Diamond Plate

by Goatmeal
See also Diamond Plate LC by Goatmeal.

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Inspired by the pattern of an embossing roller at work, DIAMOND PLATE evokes an image that is both rough AND tough. Designed for use in any industrial or construction setting, or anywhere safety deck plating is a must! Lower case characters are in the cloned version "Diamond Plate LC".
Info Created on 7th June 2011 . Last edited on Just now, 6:24 PM.
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Comment by Goatmeal Today, 2:40 AM
Impressive. But i think it would have been even more impressive if you could have made real lowercase in the style of the overall. These outlined pixellised characters seem to come from another font, in my humble opinion. OUt of that, i love it.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types Today, 8:06 AM
Fantastic new font inspired by the pattern of diamond plate. Great demo pic. The lower case set looks more like a separate font of the same family. Having two full set of characters, numbers, etc. would be better, than mixing them in one font. Congratulations. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 Today, 11:51 AM
@Neurone Error & @Frodo7 - Thanks for the kind (and helpful) words!

Yes, I was at a loss as to what to do with the lower case. Because of pattern dictates, it leaves precious little room for any sort of fine detail of the type that Neurone Error loves so much (see the current # and * here as examples; you have to squint to see them). With little negative space that could contribute to effective letterforms, I'm afraid that a true lowercase would simply be blobs of pattern.

That being said, I will probably take the Solomon approach and split the font into two distinct sets.

Thanks again to you both for the spot-on suggestions!
Comment by Goatmeal Just now, 5:42 PM
Hey Gm!

I agree with your assessment of the lowercase challenge with this set. Here are some suggestions:

• Add unicase alternates in the lc, with or without ascenders/descenders matching the x-height to the cap height. Here are some fontstructed examples:
Brain Freeze
Fungal Rounded
• Go with a very large x-height (say 4/5 of the cap height) and stick to single-story forms for a and g. Remaining problematic glyphs, including e and s, need thinned horizontal strokes (maybe just the middle one) on the order of two rows of diamonds instead of three.

I love the numerals – especially 1 and 2 with their manly upticks. Your 5 demonstrates how apparent negative space starts to vanish when only one row of diamonds is left out. Still lovely, though. :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 20th June 2011
@will.i.ૐ -- Thanks for the kind words and great suggestions!

I have included the original pattern below, zoomed in so you can see the detail as well as show why there are three rows of diamonds.

I do like the unicase idea and can see how removing one row will help make things easier for a set of lowercase letters.

I do plan on working on the LC in the near future. I've been used to making 8×8 or 16×16 fonts for quite some time now. However, this one had me doing lots of scrolling, so I'm just going to take a little break for now... :^)
Comment by Goatmeal 21st June 2011
Comment by Goatmeal 21st June 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Diamond Plate” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 21st June 2011
@meek: Rob, thank you for the Top Pick -- as always, it is greatly appreciated!
Comment by Goatmeal 22nd June 2011
How long did it take you to do that @_@...
It looks like you put a S*** load of work into this! 5[00] stars!!
Comment by R160signage 1st August 2011
@R160signage: Thank you for the kind words. Yes, it did take a while, but not why you'd think; the preparation was actually the hardest part...

Taking a cue from MC Escher, I wanted a repeating pattern. I created the initial four diamonds (above) but pared them down to a mere square (below).

I had a difficult time determining how I wanted the letters to look. Taking the easy way out, I made a simple 5x7 font. Treating the square like a pixel block, I proceeded to build each character.

Then, after all of the squares were in place, I went back and copy-pasted the diamond pattern over each one. Extremely tedious, yes, but the template of squares made it SO much easier because I didn't have to worry about any pattern misalignments. If I had built each letter from scratch using only the diamond pattern, it would have been that much more difficult trying to keep things lined up!

Since I am used to making pixel fonts that are only ~8 blocks high, this font was a challenge because it's 138 blocks tall. I am working on a rather old computer where the best resolution is only 1280 x 1024, so this one caused me a lot of scrolling up and down -- something I'm not used to when using FontStruct...
Comment by Goatmeal 2nd August 2011
Comment by Goatmeal 2nd August 2011
I don't think I'd seen this one before... Truly outstanding! Not the least because of the preparation that went into it. Good job!
Comment by SquarePeg 6th June 2015
@SquarePeg - Thanks for the kind words! I had a lot of fun with this one.
Comment by Goatmeal 6th June 2015