Posts tagged with 1990s

ZX Palm

The original Palm Pilot went on sale in March 1996 and sported 128kb of RAM, a 16Mhz Motorola MC68328 processor, and a tiny 160x160 monochrome display. Such a low-res display necessitated a small bitmap font, and the 16MHz CPU meant they could easily take advantage of proportional rendering to squeeze even more on-screen.

The crispy clean font they came up with remained unchanged through many years of Palm’s success across many devices until the platform moved to Windows CE.

I recreated the font using BASIN, and it is almost identical except for a few tweaks to the descenders. I transposed both the regular weight and bold weights. To take full advantage of these fonts, you should use a proportional renderer such as FZX.

ZX Sierra Quest

I love point ‘n click adventures and, seeing Sierra’s Quest for Glory recently put me on a mission to squeeze one into the 8x8 grid.

The majority of the characters just fit. This font was just about squeezing in those pesky descenders.

This font works well for anything you can throw at it, and a proportional renderer would be the icing on a cake.

This typeface stars in Day of the Sleigh.