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Brick by brick: News about FontStruct


Happy holidays and a small gift

News | | December 24th, 2010

Dear FontStructors,

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:

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– 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:

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– The stacked composites are in black. (Thanks too to aphoria for his example of another situation in which stacking composites could be useful).

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

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Happy holidays to everyone!!!


13 Comments

  1. Gustavo Ferreira

    Happy holidays, Rob! ❄

    Comment by Gustavo Ferreira — December 24, 2010 #


  2. djnippa

    A Top gift. Good times ahead.

    Comment by djnippa — December 24, 2010 #


  3. aphoria

    What a great xmas gift, Rob! Thanks for another great year.

    Comment by aphoria — December 24, 2010 #


  4. Bismuth

    Did u (intentionally) use stacks and\or* composites in that Christmas tree Fontstruction?
    *Probably just “and.”

    Comment by Bismuth — December 24, 2010 #


  5. p2pnut

    Thanks for the lovely Christmas present Rob … it’s just what I wanted :)

    A Merry Christmas to you and yours

    Ray

    Comment by p2pnut — December 25, 2010 #


  6. neurone error

    Thanks Rob for this new gift. My secret wish for 2011 : that you find the sorcery trick to improve the letter width green bar up to half brick, or even quarter brick, (i saw you nodding, Intaglio !) to rivalize with kerning of non modular softwares. Happy holidays to to you back, Master Meek, we’ll never thank you enough for this wonderful tool/toy of creation you put in our hands ! Frankly, i would never even dare think i’d add to my art skills the typographic medium if i wouldn’t meet Fontstruct, the first time i tried a vector software, i was discouraged after 5 minutes. Even if my designs seem to make all they can to break modularity, i’m a constructivist by nature, real drawing is difficult for me, i just use unusual basic elements or constructive logics because of my baroque sensibility. :0)

    Comment by neurone error — December 25, 2010 #


  7. elmoyenique

    ¡Feliz Navidad para toda la Comunidad FontStruct! (And thanks for this new bricks/gifts!)

    Comment by elmoyenique — December 25, 2010 #


  8. 3moDuDe

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GIFT! :D

    Comment by 3moDuDe — December 25, 2010 #


  9. Adien Gunarta

    best gift ever :D

    Comment by Adien Gunarta — December 26, 2010 #


  10. caliopigio

    that’s all I wanted for christmas!!

    Comment by caliopigio — December 28, 2010 #


  11. 3moDuDe

    I would like to point out two things. Firstly, aphoria’s example can be made with previous composites. Secondly, I guess the probably the most common use of this new feature would be to create serifs. Thanks anyway for this lovely Christmas gift, and happy new year to you all.

    Comment by 3moDuDe — January 2, 2011 #


  12. aphoria

    @3moDuDe Yes, my example can be made as a composite, but being able to stack composites means I only have to make 2 composites instead of 3.

    For me, the biggest advantage will be where I need intersecting angles that were not possible to make with just one composite.

    Comment by aphoria — January 3, 2011 #


  13. 3moDuDe

    @aphoria Well, if you’re like me (the lazy kind who flips and rotates composites whenever he can) the stacking wouldn’t work and it would be easier to make a new composite. Just saying.
    Yeah I think the intersecting angles are quite a significant use of this feature, especially in K and Y.

    Comment by 3moDuDe — January 4, 2011 #