Posts tagged with 1980s

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.

Syncwave

I must have encountered the joy of Synthwave music a year or two ago and it’s quite heavily dominated what I listen to each day as I code.

Spotify’s constant stream of neon-infused album covers glowing on my face dominated by pink and blue, rain and reflections have definitely left a mark and this is my second attempt at a reflective font. This one took quite a different path with high contrast vertical strokes on one side and the darker part on the top.

It’s not bad for titles and a few sentences. Avoid lists and large blocks of prose.

ZX Venice

If I had a cent for every time I’ve gazed upon one of Susan Kare’s fonts and felt inspired…

This font attempts to capture the essence of her iconic Venice 14pt typeface and squeeze it down to 8x8 with some mixed results. It captures the feel but, unlike many other 8x8 conversions, this one had to take quite an artistic license to cram it in. It captures some of the flavour, if not the flourish and grace of the original.

ZX Chicago

Susan Kare’s iconic Chicago shipped with the original Apple Macintosh in 1984 and was the standard system font until MacOS8 replaced it with the TrueType Charcoal look-alike. It did receive a dust-off in 2001 to become the primary font on the newly launched iPod range.

I created this font around 1990 using Artist II on a Spectrum +3. Chicago wasn’t quite so iconic back then, and the real challenge was trying to get a 12-pixel high proportional font into an 8x8. (MacOS has a 9pt ‘Chicago’ that is devoid of the distinctive bold flair). In order to retain the tall, narrow style, I reduced the character widths. I later created a more relaxed ‘wide’ variant too. In early 2021 I added a “Twiggy” variant based on screenshots of the Mac prototypes that sported an earlier version of Chicago.

It achieves the job of looking like Chicago while not being too similar at a pixel level. It’s the feel of the 12-point font using some of the style from the 10-point. I’d think this is what the 9pt should have looked like with some tweaks for mono-space and low-res readability.

This font works well for titles and large bodies of text, although, could benefit from a proportional renderer.