Posts tagged with friendly

Kalopsia

A 2021 release that’s been sat around since 2020 but it was time to let it free or send it to the big bit bucket in the sky. It escaped and perhaps it’ll find a new home after all.

One of the problems with designing for 8x8 is the desire to want to stretch all the characters out to be the same size where possible. In real life large-scale proportional fonts this does not happen. M and W aren’t the only wide characters, O and G can be quite wide and other characters go narrow like J. I’ve done this in a few of my fonts but not in a bold.

The result is quite pleasant although the advantages of a proportional renderer are quite apparent. I also went with small-caps lower case because why not, I’ve been using that as a cheat for a few fonts now, expect a return to normality soon enough.

Gemma

A 2021 production - yes, I’m still plotting in BASIN - that attempts to capture the feel of the Atari ST GEM/TOS high-res mode. The font itself can’t be translated as it’s way too tall being some 16 pixels high (yet only 8 wide).

Descenders and ascenders are given a bit of a short shaft to squeeze this in and the x-height is way too tall but it still kind of works somehow.

It’s quite readable for most scenarios except if you wish to use it for prose you really need to inject an extra line of vertical space between the characters. You can use FZX or a custom font renderer of your choice.

ZX Baveuse

A fresh in 2021 production of Baveuse by prolific type designer Raymond Larabie and is probably most well known as being the typeface used in the animated TV show Archer.

I’d done a handful of heavily-weighted top and bottom fonts (see the consider section to the side), but although Clipper was probably the closest, it was quite far away from this design in terms of look and feel.

The upper-case and lower-case are often the same in both glyphs, but sometimes the vertical-weight is a little less on the lower case. I’ve also had to deviate from the original in a few places like the G to squeeze something usable out of the limited pixel grid.

I think it works well for all kinds of scenarios, and prose is easy to read even though the alphabet is a mix of upper and lower-case glyphs.

Clipper

A 2020 design that goes with a 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.