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Ted Cunningham

Changes to Arizona's Numbers

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It's been my impression that Arizona's current number font is not terribly popular with the majority of members on the boards. (Am I right in thinking that?) While I don't think they're the best-designed numbers I've ever seen, I think they do have quite a bit of potential. I don't care for the pointed serifs, though they do balance out the weights of the various numbers and, along with the rounded parts of the counters, add a certain character to the set. And, as a rule, I don't like open-topped 4s. So, with a skew toward giving Arizona's numbers a "throwback" or classic look, I made changes to the set. I'm not a designer by trade, and I certainly don't claim to understand the intricacies of type design (especially intentional design to improve readability, etc.), so I am open to any and all C&C. The original Nike set is on top, and my variation is on the bottom:

 

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I think perhaps the most changed and potentially generic number in my update is the 4. I didn't know exactly what to do with it, but leaving it open wasn't an option so as to not break my rule. Ha. I realize that with Nike's original, the angle of the left side of the 4 appears to match the angle in the 7 and 9. In my version, I kept the crossbar at the same height, but closed the top. I think there are a lot of variations for the 4 though:

 

AZ4s.png

 

I think of the 6 options here, no. 2 may be the one that stays closest to the original while closing the top.

 

Anyway, thoughts?

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I feel like it's either #5 or #6 because of the bottom serif (like on the 7).  My personal favorite is #5.  You may want to flatten the point on the left side?

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#3 is the closest I think.  Just make all the spikes squares, and that would be 3.

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