Posts tagged with sans-serif - page 2

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.

Everest

This font started life in 2005 as “Tall Order” and “Tall Order Bold” before being brushed off and two new condensed variants joined. The font was also renamed to better indicate this is a font that is all about the height and little consideration is given to the descenders.

Wordplay aside this font works quite well although those descenders do feel a bit awkward. Given we’ve used all the pixels there isn’t much that could be done unless your custom renderer can draw p, q, y, and g 1 pixel lower. Alternatively use the FZX renderer with the already tweaked FZX version of the font included in the download.

Envious

My Envy Code R font has been quite popular and its history goes back through Envy Code B and A bitmap fonts… right back to my Plotter font on the Sinclair Spectrum.

Back in 2006, I thought it would be interesting to complete the circle and try to shrink the feel of Envy Code R back down to a byte-sized version and the result is a pleasing, easy on the eyes sans.

This font is very readable and suits a lot of clean easy to read scenarios although it would benefit from using a 7 pixel wide (regular style) or proportional renderer (all) to reduce the character spacing. Unusually it comes with both a bold and italic style and also a serif variant.

Can be seen in UzeboxUI.

Diamond

This design started with trying very specific diamond shapes but soon took on more irregularity to deal with the size constraints. Combined with the lower-case characters not joining up the counters it took on a rough unpolished look evoking old-time adventure.

The font works well for large runs of prose.