Posts tagged with printer

Pinhead

This font started life as a conversion of the 1973 Wang 2200 minicomputer bitmap font. What surprised me was how it relied on the phosphor glow to give a nice effect despite being laden with gaps. This is really how all good fonts are designed - by modifying the input so the actual output on a real environment looks good regardless of the input.

Alas modern displays don’t have a phosphor glow and even mid-80s CRTs don’t glow enough for this to look sharp however it did bear a passing resemblance to 9-pin dot matrix prints such as that on the Epson FX series.

I took the Wang font and tweaked the glyphs a look to look like the FX but a lot of credit for this font belongs to Wang and the unknown designer in the first place.

Plotter

As a child I had terrible handwriting and so I was drawn to the flatbed plotter at my school that would grasp a pen and then precisely draw gorgeously legible letters. I designed this font back in the 80s in The Artist II on my Spectrum +3 as a tribute to that device - our school’s PlotMate attached to a BBC Micro.

I did originally move this font to Windows and then later refined it into Envy Code A which led through B and into R. I also dusted it off in 2005 for the BASIN package and created a ‘Plotter 2005’ variant and a bold weight. This 2019 version takes a bit of both and then tweaks it yet again and unifies the style with the bold.

Both weights are easy to read and very clear and work in all scenarios.

Can be seen in Little Mouse Adventure, Escape From Dinosaur Island, Scout’s Honour.