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Competition: Connected Script

Competitions | | May 22nd, 2013

The FontStruct community has proven that its members can breathe life into the grid, make the organic from the static, and push modularity to its creative limits. That’s why we have no qualms in assigning you with a formidable challenge for the next FontStruct competition: scripts!

This, of course, raises the question: what is a script? It’s a fair query. Some define the classification much more broadly than others. Scripts are most commonly and fundamentally derived from writing, but that leaves a lot of room for variation and interpretation. A formal copperplate script is as worthy of the title as the freehand bounce of a sign painter’s brush.

Must the letters be connected? Not all handwriting is cursive, after all. Some folks lift their pen off the paper from time to time, or even between every letter, as in the case of “print” writing.

Professional script typefaces from FontShop

These professional typefaces from FontShop offer an idea of the variety of lettershapes and stroke connections that scripts can embody. From top to bottom: Tangier, FIG Script, Bickham Script, Cottingley, Handsome, Bery Script, BistroScript.

In the end, scripts always reach back to a common ancestory: handwriting. But must it look like it was made by hand? A typeface can be as geometric and constructed as FIG and rightfully be called a script. And we’ve already challenged you to explore the “handmade”. So, for this competition, the core requirement will be a connected script.

Design your FontStructions so letters connect in the most natural and/or innovative way. Keep in mind that connections don’t always need to be at the baseline, or share a common height, throughout the glyph set. And if a letter just doesn’t feel right with a connection, omit the link. (BistroScript, for example, flows naturally, even though it’s ‘s’ doesn’t meet neighbors to the right.) With this guideline in mind, you’re allowed up to 5 linkless lowercase glyphs. Your uppercase, numbers, and punctuation don’t need to connect — but they may catch the jury’s eye if they do!

Other than that, the brief is fairly open. For this competition, as long as your lowercase glyphs are independently distinguishable and connect to each other, it’s a script! Of course, the judges will be looking for original and well-executed entries overall, but they will focus on the most graceful or inventive connections. It’s all about the flow.

Connected FontStructions

While it’s the most underrepresented category on FontStruct, there are several notable scripts in the Gallery. Here are some fine examples of what can be done. Top to bottom: High Voltage (shasta, featured in PCWorld), Bromance (em42), fs grayletter (thalamic), Dry Heat (CMunk, a set of three fonts for connection options).

Competition Time Period

May 23 – June 14, 2013

Competition Rules

  1. You must be a registered FontStruct user.
  2. Your submission must have a connecting lowercase, with up to 5 exempt (unlinked) glyphs.
  3. Your submission(s) must be posted and made “public” between May 23 – June 14 2013. Although you are encouraged to share your submission(s) at any time between these dates, your FontStruction submission(s) must be public (marked “share with everyone”) no later then June 14 at 11pm PST. Additionally, your submission(s) must remain public until June 30 in order to give the judges enough time to review all qualifying entries.
  4. Your submission(s) must be tagged with a “Scriptcomp” tag. (For fairness, during the competition time period, no FontStruction with the “Scriptcomp” tag will be awarded a Top Pick or be available for a Featured FontStruction pick.)
  5. Your submission(s) must be downloadable. If your FontStruction cannot be downloaded, the submission will be disqualified.
  6. Your submission must be a newly published FontStruction. Simply adding the “Scriptcomp” tag to an already published font is not allowed.
  7. For each submission, you must post at least one sample image in the comments of the FontStruction.
  8. No letters in each submission can be MORE THAN 48 bricks high.
  9. FontStruct cloning is permitted but the judges will be looking for original work.
  10. You may enter up to three FontStructions to the competition.
  11. This is a friendly competition. Cheering, favoriting and fun banter is encouraged but cruel and uncivil behavior will not be tolerated.
  12. No rules regarding licensing. You may choose any Creative Commons license you like for your FontStruction.

Tips

  • The new Kites, Shards, and Fins bricks may come in handy for this genre.
  • Connecting strokes can be part of each glyph, or they can be a separate character (such as the space) that elegantly binds letters together.
  • Connecting strokes can be on either side of the glyph — or both!

Judging and announcing the winners

All qualifying FontStructions will by judged by the FontStruct staff and guest judges, June 15–30. Three prizewinners will be chosen. One of these will be the FontStructors’ Favorite. Winners will be announced in a FontStruct Blog post on July 2.

Prizes

Each winner will receive their choice of

In addition, all winners will have their winning FontStructions posted as Featured FontStructions for two weeks after the winners are announced.

