Posts tagged with family - page 4

Nicety

I originally designed Nicety back in 2006 for the BASIN package as a resource for authors but felt the need to polish it up somewhat with all new semi-bold and bold variants in 2018 in preparation for ZX Origins.

It is a nice clean easy-to-read sans-serif that is a little condensed. With a standard 8x8 renderer it looks quite spaced out but, with a proportional renderer, it can look great.

Having three weights of a font isn’t typical for an 8x8 font so if your adventure or game requires a couple of levels of emphasis this can be a great option as all three are highly readable and consistent.

Invitation

A 2019 creation designed in BASIN for anything wanting a clean flowing italic font.

Unusually this font includes both serif and sans-serif in italic forms. Italics have long given me trouble and a serif italic was a challenge but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Both serif and sans-serif are highly readable for titles and long runs of text and the serif bold is a useful addition. Being able to switch between them in a text adventure - one for descriptions and another for dialog perhaps - would be cool!

Franopix

A 2005 creation for BASIN with aggressive styling and flair - I’m sure there was some specific inspiration for this one but I’m at a loss as to where it came from.

This font works well for titles and lists but can be a bit extreme for large runs of text. Having bold and non-bold can help add some variety to lists and titles.

Everest

This font started life in 2005 as “Tall Order” and “Tall Order Bold” before being brushed off and two new condensed variants joined. The font was also renamed to better indicate this is a font that is all about the height and little consideration is given to the descenders.

Wordplay aside this font works quite well although those descenders do feel a bit awkward. Given we’ve used all the pixels there isn’t much that could be done unless your custom renderer can draw p, q, y, and g 1 pixel lower. Alternatively use the FZX renderer with the already tweaked FZX version of the font included in the download.