Posts tagged with futuristic


Occasionally when working on a font I’ll struggle with a specific glyph and push it in different ways to find something that works. In desperation I’ll draw something very different from scratch and then try and push it towards the design. Sometimes the “very different” will lead to a font entirely on it’s own and that is where CannonFire came from.

It’s very angular, sharp in places with very distinctive uppercase and tight lowercase. As is often the case with narrower fonts you really could do with a proportional renderer here to get the characters much closer together.

It’s quite good for titles and options screens and you can use it for short runs of text. There is a bold variant and an “open” variant that opens up some of the counters.


Formula 1 is a fantastic exhilarating sport and I was very much a fan in my youth. Seeing the Formula 1 docudrama on Netflix with my kids got us into it again and I very much appreciated their latest logo and typeface.

As always whether I could do this justice in an 8x8 is the challenge. Given that I already have Orbiter and Submerged as very open wide rounded-corner typefaces whether it would be unique another was another concern. It’s quite a subtle shift between the two but the extra curves and that distinctive lower-case “a” make it almost worth it but when combined with a bunch of weights and widths it makes for a distinctive set when you need some variance.

It works well for titles, lists, and info screens. Large blocks of prose can be difficult to read without fine-tuning the spacing with a custom renderer or using one of the narrower widths.

Fusion Drive

A 2019 creation that managed to escape the _Incomplete folder in early 2020. It is aggressive, angular, and very tightly compressed.

Despite the compressed vertical height, it works well for titles and large runs of text at least on clear RGB screens and emulators.

With some tweaks to the symbols, you could render this font with just 6 vertical pixels if using a custom renderer. On a Spectrum that would give 32 lines instead of the usual 24.

Altered Chrome

A 2019 production that tries to be more aggressive full of tech flair and sharp angles available in three weights.

This font works well on title screens and for short runs of text, status screens, menus, etc. Longer prose is harder to read. It would also look good with either a proportional renderer or one capable of rendering just 6 or 7 pixels wide.