Posts tagged with serif

Halfling

A 2020 exploration into old style hand-scripts such as you’d find in Lord of the Rings or Dungeons & Dragons.

Not based on any one specific script but rather an amalgamation of styles then smoothed out to create one of its own. The capitals are wide and short (much like a halfling or Hobbit) and have some of the feel of an Unical with some sharper Dwarven-inspired angles. The lower case are more flowing borrowing a little from Elvish.

It works quite well for the obligatory titles, status and menu screens especially for medieval or fantasy games. Longer prose may work for your audience too.

Polaris

In April 2020 an individual behind the Phantasy Star retranslation project named Maxim reached out to see what could be done about the boring font in the Sega Master System game.

The brief was futuristic but old which were quite at odds with each other so I took a few cues from the Phantasy Star title screen and went with an angular theme that still spouted plenty of chunky serif flair.

This font works surprisingly well for blocks of text, titles and headings.

Mutual

Created in mid-2019 as a different take on a serif font that exploits the full width and some additional flourishes.

It works well for all types of text. An additional one pixel of vertical spacing would help the font breathe.

ZX Benguiat

I created this font in 2019 in BASIN as an adaptation of the ITC Benguiat typeface.

Benguiat was heavily used in the 80s on Stephen King novels, “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, and Star Trek shows and most recently made a headline appearance as the red neon logo in Netflix’s love letter to the 80s - Stranger Things.

Adapting this particular typeface into 8x8 was quite the challenge and it went through many many iterations at one point I almost caved and considered dropping lower-case but I’ve always felt that’s a total cheat. Thankfully it got to the point I felt more confident and showed a screenshot to professional font designer David Jonathan Ross of Input, Fit and Font of the Month fame he guessed it was Benguiat first time.

Mission accomplished.

This font works great for titles, text, and prose and also still looks great with a regular mono-space renderer.