RM Uncialic +ॐ

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by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ)
Cloned from RMWL Uncialic by p2pnut.

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Ray Meadow’s gorgeous take on uncial script is one of the best large-scale fontstructions ever released. The font has character, wit, and charm to spare and surely deserves all the attention and adulation awarded it by fontstructors and paying customers alike. Like any great work, it compels us to look closely and savour the details.

Inspecting Ray’s work, I sensed a range of mostly minor refinements and exacting adjustments that might make this gem shine all the more brightly. So, in the spirit of camaraderie, I requested permission to apply myself to a clone of his work in order to bring forth and share some of these suggestions. Approached in stages, the task of polishing this stone to my liking spread out over more than half a year.

My main goal was to smooth the modular geometry out as much as possible, address some stroke weight and contrast issues throughout, and rebalance specific forms. In many cases, I use custom composite and advanced stacking tricks to fine tune the curves of these letterforms. Upon studious inspection, a wealth of tweaks are revealed. I suspect that setting basic words and sentences is now an even greater joy with this version, and pray it will be of benefit and inspiration to make Ray’s great work even better.

The total effect strikes a greater unity between the uppercase and the lowercase. A few letters are significant departures from their starting points (K, k R, W) and offered both as suggestions for the mains and ideas for alternates. After so many hours of exploratory modulation, I am pleased to share this technical feedback with Ray and the fontstruct community*.

*For now cloning is off until I can communicate with Ray about the best approach to take with this. Hopefully we can find a way to share this without attracting a torrent of rip-offs.

Info: Created on 16th October 2011 . Last edited on 8th May 2012.
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Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 1st May 2012
For one second i thought you had found a miraculous way to make it on small scale and "real" curves... with your incredible skill in these
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 1st May 2012
:) I (and others) can probably do some mind-blowing things yet with real curves – and it remains my only true inspiration in fontstructing...yet no way currently exists within fs to generate such a variety of “curved” letterforms as Ray constructed with his Uncialic. This version is simply the smoothest linear approximation possible.

You yourself have become quite the master of uncovering novelty within the small spaces of the curved bricks. Cheers for the quantum leaps you have taken in honing your skills and evolving your own typographic palette to such a great extent!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 1st May 2012
Stunning.
Comment by aphoria 1st May 2012
Chapeau!
Comment by elmoyenique 1st May 2012
And the Alhambra's arabesque background works fine with the celtic letters. Great mixture.
Comment by elmoyenique 1st May 2012
@aphoria, elmoyenique: Thanks for the praise. I think it’s the strength of Ray’s work that is shining through, here. :)

Elmo, good eye! I was particularly pleased with the happy marriage of these distantly related traditional motifs, both stunning in their own rights.

I wish I could enable cloning to share the inner workings of how these fine adjustments were made. But then one would need to compare it side by side with the original and at high magnification to gain much from this.

@meek: How about adding an “outline display mode” in the standard preview widget? I find it such a useful mode within the fontstructor itself. This would allow better sharing of techniques without needing to configure the entire CC license around this goal – and then risking unsavory knockoffs.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 1st May 2012
@williaum : thank you so much for your warm words. I'm deeply touched and honored.
Just read you worked 6 months in it, it's more than "camaraderie", it's devotion!
I think we share here the same problem but at the other extremity of the spectre: the very low resolution of the preview widget that massacres details on my intricate fonts make very difficult the task of seeing clearly the improvements you brought to the original because i think most of defaults you corrected were already "disappearing" like by magick in the previous version due to the low resolution (like when we see perfect circles in the widget when actually they're badly polygonal).
I hope you understand what i mean despite my bad english
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 1st May 2012