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The design of the KVN-Westgate typeface originated from the concrete lettering on the gates surrounding Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. These gates were constructed when the market underwent renovation in the mid-1900s. Having endured for decades, the lettering on the gates represents both the history of the market and the growth of the city, formerly known as Saigon.

Inspiration: https://republi.sh/#westgate

<COMPLETED - NEED SUGGESTIONS & IMPROVEMENTS>

Base height: 8 pixel
X-height: 5 pixel
Descender: 2 pixel

23 Comments

This is the West Gate of Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City - Also my INSPIRATION

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Sun, 3rd september

Interesting idea. The lowercase letters need a little work on some pairs (with glyphs like f, s or t), IMHO.

Comment by elmoyenique Mon, 4th september

Very nice recovery work you did here pal. I'n not too sure about the design of your slashed "Ø ø". Seems quite odd this way to be honest, also this way it fills the couter of the glyphs too much as well. Also your font's actual "Slash" glyphs use a diagonal stoke.

Why not mach the slashed "Ø ø" with the font design?

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 4th september

@Sed4tives: WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT SOONER???? Anyways, the Ø ø are fix now, it looks much better. I have to learn a lot more from this.

@elmoyenique: I have to admit that it looks a bit weird, the f is fine, I just have to fix the S, s and t, and maybe Kerning too.

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Tue, 5th september

@elmoyenique & @Sed4tives: Should I create some alternate letter such as a single-storey "a"?

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Fri, 8th september

Why not? I usually try adding such alternates.

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 8th september

@Sed4tives: Where do you usually put the alternate letters? I've thought of some great idea for them.

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Fri, 8th september

I usually put alternate forms in the private use area and half width full width block.

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 8th september

Just added 10 alternate letters to my font, I have a lot in mind...

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Sat, 9th september

@Sed4tives: What do you think about those alternate letters I made?

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Sat, 9th september

So far I think they look good..

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 23rd september

I know that it is inconvenient to text you right at the comment sections (or the Fontstruct Lives)

I want some help with this, I want to make some bricks to connect the two upper side of the M to the middle part of it, but I don't know which bricks to create.

Hope you can help.

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Sun, 29th october
Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Sun, 29th october

To shift 5:1 you shouldn't make composite stacked bricks but resize the sloped bricks and nudge/rotate them into position to bridge the gaps!

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 29th october

In case you wanna do it from composites, thats the diagram to do it!

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 29th october

You can also do it in 1x5 rows using the 45-45-90 degree triangle bricks in this arrangement:

◣□□□■
■◣□□■
■■◣□■
◥■■◣■
■◥■■◣
■□◥■■
■□□◥■
■□□□◥

■ = square brick, □ = empty, ◣ = Cut Corner 2, ◥ = Cut Corner 4

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) Sun, 29th october

True!

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 30th october

Thanks, Sed4tives and BWM, I used Sed4tives's composites method, I just have one more question.

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Mon, 30th october
Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Mon, 30th october

Hoover cursor over the composite brick in the palette an press shift+click the brick. This pops up a small brick composition layout of the used bricks, somply click the unwanted parts in the composition. They light up in yellow when you can click them.

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 30th october

@Sed4tives Can I message someone?

Comment by anonymous-1438277 Mon, 30th october

@Sed4tives: Wow, I haven't heard about it, and it's also work perfectly, thanks for the help, appreciate that!

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) Mon, 30th october

More info here.

Comment by elmoyenique Mon, 30th october

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