yknot is a lowercase display typeface, inspired by loops and knots.
typeface development process
IDEATING DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
DEVELOPING THE KEY GLYPHS FOR THE
SECOND CONCEPT FROM IDEATION
INSERTING THE SKETCH INTO A GRID
VECTORIZING THE SKETCH + REFINING
MORE REFINING + FLESHING OUT THE CONCEPT
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 s a lot shorter to minimize clutter and create more breathing room.