Posts tagged with stencil


This font has been an off-and-on for a few years. Stencil fonts are tough in 8x8 and although they’re quite common in military and combat games they’re often not that good. It’s difficult to be consistent and readable plus many of them entirely skip the lower case.

Standstill tries to be a bit more readable than many serif based stencil fonts by taking a few liberties with the breaks in the letters. The other trick has been to not necessarily double all vertical stems and this worked great on glyphs like 8, M, A, etc. The final trick was only going with single-side serifs where it made for a clearer glyph without compromising the design.

This font works great for titles and list screens. You can use it for prose with a bit of care on the color scheme.

Ink Stamp

I designed this font in 2019 as a softer alternative to the military-associated heavy stencil fonts used by many 8-bit games.

The result is something that has a more urban feel - much more reminiscent of that used for parking spaces and street numbers.

The type works great for titles and is quite readable for long runs of text. It especially works well on lists and stat screens.