Consistent angles in my font

I’m early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice.

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All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout the font. The only place this doesn’t seem to work is in the lower case ‘a’ and ‘e’:

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I’m not sure why but the ‘a’ and ‘e’ here just don’t feel right. It feels a bit unnatural and awkward. If I flip the angle of the cut, it – in my opinion – looks a lot better. It looks more natural and flows easier:

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My only problem with this is my near OCD-like need for consistency. The angled terminals are now consistent across the entire font except for 2 lower case letters! So…

Am I missing something obvious with the lower case ‘a’ & ‘e’ that will make the angled terminals work the way i want?

Is my solution ok (and the problem is just that strangely over-rational corner of my brain), or is there a better solution?

Answer

Am I missing something obvious with the lower case ‘a’ & ‘e’ that will make the angled terminals work the way i want?

If by “work the way I want” you consider them be consistent, fluent and overall make an impression then your second solution is the one to go for.

Why?

  1. First of all the first one doesn’t exactly make a wow impression. As Milton Glaser once said, “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

  2. Secondly, I believe it’s good to have some kind of a style break within one style. Think of it as disruptors in book design, flyer design, etc. In this case, it’s the reversed angle on the cuts of your letters. These contribute the spirit of your typeface and brake the monotony.

Improvements

As for the improvements, if you really dislike the fact that only 2 letters don’t have a consistent style (though you really should not), then try implementing the reversed angle on the cuts on several more letters, maybe 2 or 3 more. Don’t over-implement it. I think you should test the way the reversed angle would work on the bottom cut on the letter ‘c’ (maybe even on the capital ‘C’ as well).

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Source : Link , Question Author : Cai , Answer Author : Banana Programmer

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