Posts tagged with flowing

Noted

So back in 2006 I created First Pass as a messy font that I would refine into a second pass but couldn’t pull it off. Here I am in 2020 and I tried the experiment again from scratch this time drawing with the mouse in a single pass and then just moving a couple of pixels if needed.

The result is quite a pleasing hand-drawn font

Created in 2006 for BASIN with the goal of what drawing a font would be like if you hand-drew it and didn’t perform any clean-up.

The name First Pass encompasses this concept and I did give myself a few goes at each character. The result is something chaotic and messy and my idea of doing a “Second Pass” to clean up a few pixels just never happened.

You could use this for text or titles although it’s very messy and probably my least favorite font.

Can be seen in CODE-112.

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.

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 flavor if not the flourish and grace of the original.

Riverbank

Another one that started in 2019 that took some time to polish-off for release. The challenge here was to try and get a very clean looking flowing hand-written type. I’d already had a go with the hand-written style in Forgotten and a flowing type in Coolant but not both together. It’s especially challenging in a mono-space font because joining the characters is important and you don’t want long horizontal strokes creating ‘dashes’ between letters.

I think it came out quite well. It’s readable (at least on LCD screens, I have yet to try it on a CRT) and can even work for text adventures if your audience can read “cursive” (most people interested in text-adventures are old enough to be able to read/write it I suspect but it’s probably not a bad idea to let them toggle to something simpler).