Posts in category sans-serif - page 10
This typeface started as a 2006 BASIN production as Little Shadow, Little Shadow Bold, and Small Outline. I decided to combine them under a new name for this release - District - and produce a regular variant, the missing bold weight for the outline, and a squared version District Digital. Toward the end of 2020, I added a “Comic” style for further fun.
The plain styles work well in many scenarios, the outline works best as dark text on a light background, and the shadow requires that dark ink on a light paper to achieve the effect.
A 2018 digital take on the District font that started as just one variant but as the other styles of District grew it made more sense to split it out into its own so it could get bold, outline, and bold outline variants without making the former typeface collection too large.
While the font is not too dissimilar to District the angular and sharp edge contrasts give it quite a different feel and it is much better suited for tech-inspired scenarios. The non-outline versions work great for all scenarios and the outlines can work great for titles when the background is lighter than the font color.
This design started with trying specific diamond shapes but soon took on more irregularity to deal with the size constraints. When combined with the lower-case characters not joining up the counters, it took on a rough unpolished look, evoking old-time adventure.
The font works well for large runs of prose.
On reviewing many of the fonts for publication as part of my ZX Origins collection I noticed a dearth of softer fonts and Cushion is an attempt to address that.
Soft curves are difficult on an 8x8 as you either take one pixel off a corner or three - the former can look square and the latter triangular. As always a combination of tricks such as reducing the length of the horizontal strokes can achieve a more desirable effect.
This font works great everywhere and is very pleasing to read.