Posts in category sans-serif

Lander

A 2021 alternative-take on the 80s-flavoured NASA-style typography. Unlike previous typefaces in this style (see Also Consider) this one takes a softer and more rounded approach on the upper-case and a more traditional humanist look on the lower-case.

The result is something that still feels like that 80s idea of space but is much more readable and approachable and therefore works quite well for text adventures and large copy while still punching out style when the capitals or ALL CAPS come into play.

Watchface

An alternate take on Hourglass inspired this time by Hoefler & Co.’s Decimal typeface that captures the feel of many classical watch faces.

This type is incredibly readable and classy although a little tight vertically that could do with an extra row between lines and maybe even a proportional renderer.

Works well in all kinds of titles, prose, etc. and would suit many a text adventure too.

Hourglass

Up to this point all my sans fonts - well most of my fonts at all really - have used at most 6 vertical pixels for the x-height and typically only 5 pixels. This is because you need a row for the space and then another row for the dot on the i and then another for descenders.

Well what if we sacrifice the ‘i’ so we can make the x height one pixel taller? The ascenders start to suffer but we can always help that out by curving the join back down before it meets the ascender (and descender) to give it a longer appearance.

This was my first go at tackling that in making a sans that is very clear. I decided to just remove the dots from the i and j and give them a small serif instead. The end result looks a little like Geneva on classic MacOS on comparison and I couldn’t resist borrowing the lower-case w design.

An extra line of vertical space can help it breathe a little and the proportional FZX also looks smart.

Chit

I thought I was done with clean sans-serif designs having done a fair few. Imagine my surprise that when reaching for a sans-serif I found none of them quite fit the design I was looking for. ZX OCR-B came close but felt a bit too narrow in places and had those very distinguishable marks. I turned to Carton which had the wrong flourishes, Plotter was closer in flourish but was too wide and the condensed version too forced. I wanted something that would feel more proportional and go with the extra spacing than stretching everything out - something a bit more like ZX Palm but not so narrow.

And so against all odds, here is a smart, new sans-serif in 2021 for your consumption and pleasure.

It comes with with a bold weight, smart numbers and punctuation left-shifted for better-looking paragraphs and prose.