Posts tagged with formal

Mutual

Created in mid-2019 as a different take on a serif font that exploits the full width and some additional flourishes.

It works well for all types of text. An additional one pixel of vertical spacing would help the font breathe.

ZX Times

The Times font, and especially its more recent Times New Roman update, are ubiquitous being standard on pretty much every platform under the sun.

Designing this font in 2018 the challenge was developing a bold serif in 8x8 that didn’t just look like a generic bold serif but retained the style of Times. Between the oval 0, the double-story g and subtle contrasts on angled lines.

The font works well in many scenarios where you want a bold, formal look.

Tenant

I designed this font in 2019 in an attempt to create a font with less x-height than I had designed before while also slipping in serifs.

A part of me has always resisted going this small as it relies on an impression rather than an accurate representation but I’m quite happy with the tweaks to allow the lower-case e, s and z to exist without breaking out of the constraints or over-bolding diagonal strokes.

The font is dense and a custom renderer could squeeze an extra 4-6 lines on the screen given the limited height. It works well for titles and seems to shine even on a fuzzy composite video display with scan-lines I simulated in Spectaculator. (I really should hook up a real Spectrum and a CRT to take some pictures of all of these…)

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.