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Plotter

As a child I had terrible handwriting and so I was drawn to the flatbed plotter at my school that would grasp a pen and then precisely draw gorgeously legible letters. I designed this font back in the 80s in The Artist II on my Spectrum +3 as a tribute to that device - our school’s PlotMate attached to a BBC Micro.

I did originally move this font to Windows and then later refined it into Envy Code A which led through B and into R. I also dusted it off in 2005 for the BASIN package and created a ‘Plotter 2005’ variant and a bold weight. This 2019 version takes a bit of both and then tweaks it yet again and unifies the style with the bold.

Both weights are easy to read and very clear and work in all scenarios.

Can be seen in Little Mouse Adventure, Escape From Dinosaur Island, Scout’s Honour.

Plato

Serif fonts have often been challenging in 8x8 and I’m always trying to see if I can do something new.

I love the font Palatino and Trajan has a certain charm too despite Hollywood overusing it.

Taking a few cues from both I came up with a serif that’s a little different from the others with open counters, long tails, and subtle angles that hardly does the source material justice but still looks great given the constraints.

Emmaline

I’d already done Broadwary and two variants of Cinema - why another 20s art-deco font? Well, the simple reason is I don’t think either of them shows enough flair.

Created in 2019 this font contains more brazen curves and angles and is much more aligned with the actual ‘Broadway’ font created in the 1920s. It’s my favorite of the three and the extra bold heavy version is quite extreme. There’s also a more restrained bold and an open variant included too.

It works well for everything from prose and dialog through to titles and lists.

Beachball

I created this font in 2018 as a bubbly fun font that somehow reminded me of playing on the beach with friends. A short version was added in 2020 that keeps much of the original feel while dealing with descenders and vertical spacing a bit better.

It is mostly sans-serif with some subtle exceptions and chunky lower terminals and lower arms. This gives it quite a new refreshing feel for an 8x8 although a proportional renderer and an extra 1 pixel of vertical whitespace would make it shine.

This font works very well on title screens and could even work in a text adventure with custom font rendering to inject that extra line of space.

Can be seen in Crap Dice 3, Roque y sus Bloques and Northpole.