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Would like to hear your thoughts about my first font :)

Nov 17, 2013 at 22:13

I made my first font (http://www.dafont.com/irregularis.font) about a year ago.
It took a few days using Font Creator, so I'm by no means a professional type designer.

I would like to know what you guys think of it, and how I can improve it, change it in anyway, in terms of both design and coding.


Nov 17, 2013 at 23:44

No comment on design. You make your things as you like so who am I to judge? Nah, why the difference in width in for example the slash and the brackets?

Coding? It lacks kerning, which would be a great improvement. But, worse, read this and shiver, 52 glyphs have one or more problems (not including off-curve extreme coordinates):

Simple glyph index $0006
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 47
Contours with unknown direction
(977,0, 1176,0)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0007
Intersecting coordinates
(343,8, 1354,1)
(337,2, 1451,7)
(345,0, 875,3)
(344,5, 765,8)
(347,7, -8,9)
(342,1, 105,5)
(244,0, 4,0)
(245,8, 121,7)
(247,1, 794,8)
(259,8, 892,1)
(250,7, 1305,6)
(244,7, 1428,7)
(559,5, 1398,4)
(554,5, 1298,5)
(553,4, 831,5)
(561,0, 709,5)
(557,8, 153,6)
(561,0, 28,6)
(458,2, 7,5)
(464,1, 121,3)
(460,8, 752,9)
(460,0, 872,6)
(466,3, 1437,7)
(460,9, 1344,6)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $000D
Intersecting coordinates
(383,4, 1264,8)
(530,8, 1262,7)
(520,0, 1264,6)
(520,0, 1261,4)
(455,6, 1201,0)
(394,0, 1259,4)
(458,9, 1329,6)
(394,0, 1262,6)
(505,5, 1285,6)
(506,2, 1244,0)
(408,5, 1169,8)
(479,5, 1314,2)
(507,4, 1166,7)
(408,5, 1241,2)
(409,0, 1283,8)
(430,3, 1307,7)
(508,3, 1281,8)
(410,6, 1355,4)
(505,6, 1354,7)
(505,6, 1280,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0029
Intersecting coordinates
(152,0, 890,0)
(148,7, 891,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0034
Intersecting coordinates
(969,9, 69,9)
(852,4, 21,4)
(889,0, 154,4)
(758,4, 124,1)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0035
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 50
Contour index 1; point index 7
Intersecting coordinates
(99,0, 384,3)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0047
Intersecting coordinates
(757,9, 1215,5)
(747,6, 950,3)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $004A
Intersecting coordinates
(731,1, 245,0)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $004C
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $004D
Intersecting coordinates
(119,5, -379,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0050
Intersecting coordinates
(1290,1, 569,3)
(611,7, 221,2)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0056
Intersecting coordinates
(391,2, 509,7)
(383,5, 515,3)
(420,2, 190,9)
(435,6, 220,1)
(440,8, 238,3)
(148,1, 524,0)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $005B
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 1
Simple glyph index $005D
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 49
Simple glyph index $0063
Intersecting coordinates
(636,9, 1431,4)
(601,6, 1318,6)
(278,8, 286,9)
(239,0, 159,6)
(711,3, 1405,1)
(673,5, 1283,7)
(343,4, 223,8)
(306,5, 105,5)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0066
Intersecting coordinates
(609,7, 565,6)
(466,8, 558,0)
(427,2, 647,5)
(631,0, 656,9)
(516,1, 371,7)
(385,5, 371,4)
(425,7, 460,9)
(561,2, 465,2)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $006D
Intersecting coordinates
(756,6, 734,3)
(815,5, 717,6)
(822,0, 701,6)
(734,1, 644,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $006E
Redundant points
Contour index 2; point index 50
Contour index 3; point index 7
Intersecting coordinates
(627,0, 493,3)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0071
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 38
Contour index 0; point index 39
Contour index 0; point index 40
Contour index 0; point index 41
Simple glyph index $0076
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 6
Contour index 0; point index 7
Contour index 0; point index 14
Contour index 0; point index 15
Contour index 0; point index 16
Contour index 0; point index 17
Intersecting coordinates
(539,0, 714,3)
(644,6, 1357,0)
(419,6, 1445,4)
(765,0, 1357,8)
(837,3, 1360,6)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $007A
Redundant points
Contour index 2; point index 8
Contour index 2; point index 9
Simple glyph index $007C
Redundant points
Contour index 1; point index 28
Intersecting coordinates
(419,8, 1148,7)
(417,8, 1334,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $007D
Redundant points
Contour index 1; point index 28
Contour index 2; point index 39
Intersecting coordinates
(419,8, 1148,7)
(417,8, 1334,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0086
Intersecting coordinates
(492,0, 1331,8)
(397,0, 1445,8)
(659,6, 672,6)
(621,7, 786,0)
(800,0, 1,4)
(804,6, 115,5)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0087
Intersecting coordinates
(574,4, -3,1)
(527,2, 11,5)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0090
Intersecting coordinates
(90,7, 661,3)
(96,5, 742,4)
(190,1, 655,4)
(193,2, 747,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $0098
Intersecting coordinates
(1069,5, 1264,1)
(302,0, 70,5)
(220,0, 119,0)
(984,6, 1328,4)
(998,9, 1171,9)
(361,4, 169,1)
(287,6, 216,9)
(931,6, 1233,7)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $009E
Intersecting coordinates
(172,4, 1230,5)
(198,0, 247,0)
(103,2, 414,4)
(90,5, 805,7)
(79,0, 1109,7)
(79,0, 1128,9)
(205,3, 336,1)
(180,7, 1129,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00A6
Intersecting coordinates
(844,3, 24,9)
(642,1, 818,4)
(555,3, 446,2)
(547,8, 472,0)
(548,9, 479,9)
(555,6, 522,8)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00A7
Intersecting coordinates
(339,2, -2,8)
(304,4, 8,2)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00AC
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $00AD
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $00AE
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $00AF
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $00B0
Intersecting coordinates
(642,6, 902,3)
(732,5, 814,4)
(493,2, 1238,5)
(580,6, 1304,0)
(519,1, 1174,3)
(605,9, 1223,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00B8
Intersecting coordinates
(698,1, 854,9)
(182,2, 110,9)
(139,2, 156,0)
(645,2, 900,5)
(640,1, 785,1)
(235,9, 192,9)
(191,8, 232,0)
(596,8, 827,0)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00BE
Intersecting coordinates
(180,4, 1052,3)
(199,2, 336,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00C0
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 8
Contour index 0; point index 9
Contour index 0; point index 10
Contour index 0; point index 11
Contour index 0; point index 17
Contour index 0; point index 18
Simple glyph index $00C4
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 25
Simple glyph index $00C6
Contours with incorrect direction
Contour index 1
Contour index 3
Simple glyph index $00D9
Intersecting coordinates
(317,2, 272,8)
(216,0, 272,4)
(216,1, 365,0)
(315,9, 363,2)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00DB
Intersecting coordinates
(662,4, 697,3)
(724,7, 771,0)
(817,7, 923,6)
(825,4, 1182,4)
(1127,7, 9,2)
(1172,2, 76,5)
(1123,7, 752,5)
(1099,9, 713,7)
(1486,3, 125,1)
(1183,9, 516,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00DD
Redundant points
Contour index 2; point index 19
Simple glyph index $00DE
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 19
Contour index 1; point index 57
Contour index 1; point index 87
Contour index 1; point index 101
Intersecting coordinates
(209,4, 1385,7)
(808,2, 1250,7)
(755,9, 1352,4)
(493,8, 1320,7)
(495,0, 1074,9)
(430,0, 1305,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00E0
Intersecting coordinates
(117,4, 137,0)
(756,5, 143,6)
(829,8, 61,5)
(814,0, 60,0)
(109,9, 57,3)
(105,5, 57,1)
(78,2, 57,9)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00E4
Intersecting coordinates
(318,1, 10,5)
(283,5, 2,5)
(257,2, 23,6)
(287,9, 125,6)
(495,6, 481,3)
(417,0, 515,0)
(658,5, 966,2)
(590,8, 985,5)
(777,4, 1480,6)
(815,9, 1349,9)
(806,6, 1314,6)
(805,1, 1309,5)
(762,3, 1195,9)
(748,8, 1168,0)
(686,5, 1245,2)
(690,6, 1254,1)
(660,6, 1194,2)
(665,6, 1203,9)
(676,5, 1225,0)
(731,1, 1383,4)
(899,5, 1599,1)
(836,6, 1666,3)
(847,1, 1670,2)
(890,3, 1666,7)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00E9
Duplicate contours
Contour index 1
Simple glyph index $00EC
Intersecting coordinates
(315,1, 558,9)
(200,3, 408,7)
(318,9, 712,1)
(224,1, 586,1)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00ED
Intersecting coordinates
(320,3, 559,2)
(208,7, 413,1)
(316,4, 702,2)
(209,4, 560,0)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00EF
Redundant points
Contour index 0; point index 49
Simple glyph index $00F1
Intersecting coordinates
(1218,0, 954,5)
(1254,5, 797,6)
(1249,9, 664,0)
(1214,4, 406,4)
(1126,9, 234,7)
(1131,3, 1188,2)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors
Simple glyph index $00F2
Intersecting coordinates
(829,5, 508,8)
(829,1, 490,4)
(777,6, 204,5)
(778,7, 744,4)
Contours with incorrect direction
Unable to perform this test due to previously detected errors

