separator typeface

Separator font design with free download

Thought I would never finish my new font Separator. From the original idea to completion, It’s been a long time and a hard slog, finally it is finished.

I wanted to create a typeface with no no curves. Why? why not? Crazy bastard.

Everything with a single stroke in the same weight. A technical look n feel is what I’m after, with sharp angles. Everything with equal emphasis.

It’s never going to work

No curves? Apart from each end point — you won’t find any curves. Its all straight lines.

It gives separator a hard edge. It has no expressive contours keeping it clean and simple. I suppose its a bit like Din light, with a smidgen of courier.

Well done – what took you so long?

Designing in illustrator first and the tedious work of copying characters from illustrator to glyphs app. It sucks balls.

It’s not glyphs app fault — it’s an amazing program. It’s my fault, with my reluctance to switch drawing from illustrator to glyphs.

Its never too late to change things

Once all the characters were designed and pasted into glyphs app I thought, this is way too thin. I don’t’ like it.

Dammit. Back to illustrator, more changes, copy,paste, copy, paste, copy… Sweet baby Jesus.

And that’s what took me so long.

I nearly gave up.

I stuck with it, cleaning all the weird paths and points, creating extra glyphs for other languages and all the other nonsense that goes with it.

And it was done. hell yea. No time to celebrate — I wanted multiple weights. Time to jump in and learn the agony and ecstasy of multiple masters.

What are multiple masters?

If I’ve got this right, you create two versions of the font and glyphs app creates all the other weights for you.

It sounds easy to do, it’s a simple enough idea — annoyingly it was a ton of extra work.

When you create the masters you have to resolve issues between them. Each point in the regular version must have a corresponding point in the bold version.

For some reason points go missing, extra points get added, these must be fixed. Bollocks.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Once finished, it was really satisfying to let glyphs app create the additional weights. Bloody awesome feature that in the long run saved me so time. I will be doing this again.

Time to kick serious ass and see what we can do with this little font — let the games begin.

Conclusion

Sometimes it’s hard to see how something will turn out. You just have to try it. Hopefully, you’ll get something good, if you are very lucky you might get something awesome.

With separator, I have a few niggles — I always do. Some of the capital letters are too big, the lowercase descenders are odd and the kerning is nonexistent.

On the whole, as an experiment, I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I’m still just scratching the surface of font creation. There are things that are going way over my head. That annoys me, hopefully it gets easier — I certainly hope so.

Try the free demo font

Get the free bold version of the typeface by posting a tweet, and if you like it, consider buying the full version.

Separator – Buy the full commercial font £5

You can get the full commercial version of separator, It’s a steal at £5 for the whole family. That includes Bold, Regular, Thin, Light and extra light. Font format is .otf.

Buy Separator

That is all.

Comments:
  • That’s why we built Fontark.net.
    Cutting off 90% of the unreasonable copypaste work and endless tuning with unsuitable tools. 90% of it gone, no kidding.
    With Fontark you’ll be dealing mostly with all the subtle typography and design related issues that makes a font a great font since drawing, manipulating and adjusting is so simple, immediate and intuitive.

    Love that Separator font! Hope your next one will be made with Fontark :)
    Cheers

    May 26, 2014 at 11:32 pm