yknot is a lowercase display typeface, inspired by loops and knots.

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typeface development process

IDEATING DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

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DEVELOPING THE KEY GLYPHS FOR THE 
SECOND CONCEPT FROM IDEATION

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INSERTING THE SKETCH INTO A GRID

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VECTORIZING THE SKETCH + REFINING

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MORE REFINING + FLESHING OUT THE CONCEPT

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My initial idea was to make all the glyphs the same width except for a few exceptions (m, w, l, i, e), however keeping j, t, and f  the same width as the rest of the glyphs created an unintended incoherence. The prominent horizontal strokes of these glyphs made them look a lot blockier and wide even when they were the same width as the rest. Decreasing the width for these three letters created a much cohesive look to the overall typeface.

Similarly, the s was a bit problematic in the sense that there wasn't enough negative space in between the strokes, with the three horizontal strokes within the glyph. To address this problem, I made the upper right end of the a lot shorter to minimize clutter and create more breathing room.

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