First of all, I have to say that I have admired p2pnut, djnippa & winty5's fontstruction works for quite some time. But when I copy the bricks and look at them I am kind of lost. Then, along came Spacerock Light by LexKominek. Really, those seemingly perfect circles stunned me. Not that I haven't run into them before, I just never realized that I could clone them, before. So I decided I had to try something along the lines that these guys were doing.
But I was still overwhelmed by all those blocks. I copied one character from Spacerock Light and already decided to base the whole font on the arc of that circle. Then, I started impressing myself. ;)
Basically, I'm trying to build a foundation and then use that as a blueprint for other designs. I already know that Cebrosys will be cloned and redesigned with wider letter forms (M, N, W, X, Y, Z) before I make it public.
I copied the 'o' from Spacerock Light by LexKominek on August 26th, 2013, but didn't actually start making any other letters/characters until August 30th, 2013.
I took a break to work on My hand drawn fonts (4 via MyScriptFont.com and 2, including Milton Serif via PaintFont.com). So far, I have the foundation of Milton Serif Bled Normal, done. I still have to make a few minor adjustments to that one before I release it, but I am pretty excited about it because it offers more glyphs than I have ever done before. If I could only find a decent font editor to run on My computer I would be able to finish it off real quick, but I can't get anything but Fontographer (the demo version, anyway) to run on my system.
September 5th, 2013:
I finished off all the rounded characters today. Started on the letters that don't have curves. I've decided that I went overboard trying to save space with character width, as the circular characters are much broader. But I have done so many that I am going to finish this version and then clone it and make a better version (working font name, 'Cerebrosys').
September 6th, 2013:
Added a subscript ℠, the tiny midline ℡ and the superscript ™ marks. Working on finishing the existing angled characters, cloning it and creating a new version with broader angled line based letters. Then, I will have to narrow up some of the more simple line based characters in Cebrosys (this font).
Finished the uppercase characters (Yippee!). Finished the lowercase characters, though I think I will redo the u. Working on punctuation, now.
September 7th, 2013:
Still working on the punctuation. Added a © and lots of punctuation glyphs. 133 characters @ 2:00am and I still have to start on the numbers, yet.
September 16th, 2013:
Sidelined by some other projects while My hip heals from surgery. Today I added the ` (Grave accent) ® (Registered Trademark) and the @ (at-sign) symbols. I keep looking at the ` SM and TM thinking they might be too small, and yet I know they are supposed to be pretty small, maybe not that small? Or maybe I am getting it right when everyone else gets it wrong? Yeah, right, that's it. LOL
I added the & (ampersand), but it looks a bit wonky to Me, I will have to see what I can do to straighten it later. Added < (less than) & > (greater than) signs, started on the numbers, 0 (zero) is the only one done so far.
September 17th, 2013:
Added , 1 (one) and 2 (two) in the wee hours and a 3 (three) before my appointment with a web design client.
September 18th, 2013:
Finished off the numbers. Started work on the curly brackets.
October 1st, 2013:
I finally have what I think are acceptable curly brackets. I added the upside down exclamation mark, made the C in the Copyright symbol smaller, added a cent sign and an English pound symbol (this one took a while).
October 2nd, 2013:
I am now at the point where I can clone this one and fix the letter characters according to the style. That is, I will make a new wide font set (with the wide characters I like and extending some of the skinnier ones) and then skinny-ing up the letters in this font. But before I do the clone job, I want to do all the punctuation I need for both sets (doing it one time for both fonts here). So, I am looking back over it and see lots of tiny punctuation I have to enlarge because it is just too small for such a big-ass font. So right now I am having a good long look at, noting and addressing the punctuation issues.
Added the universal symbol for currency.
November 7th & 8th, 2013:
Tried to correct a lot of the punctuation that had just been too light and unnoticeable because I am not used to editing such a large font. Corrected: Overline, undertie, overtie, inverted overtie, the bullet, the Copyright symbol, the SM, TEL & TM marks, the left and right parentheses and the tilde. The tilde may have become too bold, now (note to self), I had lots of trouble getting it to look bold enough and I may have overdone it. I also added the low asterisk and put a big-ass bullet in the hole for the close-up character.
Added my logos as the replacement characters. The font is almost ready to fork. I just need to make sure there aren't any characters I want to add. I don't think this one or the next version will be a good web font, it is too light, but eventually I want it to be a web font, so I want to make sure it will have the important characters, dings and punctuation before I fork it.
November 9th, 2013:
Added a third version of My logo in the Specials letterset group. Started on the Roman Numerals (up to XII, now). The I's, V's & X's all currently have an embellished flair, and could easily be categorized as serifs.
