Revival – the latest

revival-01.jpgMy Garamond effort

revival05.jpgStempel Garamond

Finaly I’ve digitized the lower cases from the tracings I talked about in my previous “revival” post. I’ve tried to remain as close as possible to the original drawings but there where some major mistakes in my drawings and I had to redraw some of the shapes from scratch. You can compare for yourself and tell me if you think this is a good revival. Don’t be too tough on me as this is my first ever attempt at type design and there is still loads to be done to improve it.



Appart from getting used to the slippery bezier curves I had the pleasure to find out all about the “metrics window”. The metrics window is where you tell every letter the exact space within which it will live. That means that at the same time you define the space between the letters. A good way is to start with the ‘n’s and the the ‘o’s. Make a line of ‘n’s (nnnnnnnnnnn) and space them so that there is opticaly the same amount of white between the letters and inside the letters. Then do the same with the ‘o’s. Now you can start spacing all the others by placing every letters between the ‘n’s and the ‘o’s. So if you start with ‘a’, you will look at: nananoaoao. Then you go to ‘b’ and: nbnbnbobobo. You must go through all the letters and you should get evenly spaced characters.


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