zakya eYe/FS

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Black and rounded display font. Made with 2:2 filters, x height = 2 bricks (yes, truly), UC height = 2,5 bricks, and descenders = 0,5 brick. Plus: "ff" and "tt" ligatures placed at the "fi" and "fl" glyphs, and a lot of kern done but more in progress. Enjoy, please.

PS: Thanks to @Sed4tives for his continuous, selfless and very helpful help on improving this font. I'm in debt, compa!

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Black and rounded display font. Made with 2:2 filters, x height = 2 bricks (yes, truly), UC height = 2,5 bricks, and descenders = 0,5 brick. Plus: "ff" and "tt" ligatures placed at the "fi" and "fl" glyphs, and a lot of kern done but more in progress. Enjoy, please.

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 1st december
Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 1st december
Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 1st december

A lovely font with some lovely (and clever) samples~

Comment by tortoiseshell Sat, 2nd december

@tortoiseshell: Thanks a lot, pal! Glad you like it!

Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december
Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december

Such a wonderful classic bold style... reminiscence of a long foregone era with typographic painting, litho's and old books.

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 2nd december

@Sed4tives: Thanks for your always kind words, compa! But I don't understand why you said "reminiscence of a long foregone era with typographic painting, litho's and old books." I'm a little slow at these things and I don't know if you're referring to a pre- or post-Bauhaus or Art Deco style that we see here lately... I'm sure it's my fault.

Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december

The Gill Sans font (with whose bold version some small similarities with my "zakya" could be found) was designed in the 1930s and only shares that temporal reference with fonts inspired by Bauhaus or Art Deco. With it, Eric Gill offered a groundbreaking conception in typographic design that has lasted until today and has elevated him as one of the great typographers in History.

Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december

Yes, but its far greater level of personalized and stylish elements and design features aren't very "New Typography" style. But show much more resemblance with for example lettering in old children's book covers.

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 2nd december

BTW why is the the Tilde horizontally flipped?

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 2nd december

Oops! My fault, @Sed4tives. I was stupidly testing what the glyph design would look like if it were like this with the ripple inverted... and then I didn't change it back to its original state!... Age don't forgive. Thank you so much for pointing it out so kindly, I'll change it right away. (How clueless I aaam! 🤦🏻‍♂️)

Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december
Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 2nd december
Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 2nd december

Sorry elno, something goes wrong when trying to include a gif.. I don't know why!

Rob?

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 2nd december

This is a static image version of all 4 frames from the gif

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 3rd december

@Sed4tives: Done. Thanks a million, compa! (Your helpful advice made me stay up a little late today, but I'm happy.) Any other suggestions would be welcome.

Comment by elmoyenique Sun, 3rd december

What about his my friend?

More humanist capital letters B and Eszet.
Both have more natural and longer curve transitions and better optically curve to stroke weight balance. Also removed brick edge overshoot from your Eszet's top part (highlighted in red).

There is no “B” in symmetry, and it isn't spelled "Bathematically". 

Not a letter that is happy to be assembled from identical parts.

— Optical refinements in new glyph proposals:
• Redined bowl (curvature) shape / size
• Stroke weight / modulation
• Optically reduced joints

One should really that 10 minutes for reading this article about the anatomy of the letter B, and letter anatomy in general. (IT IS VERY HELPFUL & EDUCATIVE):

The Letter “B” — The Architecture Behind

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 3rd december
Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 3rd december
Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 3rd december

Arch... this could all have been conveyed much more efficient. Obvious..  But heck, that just isn't in my nature. Sure it could've been far less visually appealing. And with a lot less actual hands on visual feedback that helps making sense of it all. And of course, it cost me a FontStruction of my own makings in terms of time spend doing this. But it was actually a petty fun little side project to break the typical routine. I enjoyed it

Cheers

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 3rd december

Dear @Sed4tives, Thank you so much for every second of your precious time you've spent improving a few glyphs on my font and for those great demo samples you've so generously gifted me/us. I admire the time you have dedicated to it, thinking that it would be almost impossible for me to do it so well and so quickly (btw, when you sleep?). And I'm glad you liked doing it. As you will see, I have partially followed your suggestions, moving back the upper part of the B (the drop in the curve that your suggestion presented did not completely convince me, I'm sorry) and the same with the curve of the ß, redoing it using some of the bricks suggested by you. Tell me what you think of my options, if it seems good to you and is possible (I'm open to changes), the same as any other suggestion. It's the only way to get better, I know you know that. I'm in debt, compañero. Thanks again and cheers!

Comment by elmoyenique Sun, 3rd december
Comment by elmoyenique Sun, 3rd december

I'd say you did a very nice job there, the differences between both our solutions are minute so yours work just as well with improving rhythm. And I don't deal in depts my friend, you helped me in the past, I helped u here, all good friends in the end..

Help is simply there whenever the possibility presents itself.

Cheers compa!

PS: I don't need sleep, I'm a machine!

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 11th december

Meek accidentally missed this font, definitely deserves a purple star.

Comment by Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff) Wed, 13th december
Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 23rd december

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