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Hourglass

Up to this point all my sans fonts - well most of my fonts at all really - have used at most 6 vertical pixels for the x-height and typically only 5 pixels. This is because you need a row for the space and then another row for the dot on the i and then another for descenders.

Well what if we sacrifice the ‘i’ so we can make the x height one pixel taller? The ascenders start to suffer but we can always help that out by curving the join back down before it meets the ascender (and descender) to give it a longer appearance.

This was my first go at tackling that in making a sans that is very clear. I decided to just remove the dots from the i and j and give them a small serif instead. The end result looks a little like Geneva on classic MacOS on comparison and I couldn’t resist borrowing the lower-case w design.

An extra line of vertical space can help it breathe a little and the proportional FZX also looks smart.

Inkscript

This early 2020 typeface has sat around for far too long in the incomplete. As is often the case it felt like it needed something at the time but looking at it later revealed it’s already rather nice. Sometimes all it takes is fresh eyes and a reflection on the constraints.

This typeface is designed to look like a flowing brush script with plenty of wet ink. It is available in two weights and works well for most scenarios. I personally love the upper-case ‘C’ which sets the tone for the rest of the letters.

Cabaret

Another 2020 started-and-published font that came from getting into the feel of the 1930s watching Hercule Poirot.

This font is tall with expansive open counters, and the 8x8 has severely limited ascenders and descenders as a consequence. It is available in regular, semi-bold, and bold weights, as well as a proportionally-optimized FZX version.

This typeface works well for titles, prose, and lists where a 1930s feel is desired.

Scribe

This is a recent attempt to take a hand-flowing form and make it look elegant and precise - as if it was written by a scribe. (The font I previously called Scribe was renamed to Parchment as it’s far too haphazard for such a name).

This font is a 2020 creation and works surprisingly well in titles, prose and indeed lists. It would work very well for a historical text adventure and shines on old CRT displays or emulators with CRT effects.

Bold, condensed, and smaller-lowercase versions were subsequently added, and then inspiration arrived for two further variations - an ‘Eire’ Irish inspired version and a ‘Hylean’ one taking cues from a Legend of Zelda Manga.