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21 February

Sakar – the origin of the serif

Spacing

“Another theory is that serifs were devised to neaten the ends of lines as they were chiseled into stone.”

Despite the popular opinion the most important thing in the seriffed/text typefaces are not the serifs themselves. The most important thing is the proportion of the characters which is true not only for the serif typefaces but for all of them. This is why we’ve been focused on the proportions and the color of Sakar and not so much on details like the form of the serif.

We’re ready with the proportions and the overall spacing (I know I will be sorry for this) so now we’re looking at the serif. In the current version of Sakar we have symmertrical wedged shaped serifs but after some extensive serif sketching, the asymmetrical slightly wedged serifs looks like a more logical decision in the case of a text typeface. I feel like those angled endings of the serifs would help the flow of text – pointing you in the right direction.

Sketches

The possibilities are endless, so now we need to weigh the pros and cons of quite a lot  variations.

Serifs

Here are just some of the serif types we’re discussing, so lets see what we will come up with in the following week. Stay tuned!

 

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14 February

Sakar – type in progess

TheTextTypeface

Finally we have the time to get back to this great but scary project we started few years ago and never actually had the courage (and time) to get on with it. The oldest version I found on my computer dates back to 2013 but I believe we started experimenting with it even further in the past.

Here are some of the version of the ‘a’ character we designed since 2013 – 2016. I tried to make an animated preview with all the instanes (30+) of the ‘a’ but it seems like animation is not my thing.

Sakar

Planned as a 4-font family – the classic Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic Sakar will come with a range of typographic tools like the obligatory small caps, lining figures, arrows, various numerals and extensive Cyrillic support with localisations like Serbian, Macedonian and Russian.

We first started drawing the Regular/Book weight as it is the basis of any type family, and we are just getting satisfied with the results so we’re getting closer to the next step – drawing the Bold and the Italics.

sakar text preview

Being our first seriffed typeface we’re now facing a lot of dilemmas like how much contrast is needed for a book/text typeface for long reading or how big the serifs should be in order to keep you on the line and thousand other things  we need to find an answer to.

oldstyle numerals

Currently drawing the numerals, and yes the zero.onum is quite wide!

We’re going to share with you this journey into the unknown or at least the not so well known land of seriffed text typefaces with a (hopefully) weekly update on what we’re doing with it so STAY TUNED!

 

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