun, 23rd october

@four Thanks!

Comment by riccard0 Mon, 24th october
Comment by riccard0 Mon, 24th october

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