Edited on Nov 17, 2013 at 23:49 by koeiekat


Nov 18, 2013 at 06:30

It looks like most designers' first font. You stuck your toe in the water, but didn't swim. It's no better, nor worse, than a thousand other hand printed alphabets.

The large number of glyphs is a nice touch. Technically, it's about average for a free font from a first time designer. It would look a lot better if you edited the glyphs in your font editor; there are too many unnecessary nodes, which make the lines too rough. I don't use FontCreator, but you should be able to right-click on a node, and delete it. Less is more applies to the nodes that define your contours.

What the M looks like:



What the M looks like, after two minutes of editing:



~bobistheowl


Nov 18, 2013 at 19:50

I see what you mean. Deleting some points might make the characters look smoother, but in this case, the irregularities is what makes the font characteristic and somewhat unique. Hence the name "Irregularis".

But thanks for the feedback!


Nov 18, 2013 at 22:45

Actually, Baville, the irregularities don't make you font somewhat unique. They make your font the same as every other rough edged hand printed alphabet that isn't edited after the source graphics are imported.

Your font isn't terrible, for a first effort. It could, however, have been better, and we'll expect that from your next one.

~bito


Nov 19, 2013 at 09:51

Baville, when importing an image set your smooth filter for tracing on smooth or super instead of none. You will still preserve most of the irregularities you like so much but you will get rid of most every node that does not add anything to what you mean to achieve.



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