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WOW very nice font and original.
nice output at small size too.
Smart use of vertical scaling to delineate the ribbon’s ‘front’ and ‘back’. This makes your beautiful, hand-colored sample possible.
The other approach, of course, would be to break the foreground and background into two layers – as two distinct fonts or a complementary upper and lowercase. Two-tone effects would be so much easier to achieve and to work with (as long as the fontmortar keeps all other metrics consistent). As well, further creative possibilities of using just one layer would be on tap.
I trust you already went down that road in some fashion, and decided instead to offer subtle alternates in the lowercase (also keeping this competition entry to just one fontstruction), allowing more varied title settings. If you are firm on this approach, maybe flip the letters that stayed the same between upper and lowercase (vertically for C, E, and I – T can be flipped horizontally – S and Z could also be alternated with a bit more effort).
Great entry with some cool details. At pixel size it has a convincingly rustic ‘plank’ effect like painted letters weathering away on an old wooden sign. The zigzags at larger size feel very ‘eighties’ to me. This might make this very popular with the kids. ;)
@Upixel: thanks for your comment!
I like the way it renders at pixel size as well.
very cool font and nice effect. i can see this being used for happy new year but need the ! :)
@Will.i.ૐ: wow, thanks for your detailed comment!
The vertical scaling is very small indeed (0.98), and i preferred this approach to the two layers so that the font may work standalone as well.
I tried to do the alternates as you suggested, flipping letters (or flipping the zigzag for letters such as S and Z), but as their zigzag was opposite to the main direction used in all the other letters, alternates included, it looked like the font was loosing consistency.
Wow! This is very cool.
This mornings live page is chock full of delightful entries. It is pleasurable to no end to see such detailed and beautifully crafted letters in the previewer. The sample makes it that much more of a beauty to behold. Bravo.
Very Cool. So many nice shapes.
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I've started the Handmade Challenge saying: "I'm sure, in the coming days we will see many happy FS fonts better than this..." You all are greats!
@Em42: Marvelous work and marvelous font!
Thanks to all for your comments!
@Funk_king: upon your request, the exclamation mark is on the way!
A time-lapse video of the sample making-of is available at the House42 blog.
@Funk_king: I join you in sending the wish to all the contestants! :)
Great concept and execution! very creative!
Love the time-lapse video of the process
this is absolutely superb!
@Axel_Leyer: thanks! We realized we could do a time-lapse video with an iPhone and the Gorillacam free application just a few hours before preparing the paper sample, so it was really an experiment (the tripod was a folded piece of cardboard with a cut to fit the iPhone!).
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Riba” is now a Top Pick.
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Riba” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
i doubt my primitive sample swayed the judges much, but i had a hunch on this one :)
i almost forgot, congrats :) a magnificent achievement and worthy in every regard.
I più anziani le mie congratulazioni a voi e gli altri vincitori... e per gli altri insegnanti in FS: Sei grandi, persone! Si tratta di un divertente invidiabile per me condividere il mio tempo con tutti voi. Grazie!
My biggest congratulations to you and the other winners… and so to the rest of FS masters: You are greats, people! It’s an enviable fun for me share my time with you all. Thanks all!
@Funk_king: thanks, and thanks for your sample. As a way to wish good luck to all the contestants, for sure it brought good luck to me as well!
@Elmoyenique: your congrats in Italian are really appreciated - even if the automatic translator babelfished some words, it did it in a nice way!
Io non parlo l'italiano, ma ho trovato, penso, un bel modo per festeggiare il premio a voi. Vi chiedo di perdonare i miei errori quando uso la vostra bella lingua.
I do not speak Italian, but I found a nice way to celebrate this prize to you. I ask you to forgive my mistake when I use your beautiful language.
Congratulations! I really love the original paper sample. Great font!
how did you make it??
@Skye-steph: the font was possible thanks to composite bricks to create the diagonal sections, and vertical scaling to create the thin horizontal gap.
For the paper sample just check the video at the House42 blog.
so awesome...u tha best..thumbs ups..
whooooa this is good! my fonts suck. :P good job
BLAHBLAHBLAH HAHAHHA lol nice
The 3dness of this is PWNage. Seriously, I love this.
Amazing dude! More punctuation would be nice, maybe a comma (,) , a question mark (?) , and quotes! (") Then it would be great! Thanks, and awesome font anyway!
This is AMAZING!!! How to do it???
Nice! I like it! ^^
8O Someone close my mouth for me! This is the best font I have ever seen. Can you comment on my ones, yes, YOU!
Riba, together with Ziti, will be featured in Typodarium 2012.
@Elmo: Thanks a lot, but Maestro is too much! :)
Félicitations ! this is great
Lol awesome! Now where can I get one of these? :P
Very nice, Em. =) Now it just makes me sad that I didn't partake in this project. :(
@Crispycraker: Thanks! You can click on the image to get more details: the calendar is on sale on the publisher's Web site.
@Geneus: Thanks! The hardest part was to "reserve" one of the 366 available days before the others did! :)
This is a great design concept, great work. Congratulations to the Typodarium 2012 page. 10/10
Why can't we make a Fontstruct only calendar?
Many congratulations on your Typodarium pages.
Your pages are simply beautiful, Em. Congratulations!
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