Posts in category serif - page 2

Polaris

In April 2020 an individual behind the Phantasy Star retranslation project named Maxim reached out to see what could be done about the boring font in the Sega Master System game.

The brief was futuristic but old which were quite at odds with each other so I took a few cues from the Phantasy Star title screen and went with an angular theme that still spouted plenty of chunky serif flair.

This font works surprisingly well for blocks of text, titles and headings.

Can be seen in Phantasy Star English Retranslation, and The Nightland.

Mutual

Created in mid-2019 as a different take on a serif font that exploits the full width and some additional flourishes.

It works well for all types of text. An additional one pixel of vertical spacing would help the font breathe.

ZX Benguiat

I created this font in 2019 in BASIN as an adaptation of the ITC Benguiat typeface.

Benguiat was heavily used in the 80s on Stephen King novels, “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, and Star Trek shows. Most recently, Benguiat headlined as the red neon logo in Netflix’s love letter to the 80s - Stranger Things.

Adapting this particular typeface into 8x8 was quite the challenge going through many, many iterations. At one point, I almost caved and considered dropping lower-case but persevered. Thankfully it got to the point I felt more confident and showed a screenshot to professional font designer David Jonathan Ross of Input, Fit, and Font of the Month fame, he guessed it was Benguiat first time.

Mission accomplished.

This font works great for titles, text, and prose and still looks great with a regular mono-space renderer.

ZX Times

The Times New Roman typeface is ubiquitous, being default fonts installed on pretty much every platform under the sun.

Designing this typeface in 2018, the challenge was developing a bold serif in 8x8 that didn’t just look like a generic bold serif but retained the style of Times. Between the oval 0, the double-story “g” and subtle contrasts on angled lines.

The font works well in many scenarios where you want a bold, formal look.

It features in Corey Coolbrew.