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Clipper

A 2020 design that goes with an squared off angular bold look that still manages to look different - is somewhat the opposite bolding of my Trouble font with some alternative takes in places.

The font works well on lists and titles screens can be readable for prose on decent quality displays.

Anarchist

I’d played around with doing a heavier bubblier version of Beachball that didn’t come out how I wanted so when I spotted an Amiga Demo by the group Anarchy featuring a bubbly heavy weighted text I was hooked.

Originally this started as a blanket copy but their font was a mix of upper and lower case letters. I positioned the upper-styled and lower-styled ones to their rightful positions and then designed glyphs to fill the gaps. Given that I think this font has merit but can’t be considered an original creation as it takes ~36 characters as-is from the Igor of Anarchy’s original 1990 design.

This font looks great in a variety of scenarios but at a minimum needs an extra 1 vertical line between rows of text. You can even mix the upper and lower case to great effect.

Magic5

This font was designed using FontStruct in 2008 as an attempt to create a very clean and easy-to-read system font that was 5 pixels wide. It is very generic looking with just one extra feature being the strong inner curves on “bdpqgyhn”. This helped with ZX Spectrum conversion where vertical height was limited to 8 pixels and the descenders were shaved down 1 pixel.

This font is super easy to read and with a simple 6-pixel-wide custom renderer you can get 42 characters per line instead of the usual 32 on a Spectrum screen.

Cushion

On reviewing many of the fonts for publication as part of my ZX Origins collection I noticed a dearth of softer fonts and Cushion is an attempt to address that.

Soft curves are difficult on an 8x8 as you either take one pixel off a corner or three - the former can look square and the latter triangular. As always a combination of tricks such as reducing the length of the horizontal strokes can achieve a more desirable effect.

This font works great everywhere and is very pleasing to read.