February 24th, 2014:
Retail kept me busy during the Christmas season. Finally catching up on my own business.
Added the roman numerals L (50), C (100), D (500) & M. I used the capital L, C & D of the regular basic roman characters, but modified them and made them alternate characters; the foot of the L is a little longer, the C opening is a bit more closed, while the hoop of the D is a little bigger and more open. For the roman numeral M (1,000) I inverted the W and used it.
I will decide whether or not to make them all serif versions or make the I, V & X versions more sans characters, later. I have plenty to do right now and all sorts of adjustments I will be making later as I decide on final looks and style.
March 23rd, 2014:
Added the character for the roman numeral CD (400).
March 25th, 2014:
Added the characters for the circled 1 through 10 in the Dingbats group.
March 26th, 2014:
Made the characters for the circled 1 through 10 more uniform and used them in the Number Form group fractions, in the Superscripts and Subscripts group numbers, the superscript 1, 2 & 3 in Extended Latin, and added the Yen currency symbol.
March 27th, 2014:
Some of the letters have been bugging me. I updated the O, Q & 0, the u and the v. Added a couple of down pointing triangles that I may make other triangles and/or arrows with.
I still have to reconstruct the v, x, y & z, the C and R. I also want to adjust the D a hair. I am also thinking about the E, F, L & T. Once the alphabet is right, I want to copy the letters over to the accented versions. But I also want to complete the graphic characters before I do that too, as this will be the base of the other versions of this family.
March 30th, 2014:
Working on the Miscellaneous Symbols group for a couple of days. There's a peace sign, male and female signs, sun and earth symbols, as well as a few others. Also worked on the black heart in Dingbats.
March 31st, 2014:
Redid the R, v, x, y & z. Also redid the Copyright symbol.
Have much work to do, but I am going to release it as All Rights Reserved until its done. Hopefully, I can get some input and feedback on it.
April 13th, 2014:
Took some suggestions from Thalamic and made adjustments to some of the characters. I went back to the skinny O and made the 0 (zero) a hare skinnier. I smoothed-out the transition between the top of the S letter's loop and the bottom of the letter S loop. I skinned up the U, E, F & H. After mulling it over, I decided to move the lower arm of the F down in line with the crossbars in the A and the G. This gives it a little bit of a distinction from the E.
June 1st - 12th, 2014:
Added a corrected Briitsh pound sign (£), working on a script L and added the Lira sign. Added a Euro sign.
Went through the characters to revitalize this font with nudging. It really has helped, especially with symmetry, the accents and punctuation. I played with the shape of the curve of the D last weekend. I was never happy with changing the shape of the D to conform with the curves of the O. So, I scratched what I had done, included the new blah D as an alternate character for now, and went back through the characters nudging away while I mulled this over. I do understand the point people are making, it is well deserved criticism.
Part of the problem was that I was trying to conform to the rules of the original font. The original font that I cloned Cebrosys from was Spacerock Light by LexKominek. But even though I only used one perfect circle (O) character that font as the basis of this one, that font boasted an economy of bricks. No arch or curve was made with more than a 4 block curve. So I had 3 and 4 block angle slices to use, and some interconnectors, but I was building a font with large curves, now. So I abandoned the original restraint that LexKominek put upon himself (using only one complete quarter arch of bricks that was made of no more than 3 and 4 block angle slices that was rotated according to need for an absolute economy of bricks and optimized filesize and load times).
On about June 10th I broke down and added one of the large faux curves brick set and fixed the curve of the D.
I have this intended to be a semi-condensed font, but as I hold onto the shape of my D letter's curved side, I don't think it will be any longer. I will probably extend the D's curves to the O, C, Q, etc, now.
June 12th, 2014:
I added the Euro Currency sign.
June 13th, 2014:
OK, I added some symbols (happy faces and such) and copied the latin letters to their accent homes and added the accents.
Most of the original characters were copied as alternates to the Greek/Coptic or Cyllic lettersets. I also widened some of the characters to address the broader size of my D and O, now, with the new curve in place.
Added a little more punctuation, as well.
This is still an active, living work.
I have to add some better transmissions using the new faux curve blocks. Personally, I would like some better curve blocks.
I am anticipating making more versions.
I am still looking for ideas on what dingbats and symbols people would like to have at the ready.
...and No responses, yet.
Eventually, I want to make this private use Freeware, but I keep releasing stuff and then spend a day or two correcting issues. So this time I'm going to just keep it All Rights Reserved for a bit, so that people can see it and help critique it while I finish work on it.
I like beer. I suppose that's a footnote to Myself. Remember, GO BUY BEER! ;) Anyone can help me with that, BTW, if you feel so inclined. ;)
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