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Briem’s notes on type design: Casual serifs

We don’t want uniform serifs in this design. We’d lose too much of the rough, irregular look of the original. The baseline should be straight, however. (Trust me: I tried random bumps.)

Here’s a systematic approach to accidental results.

The black serif on the right rises twice as high as the black serif on the left. It is also a third longer. These two are our starting points. First we’ll make three variations from the the left one.

The first variation is twice as high. The second has a slightly curved slant. And the third has both the curved slant and twice the height.

Two variations on the second starting point are enough. One has a slightly curved slant. The other serif has it, too, and is shorter as well.

Put together, these variarions are all we need for a random effect. But you can add more if you like.

Notes on type design. Copyright © 1998, 2001, 2022 Gunnlaugur SE Briem. All rights reserved. Republished with permission in 2022 by Fontlab Ltd.