Posts in category sans-serif - page 8

Revelation

This typeface is a 2019 BASIN production exploring the gap between my hand-written (Journey, Marais, Homestead) and humanist-sans (Envious, Magic 5) fonts. As my hand-writing is somewhat of a print, this resonated well with me, and I was pleased with the result.

This font can be used for titles but looks best for long sentences of prose and would work well in a first-person text adventure. Given the small size of the text, it would also benefit from a proportional text renderer.

Plotter

As a child, I had terrible handwriting, and so I was drawn to the flatbed plotter at my school that would grasp a pen and then precisely draw gorgeously legible letters. I designed this font back in the 80s in The Artist II on my Spectrum +3 as a tribute to that device - our school’s PlotMate attached to a BBC Micro.

I ported this font to Windows and further refined it into Envy Code A. That led to Envy Code B, which in turn inspired Envy Code R. I also dusted it off in 2005 for the BASIN package and created a ‘Plotter 2005’ variant and a bold weight. The 2019 version takes a little from either, tweaks it and then unifies the style with the bold weight.

Both weights are easy to read, clean, and work in all scenarios.

Can be seen in Little Mouse Adventure, Escape From Dinosaur Island, Scout’s Honour.

Orbiter

I designed this font in 2019 using BASIN as a tribute to 80s NASA and the typography that adorned the iconic Space Shuttle.

While the shuttles no longer take to the skies their imagery is inspiring to this day.

This typeface works well for both titles and large runs of text although a couple of the more extreme stylization like the A might confuse in some scenarios. Having both a bold and non-bold gives a few extra options.

Nicety

I originally designed Nicety back in 2006 for the BASIN package as a resource for authors but felt the need to polish it up somewhat with all new semi-bold and bold variants in 2018 in preparation for ZX Origins.

It is a nice clean easy-to-read sans-serif that is a little condensed. With a standard 8x8 renderer it looks quite spaced out but, with a proportional renderer, it can look great.

Having three weights of a font isn’t typical for an 8x8 font so if your adventure or game requires a couple of levels of emphasis this can be a great option as all three are highly readable and consistent.