Posts in category sans-serif - page 9

Diamond

This design started with trying very specific diamond shapes but soon took on more irregularity to deal with the size constraints. 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.

Cushion

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.

Conapt

I love observing typography in the real world and building signage is one of my favorites with a special place for Neutra, Clarendon, and Century Gothic.

My first attempt at this - again in BASIN this year (2019) - looked very much like my other sans so I took a second stab this time at a futuristic one and it came out rather well. The name - Conapt - is taken from Condo and Apartment joined together which has been used in various sci-fi movies as their name for compact housing and it has a distinct Blade Runner feel.

I tweaked the font in 2020 to correct some alignment and style issues (r,x,V etc) and added the semi-bold and bold weights.

This font works well for titles and lists as well as long blocks of futuristic prose.

Compression

I drew these fonts back in the day, and I’m not sure I ever published them before, probably because the limitations of 4 pixel wide fonts mean that you don’t get much originality. There are plenty of other fonts out there like this, including the Spectrum Tasword font as well as Screen-80 and Highspeed80

The idea with these fonts is you use a renderer that can draw half-width to double the amount of text you can display on-screen for a Commodore 60, that would be 80 characters, for a Spectrum that would give you 64.

The typeface is available in regular, short, and tall variants. A square version of each is also provided.

The simulated samples here only support 8x8 mono-spaced fonts. They do not show the intended usage of this typeface.

Can be seen in Scroll of the Time Lords.