FontStructors’ Favorite

The valid entry with the greatest number of legitimate favorites at 11pm PST on June 14 will be one of the three prizewinners.

Spread the Word

Tell your friends. The button floating above every FontStruction is a really quick and easy way to point your friends and followers to your work. Maybe you can drum up some more  favorite s for your entry in that way, or entice some novice FontStructors into the game.

Questions?

If you have questions just add them as comments to this post.

Let’s get FontStructing!


22 Comments

  1. architaraz

    Didn’t have any connecting scripts made before, so, it looks like it’s time to give a shot. Happy structing to everyone!

    Comment by architaraz — May 22, 2013 #


  2. Yautja

    Haven’t done scripts before either, will be an exciting comp!

    Comment by Yautja — May 23, 2013 #


  3. ETHproductions

    This is going to be a very interesting competition. Good luck, everyone!

    Comment by ETHproductions — May 23, 2013 #


  4. CMunk

    Thanks for the nice use of my Dry Heat in the samples :D

    I’ll see how I can balance this with my exams. It would be nice to place in top three for once; still, it would be even nicer to pass my exams :P

    Comment by CMunk — May 23, 2013 #


  5. demonics

    So fun! Okay, getting to work now…

    Comment by demonics — May 23, 2013 #


  6. Aeolien

    I like this :) I haven’t had much ‘success’ with my previous scripts so I hope I’ve learned a bit from looking at other FS scripts.

    Comment by Aeolien — May 23, 2013 #


  7. cablecomputer

    I’ve ever made scripts before, I think this comp would be challenging, good luck everyone!

    Comment by cablecomputer — May 23, 2013 #


  8. winty5

    Hmm, scripts are pretty hard, but I’ll try! :) That’s the FS spirit, TRY NEW STUFF!

    Comment by winty5 — May 23, 2013 #


  9. winty5

    I made my first, Railway Script!

    Comment by winty5 — May 23, 2013 #


  10. Umbreon126

    Does it require a character minimum?

    Comment by Umbreon126 — May 23, 2013 #


  11. Isaiah Garcia

    I’m going to like this competition.

    Comment by Isaiah Garcia — May 24, 2013 #


  12. elmoyenique

    Hands on, people!

    Comment by elmoyenique — May 25, 2013 #


  13. Bismuth

    Okay! I already finished mine in a day! (That’s a first for me! 8O )

    Comment by Bismuth — May 25, 2013 #


  14. Bismuth

    Wait! The tag auto-changes to “Scriptcomp” instead of “ScriptComp”! Does this matter? <:-(

    Comment by Bismuth — May 25, 2013 #


  15. will.i.ૐ

    @Bismuth: Nah, you’re good. That auto-formatting rule gets applied to all saved tags and won’t affect the eligibility of your competition entries. :)

    Comment by will.i.ૐ — May 25, 2013 #


  16. Bismuth

    Whew <8)

    Comment by Bismuth — May 27, 2013 #


  17. Isaiah Garcia

    This’ll be more difficult in bezier. Still trying it out.

    Comment by Isaiah Garcia — May 30, 2013 #


  18. Abneurone Fluid Types

    Frankly, a priori i didn’t think i could bring this theme to my esthetic world (same for the last “stencil” one). These comps are a great opportunity to push ourselves beyond, to discover unexpected territories which maybe we would not have reached without this special emulation. Never mind the results and the recognition when you have already won this battle with yourself and expanded your own vision in a satisfying and honest way, no pretending to be someone else…

    Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types — June 2, 2013 #


  19. ETHproductions

    I’ve got a question: is working on the entries for the Scriptcomp allowed after the deadline?

    Comment by ETHproductions — June 14, 2013 #


  20. meek

    @ETHproductions No! Not until the end of the judging period.

    Comment by meek — June 15, 2013 #


  21. elmoyenique

    The rules, you know: “Your submission(s) must be posted and made “public” between May 23 – June 14 2013. Although you are encouraged to share your submission(s) at any time between these dates, your FontStruction submission(s) must be public (marked “share with everyone”)
    no later then June 14 at 11pm PST (PST: -7 h to the GMT hour).
    Additionally, your submission(s) must remain public until June 30 in order to give the judges enough time to review all qualifying entries.”

    Comment by elmoyenique — June 15, 2013 #


  22. ETHproductions

    Thanks, I see now. This is my first competition, so I’m not very familiar with the rules.

    Comment by ETHproductions — June 16, 2013 #