Happy holidays and a small gift
Thanks to everyone for another wonderful and creative year of FontStructing. FontStruct continues to grow and flourish with more than 350,000 FontStructions in the database and almost as many registered users. More than 15,000 original font designs are now being shared, and can be viewed and downloaded from the gallery.
New Advanced Feature: Brick stacking with Composite bricks.
As a small seasonal gift, we’re rolling out a new advanced feature allowing users to create even more custom brick shapes: You can now stack “composite” bricks on top of other simple or composite bricks. If you’re not sure what “brick stacking” is, or what “composite bricks” are, please read this help article first. Here are some examples of the new feature at work, creating new bricks:
– The original simple bricks are in grey. In yellow are composites. The stacks, including composites are in black.
Here’s a more practical example, based closely on one kindly submitted by riccard0:
I’m really looking forward to seeing what the FontStruct community can do with this new feature. Please let us know about any problems.
Two caveats: You still cannot work the other way around i.e. you can’t make composites using stacked bricks; and there is still a limit to the total number of simple bricks that can be involved in a stack – Until today it was 6, now it is 12.
What else is new?
Since the start of the new sponsorship deal with FontShop and the adjustments in legal ownership we’ve been busy moving servers, switching domains and other unglamorous, technical twiddling. As some of you may have noticed, we’ve also added some advertising to the site. I hope you find all find it unobtrusive, perhaps even interesting. Either way, carrying advertising should cover most of the server costs and free up money for maintaining and developing the site.
You may also have noticed a selection of typography and design-related Amazon products appearing in our “Bookshop” on the right-hand side of many pages on the site. If you ever want to buy a book at Amazon (even if it’s not one which we display), please do start shopping by clicking on one of our links – then FontStruct will get 4% cut of the profit.
Finally, and most importantly
Happy holidays to everyone!!!