Posts tagged with decorative

Byteletter

Artist II is the art program that got me hooked on creating fonts with its built-in font editor. I picked it up in a bundle with a mouse and interface from Datel in the 80s and could barely put it down. Artist II came with a few fonts - a bold font, a futuristic font, and most interestingly a Blackletter/Old English font that amazed me for so many years to come.

In 2019 I thought I’d try designing a blackletter, specifically the Textura style. I intentionally avoided looking at the “Old English” one from The Artist II to avoid similarities and I’m glad I did. While that font had narrow non-bold lower-case mine takes on a thicker more stand-out style. Both fonts struggle to get the necessary curves and flourishes in the capitals but with only 8x8 pixels your options are limited. It took quite some time and along the way I tried an alternative style which resulted in Scribe.

This font works pretty well for normal runs of text and prose but avoid using capital letters next to each other as the density can turn it into something quite incomprehensible.

Rosand

I designed this font in 2019 in BASIN as a fun straight-edge almost-chiseled feel with corners that keep on going and generous serifs.

This font works great for titles and small runs of text and at you can even use it even for low-density text adventures at a stretch.

Can be seen in Subcommander

ZX System X3

I created this font in 2019 using BASIN and it is based on the System X3 font by Paul Prue. It takes the concept of the magnetic ‘bump’ and puts it in unusual places with extra dots and unexpected curves and lines. The result is something quite aggressive and bold.

It works well for titles and small amounts of options/list screens but should not be used for large runs of text or prose.

Stars

I designed this font in 2006 for BASIN as an attempt to do a font with stars, and sparkle. Instead it became a 1920s-style Broadway font as if it was illuminated by light bulbs. Oh well, stars of a different kind.

A square variant was added in 2020.

It works surprisingly well on sharp displays however some of the tiny detail will likely get lost on CRT if that is your intended audience and it might just look washed out there.