tm tarpaulin

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I saw the logo for tramplin.tv [pictured below] a loooong time ago and was fascinated by it. It used to live on my computer desktop so I can look at it frequently. Even thought to redo it in fontstruct but...just looking at it, it was clear it wasn't doable...at least back then. At some point, the image was moved off to some other to-be-filed folder, and eventually I forgot about it.

I found it again the other day while hunting for some other file.

It was still fascinating. And in the meantime, fontstruct had grown up considerably (Thanks, Rob!). It was time to attempt doing it.

Well, kicked my ass, didn't it.

It seems so simple: One diagonal that goes from one letter to another in smooth transition, bisected by a different angle diagonals. No. Easy in concept, killer in making the geometry work of 2×1 diagonals to 1×4 diagonals.

No matter what thickness of diagonals were selected and whatever the gaps were left, the angles would not line up at some point or another. Which was confusing as 2 goes into 4 exactly 2 times, so things should have lined up without complication. I remembered, many years ago kix used Transparent Windows utility to make the browser transparent so he could trace silhouetted figures for one of his brilliant fs. Even tried tracing. Nope. After many failed attempts, had to break out Illustrator to better visualize the grid and diagonal guides of my own.

[See picture below]

Figuring out the geometry was much simpler in Ai. Found out where I was going wrong. First attempt at doing a and m and making them line up worked like a charm. From then on, it was just a matter of doing the glyphs. Some of them were simple to execute; others like e and c and especially z were quite difficult...at least for my limited intelligence.

Anyway, here it is.

Disclaimer: The original logo is probably copyrighted to someone. I don't own the rights to it. It is displayed here for comparision purposes and for full disclosure. If the owners of the original logo have a objection for its display here, it will be removed immediately.

Info Created on Sun, 10th April . Last edited on Mon, 18th April.
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    Comment by thalamic Sun, 17th April

    Figuring out the 2×1 to 1×4 diagonals links in Ai.

    Comment by thalamic Sun, 17th April
    Comment by thalamic Sun, 17th April
    Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “tm tarpaulin” is now a Top Pick.
    Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Mon, 18th April

    Thanks, Rob

    and Thanks, Rob. :)

    Comment by thalamic Mon, 18th April

    Very cool. Looks hard. I never really understood all this stuff about angles and composites, I never seem to understand how you guys make such cool fonts ;)

    Comment by Noah (winty5) Mon, 18th April

    Fantastic...love the samples too.  :)

    Comment by aphoria Mon, 18th April

    I'm with the boys, master.

    Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 29th April

    That continuing diagonal works beautifully!

    Comment by four Sun, 5th June

    smart, great result, thick angular , love it

    Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) Sat, 25th June

    love also how you manage the numbers

    Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) Sat, 25th June

    Thanks, guys. I love puzzle fonts.

    Comment by thalamic Sat, 25th June

    Hey thalamic, that's a very cool & strong fontstruction. I love it ! Cheers.

    Comment by beate Wed, 16th November

    Will there be also upper-cases? Please?! : )

    Comment by beate Wed, 16th November

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