I have had to reconsider the yellow and blue labels. The thing is ... that no matter what else is going on, the font HAS to be easily read, by everyone, The facts are ... that this particular font may be currently too small for that (both in height and in stroke), the available real estate is severely limiting to accommodate two labels per key, and the text block borders, well, let's just say that this is a close one, and so, and so on. Bottom line is that the font could be sized up a little bit, maybe 10-15% in height, it might be a good thing to utilize some version of bold, and of course it should likely be a true type condensed font. (I have found that overriding by manually compressing usually tends to produce letters with jagged edges on the curves).
So the the borders ... while visually appealing ...well, its a function first, form second kind of thing. I still want them ... but if they were to go, all would still be OK. The menu key differentiation effect can still be achieved by the use of the max black, full gloss text relief background technique (re the HP-42S).
So besides reworking the menu label text fonts, I have also started in on Layout 1. (AutoCAD, turns out, can do a lot ... if you keep picking away at it.)
As an aside, regarding the keys themselves ... would you happen to know the type or class of coating being used to print ...? Thanks in advance.
Lastly, when you get a chance,could you pull out your 35s and look it over. I'm sizing up the fonts on it as a reference ... and would like to know what you see/think. Thanks again
D A MacDonald
Mar Eng, Designer, CANADA
HP35, HP41C, HP28S, HP35s. PC: HP15C, Free42, WP31S, WP34S
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