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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.
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.