Tldr; Help me identify elements/qualities in "I" that makes it seem belonged to this set
I am a design enthusiast, and to understand typefaces, I started 36 days of type.
The theme/objective is to create a bulky font, (heavy shapes with consistent thin flourishes.)
Process / Problem
While early explorations in illustrator, I liked the results with blend tool the most.
- I started with a cell of size 9x9px and created a grid
- For each letter I set the max dimensions to be 16 cells by 16 cells
- I wanted the shapes to be closed and have balance (I achieved this by introducing negative space in the shape by tweaking the outline, the stroke weights and blend options).
- "E" was the letter where the problem started, I couldn't contain it in a single shape while keeping the non-destructive nature of the blend, I started exploring halves and then later mirrored them to achieve the shape, but they seemed very boxy and sharp and not to forget the irregular blend lines.
After a few days, I dismiss these letters because they had elements that did not seem fit for this set.
I tightened the constraints and made sure that all the letters had the same stem width, the same stroke caps, similar curves and similar blend lines, result was (exceptions C and G, I like them wider than the rest)
As a result, I have managed to follow the constraint, but the design suffers, I don't like the current H, M and N (they all are dependent on "I", help me find a suitable "I" for this set., please)
- (left) When I squint my eyes/ look from a distance/ look at the mirror images/ blur the shapes, i notice the shapes aren't balanced, here the M, N and H looks very similar and are not legible
- (middle) When I invert the stroke color to black and give a bg of white, it just looks hideous. I felt like puking :(
- (right) filling the shapes create a good look imo.
- I am thinking of exploring ribbon like overlapping qualities