by geneus1

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A tribute to Josef Albers: inadvertently inspired by saberrider and afrojet. This font totally happened by accident. Recently, saberrider created steep, which uses a 2.0 x 1.11 filter setting to smoothly blend the quarter-circle bricks into the triangles. After saberrider created his experimental variable scale fontstruction, it lead me to revisit an abandoned work I did from last year that was done in a similar scale. After getting over the initial disgust of looking at the dismal failure, I started tweaking. Then I decided to tweak the letters instead. It became apparent that I could create a stencil type font that also looked like Josef Alber's font. Coincidentally, Saberrider also has a variation with fontstract, and of course, that Stewf guy has his own family of Leaflets. ;-) Afrojet's sessions came into play in creating some of the letter forms, especially the numerals. The final filter setting became 1.638 x 1.08, which created a nice fusion of the curved and triangular bricks, but was also naturally inclined to necessitate the vertical divide on each glyph. The rest flowed rather easily from there. Here's to more happy accidents. =) The sample is also a tribute to Alber's color theory, showing the names in identical colors, which, when juxtaposed over contrasting colors tricks the eye into thinking the bottom name is darker than the top. The following Josef Albers quote can relate to all things creative, like fontstructing, not just color: "It should be clear by now that our way of studying color does not start with the past - neither with works of the past nor with its theories. As we begin principally with the material, color itself, and its action and interaction as registered in our minds, we practice first and mainly a study of ourselves. Thus, we replace looking backward by looking first at ourselves and our surroundings, and replace retrospection with introspection." - Josef Albers
Info Created on 27th May 2009 . Last edited on 30th June 2009.
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Comment by geneus1 30th May 2009
1.638x1.08 !? You have got to be kidding, you mad genius, you. :)
Comment by thalamic 30th May 2009
No kidding. I thought I was fancy when I worked with tenths...but, thousandths?!?!?

Nice the description and sample too.
Comment by aphoria 31st May 2009
clever and very well crafted. i like the touch of the k and the s. the overall concept works fine.

i wonder what's going on. no more staff picks? no new featured fontstructions?
Comment by David Neustadt (saberrider) 31st May 2009
Holy sweetbelly freakdown. Way to play it forward, Gene. I love the subtle shapes that form them 'm' and 'n'. May all your accidents be this happy. Bravo!
Comment by afrojet 31st May 2009
Thanks for the comments.
@thalamic & @aphoria: I wasn't really paying attention to the numbers on the filter. I was just dragging the sliders until a tangent between the straight lines and curves were reached. When I checked the filter, I was surprised to see that even more digits could show up, because you can't type more than three in the text field.

@saberrider: Thanks saber. Honestly, I don't think I would have even started on this without seeing your success with the 2.0 x 1.11 scale. BTW, I'm beginning to wonder about the top picks and featured download as well...

@afrojet: Sweetbelly Freakdown?!? I think I have a name for a new fontstruction! As for the next featured download, I'd have to nominate sessions.
Comment by geneus1 3rd June 2009
I second the nomination.
Comment by thalamic 3rd June 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Slink” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 19th June 2009
Sorry for the delay, folks! :-)
Comment by gferreira_admin 19th June 2009
really amazing...
even though i'm a huge fan of albers, i like slink better.
technically wise, i'm going to eat more liver with fava beans from now on.
Comment by cayo 19th June 2009