Posts tagged with historic

Mild West

This creation is hot off the press being both designed and published the same day in April 2020.

It is quite typical for bold fonts to bold the vertical strokes yet older wood-cut signs from the late 1800s tended to bold the horizontal strokes especially exaggerating the serifs. I did such a font a while back called Reward but wanted to try something different and so this here is - the Mild West.

The design really stands out from many other 8x8 fonts and yet is still quite readable. If you have a western based text adventure this should be in your consideration.

Uncial

Uncial is a style of lettering used between the 4th to 8th century by Latin and Greek scribes. As you can imagine this 2006 BASIN production had its work cut out (and a typo meant it was called Unical).

It has an old hand feel to it but not in the soft geometric way that many a Zenobi text adventure has. It’s more angular with small capitals taking the place of the odd lower case.

While the text is quite readable and works great for titles the small-caps lower-case can make large runs of text difficult to scan even if individual letters are easy to identify.

Parchment

Flowing decorative flourishes and a distinctly human twist are hard to do justice in any format let alone 8x8 pixels. This font started in late 2019 as an attempt to take a break from a Blackletter font I later published as Byteletter.

As this font is not bold it has quite a different feel from popular “old-time” fonts such as the one made popular in many a Zenobi text adventure. This font was originally published as ‘Scribe’ until I decided to rename it ‘Parchment’ as I have another font coming that better suits the name Scribe.

It works pretty well for large runs of text and is still quite readable for titles.

Emmaline

I’d already done Broadwary and two variants of Cinema - why another 20s art-deco font? Well, the simple reason is I don’t think either of them shows enough flair.

Created in 2019 this font contains more brazen curves and angles and is much more aligned with the actual ‘Broadway’ font created in the 1920s. It’s my favorite of the three and the extra bold heavy version is quite extreme. There’s also a more restrained bold and an open variant included too.

It works well for everything from prose and dialog through to titles and lists.