3 Comments on “Park Francis”
Congratulations, Chris! You made the most out of a font that has quite some issues. For anyone who’s looking for similar fonts of better drawing quality, I recommend Neutraface Display (note that its lowercase holds alternative “low-waisted” capitals) and, wider and with a lowercase, the recently released BF Bonn.
I just looked at the Citarella Gothic Regular glyph set and see some of the issues you’re talking about (though they don’t appear present in Ultralight or Bold), but I still think the personality and character is still quite lovely.
Hi Melody! Citarella Gothic sure has lots of personality, and it obviously has worked for the designer of ParkFrancis. I’m afraid I see shortcomings in all weights, though.
It’s not only about the misplaced accents in the Regular. Take a look at the transition from curves to straights, in letters like J or U — they’re not smooth. There is no optical correction for joints, see B or a in the Bold. Overshoots are handled inconsistently. Spacing is way too tight (in relation to the interior whitespace, and the word space), and unbalanced. There’s some heavy kerning on top, which shows when it’s missing (for pairs like Vo), or when it creates overlaps (OV). Some non-English glyphs like ð simply don’t work. Sorry!