Posts tagged with wide

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 ported this font to Windows and further refined it into Envy Code A. That led to Envy Code B, which in turn inspired Envy Code R. I also dusted it off in 2005 for the BASIN package and created a ‘Plotter 2005’ variant and a bold weight. The 2019 version takes a little from either, tweaks it and then unifies the style with the bold weight.

Both weights are easy to read, clean, and work in all scenarios.

Can be seen in Little Mouse Adventure, Escape From Dinosaur Island, Scout’s Honour.

Needlecast

A design of mine for BASIN in 2005 where the name defined the font. I was naming fonts after some members of the Sinclair Spectrum emulation scene and the surname Needle inspired “Needlecast” - a technique for transferring consciousness from sci-fi novel Altered Carbon.

I went with a super-wide, sharp, and short angular style and put together regular and bold weights.

It works well for text and titles and the 5-pixel height with no descenders means with a custom renderer you could squeeze 39 lines on a Spectrum screen (normally 24).

Carton

I created this font in 2018, although I’ve forgotten the inspiration entirely. A bold style variant was added in 2020.

The style is similar but not quite as wide, with cleaner, more defined edges taking some artistic liberties with diagonal lines.

It is straightforward and easy to read and comes with a ‘Tall Caps’ variant that effectively provides tiny drop-caps when used alongside lower case letters.