Brick by brick: News about FontStruct
Posts from Rob Meek (meek)
There’s a new beta version of the FontStructor available for testing.
We’d love you to take it for a spin and please let us know if you find any issues with it.
If you want to edit a specific FontStruction in the beta version, go to the FontStructor and load the FontStruction as usual. Once it has loaded, go to the beta URL above.
Apart from a few minor interface tweaks, there are some new features. Continue reading…
The judges have deliberated and now it’s time to announce the results in the FontStruct “Illustration” competition for illustrative, modular typefaces.
It was especially hard work judging this time. Not only was there a record number of entries, but without the underlying coherence of an alphabet, the fonts often did not reveal their qualities at first glance. The judges needed to examine the entire character set, and look at the font at different sizes. Samples were also even more important than usual. The diversity of approaches to the brief taken by designers made it difficult to find common judging criteria, and about fourteen different entries were mentioned in the judges notes. Amazingly, despite this, three clear winners did emerge. Before we get to them, let’s review some of the other entries mentioned by the judges. Continue reading…
Thanks to everyone who entered the “Illustration” competition. The entries were numerous and wonderfully diverse this time around.
The results of the judging will be announced on this blog on Friday May 13th.
The judges are:
- Kai Vermehr from eBoy
- Stephen Coles from Typographica and Fonts in Use
- Gustavo Ferreira AKA hipertipo
- Theresa dela Cruz from FontShop (creator of the first ever illustrative FontStruction “Kawaii!”)
- John Skelton AKA afrojet
They’ve got their work cut out!
▲ “Slice The Serif” by Kathryn Evans Prosser (click images to enlarge)
Every autumn, some remarkable visitors arrive on FontStruct. For a few weeks, a great storm of creative energy rages through the gallery. Our servers creak and groan. Bricks fly in all directions. And then, as suddenly as they came, they go; leaving behind some exceptional FontStructions and, everywhere, the mysterious tag: UWE.
This year, we succeeded in tracking down some of the people behind this strange phenomenon. We asked them to tell us about their work, and they very kindly agreed …
Over the last few weeks, FontStruct intern Lorenz Fidel Huchthausen AKA Tylo has been busy designing and testing some great new FontStruct T-Shirts. Here he is sporting the “T-FX 361331″ design which showcases the wonderful “fs I Square” by minimum. We thought it would make sense to offer some merchandise which showed off the talent of FontStruct designers, to compliment the existing products based on the FontStruct logo.
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.
I’m delighted to announce that FontShop has generously agreed to sponsor FontStruct for a further two years starting today.
Everyone knows that FontShop are leaders in the business of selling fonts. They launched FontStruct in April 2008 in order to promote their brand and raise their international profile, but behind the marketing strategies and business goals was a natural enthusiasm and love for the project itself. A company founded by typographers and designers rather than “suits”, FontShop is defined and set apart from its competitors by their passion for everything typographic and creative. FontStruct is just one expression of this.
318,000 confirmed registrations and 328,000 font designs later, FontStruct has proved itself the perfect playground for novice typographers, educators and modular-type fanatics alike. It simply would not exist without the faith, vision and financial support of its backers. So, on behalf of the FontStruct community,
… and thanks again
Alongside the new sponsorship deal, FontShop have agreed to transfer legal ownership of FontStruct to me, also starting today.
Have a FontStructive day!
(“Thank you” typed using T: ariapenciroman by kix, H: RM Tubeway chrome by p2pnut, A: Scaffoldini by funk_king, N: RM Scrapheap FS 1.0 by p2pnut, K: cranestruct by funk_king, Y: Nuts Bolts and Wrenches by raiu, O: cedar by kekeh, U: Masheensmith by vertigokid)
The results are in for the second FontStruct competition “Handmade”. It was a thrilling three weeks with some quite extraordinary FontStructing and offline handiwork appearing on the site. I hope all participants and everyone else had as much fun as I did. The standard of entries was extremely high, making the task of judging an extremely difficult. The judges came up with a very broad and diverse range of favorites, but once the votes had been added together, some clear winners emerged. Continue reading…