Posts tagged with narrow - page 2

Area51

A 2021 effort that started from a discussion on Twitter about 51 column text on the Spectrum. While 64 column is quite common (3 pixels + space), 42 also quite common (5 pixels + space) and of course the default of 32 (8 pixels + space) a few people have created 51 column routines such as Micro Print 85 and Handywide.

The challenge with a 51 column routine is that each character is 4 pixels wide. Now you might be thinking, “well, three works,” and you’d be half right (it’s an unreadable mess), but the other part of the challenge is that 4 pixels wide is an even number which means we have to get creative with the centres of characters. I and T, you can choose left or right, but what about Y or X? You can see the choices I made here.

It doesn’t look too bad, and if you want a bit of a unique look, you could do worse. It works for large amounts of text in all sorts of scenarios, especially when you want to squeeze some extra text on the screen without crunching down to 3 pixel wide fonts.

CannonFire

Occasionally when working on a font, I’ll struggle with a specific glyph and push it in different ways to find something that works. Sometimes, the “very different” will lead to a font entirely on its own, which led to CannonFire.

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 pleasant for titles and options screens, and you can use it for short runs of text. There are a bold variant and an “open” variant that opens up some of the counters.

Cabaret

Another 2020 started-and-published font that came from getting into the feel of the 1930s watching Hercule Poirot.

This font is tall with expansive open counters, and the 8x8 has severely limited ascenders and descenders as a consequence. It is available in regular, semi-bold, and bold weights, as well as a proportionally-optimized FZX version.

This typeface works well for titles, prose, and lists where a 1930s feel is desired.

Altered Chrome

A 2019 production that that is aggressive, full of tech flair, and available in three weights.

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