Font Designer – Andi AW. Masry

Andi AW. Masry

Interview with Andi AW. Masry

What inspired you to design this typeface?
The unique shapes of fruit always look very interesting as an individual display or group composition. In this case we can understand why a chef or housewife often puts beautiful fruit compositions on the dining table. On the other hand, we find at least 26 characters (a–z) in a name of something which composed on every word through the sentences. his project will try to combine both. Several unique shapes of fruits were freely inspired in the shapes of standard characters. You can see it on the graphic below.

In this project‚ I do free observation the shape of fruits and combine those with supposition way when people made handwritten ...

Are you influenced by some other typefaces when you design your typeface?
Calcite™ Pro by Akira Kobayashi has been inspiring the base code of characters. In this project, I do free observation the shape of fruits and combine those with supposition way when people made handwritten.

What techniques did you use in the creation of your font?
This font was created the same way as Coomeec™. Honestly, the Coomeec idea was germinating while I was designing this font. I drew directly with BRUSH tools (playing with Simple Curved and Shaped Body with width 250 points; angle 80 points; and roundness 100 points). Then, I adjusted some thicknesses and adapted any requirements for whole characters.
The next process step included: organizing the classes, adjustment metric and kerning, a few bit Opentype features, hinting, organizing font info and generating.

But in practice‚ I’ve found that it will become a candidate for “nice” text too :-) ...

For what applications would you recommend your typeface (posters, text, newspapers, advertisements, etc.)?
It is a single font. I began designing the font for the purpose of creating the TITLE in a book, banner or poster. But in practice, I’ve found that it will become a candidate for “nice” text too :-). It is what encourages me to design more weight versions.

What are the unique details which you think distinguish your typeface?
In this version, I have several notes which distinguish with them following are:
1. The common characteristics: roundness in majority of terminal, bowl, body of character
2. “Freestyle” uppercase: B, D, E, F, G, P, R
3. “Freestyle” lowercase: e, g, k, r, w
4. Standard ligature: fi, fl, ff, fj, fr, ffj, ffr. and discretional ligature: st, ct, sp
5. Contextual swash for “final” characters are: k, and r
6. Several complete standard open-type features are: aalt, cpsp, kern, locl, sinf, numr, frac, dnom, pnum, tnum, sups, case, cswh, swsh, ordn, calt, liga, dlig, ss01, hist, zero, ornm

What was the reason for you to give the typeface its name?
I chose FRUITY (main name representing the fruity basic shape and the performance of the font), and GREEN to support the natural element in the main name. Full name: FRUITYGREEN.

Anything else you would like to share?
My native language is Indonesian and I don’t have much experience with any other major world language. So maybe we can find some mistakes in the font I designed. Of course, I always welcome more and more constructive criticism. Thank you.
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