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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.

Lapse

Formula 1 is a fantastic exhilarating sport and I was very much a fan in my youth. Seeing the Formula 1 docudrama on Netflix with my kids got us into it again and I very much appreciated their latest logo and typeface.

As always whether I could do this justice in an 8x8 is the challenge. Given that I already have Orbiter and Submerged as very open wide rounded-corner typefaces whether it would be unique another was another concern. It’s quite a subtle shift between the two but the extra curves and that distinctive lower-case “a” make it almost worth it but when combined with a bunch of weights and widths it makes for a distinctive set when you need some variance.

It works well for titles, lists, and info screens. Large blocks of prose can be difficult to read without fine-tuning the spacing with a custom renderer or using one of the narrower widths.

Anarchist

I’d played around with doing a heavier bubblier version of Beachball that didn’t come out how I wanted, so when I spotted an Amiga Demo by the group Anarchy featuring a bubbly heavy weighted text, I was hooked.

Originally this started as a blanket copy, but their font was a mix of upper and lower case letters. I positioned the upper-styled and lower-styled ones to their rightful positions and then designed glyphs to fill the gaps. I think this font has merit but isn’t an original creation given it takes ~36 characters as-is from Igor of Anarchy’s original 1990 design.

This font shines in a variety of scenarios but, at a minimum, needs an extra vertical line between rows of text. You can also mix upper and lower case to great effect.

I later created a shorter version of this font which still retains most of the feel. It eliminates the need for a custom renderer and provides the necessary line to breathe itself.

ZX Maverick

I ran into the FF Maverick on signage at Science World in Vancouver and had to take a photo of for later identification.

In 2019 I attempted an 8x8 pixel version, but it required a fair bit of back and forth until I found something I feel captured the spirit of it.

This typeface, despite the flair on capitals and numerics, is easy to read. Partly this is thanks to the restrained lower-case glyphs. It works well in all scenarios where you want a modern-looking bold font.