Posts tagged with rustic

Runed

Runes predate our Latin based alphabet and directly informed and influenced it in many ways. Many of the earlier ones are not too recognizable but taking the Anglo-Saxon runes and a bunch of liberties.

The result is something quite readable by modern eyes even on low-resolutions screens.

Winterforge

Winterforge is a sharp, short, aggressive style drawn in 2021 that would work well for short runs of text in a fantasy adventure scenario.

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.

Beastly

Everyone has inspirations in their life that shape their idea of art, and Shadow of the Beast (2 specifically) was one of mine. Seeing that gorgeous artwork and the music that dynamically changed as you progressed through the area changed my opinion of what computers could do.

I’ve tackled some of the styles before with Razor inspired more by the Psygnosis logo and Roger Dean logo, but this type is more inspired by the artwork in the game. The game itself does have a nice font, but it’s quite different from this - perhaps I’ll figure out a way of getting all those up online somewhere at a later date.

The small caps work well as special attention was given to keeping the M and W from touching other characters, and the lowercase is still quite readable and would work in an other-worldly low-tech scenario.