Brick by brick: News about FontStruct
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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!
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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…
The Handmade competition is now closed for entries.
Thank you, thank you everyone for taking part, and for all your incredible work. I’m truly amazed at the quality and range of entries this time around. I’ve enjoyed watching all the entries appearing over the past three weeks and I sense that enjoyment has been shared by many of you. The winners will be announced in a blog post on the 18th of October. In fact there are plenty of entries which deserve a blog post to themselves.
Important: Don’t forget to “heart” your favorites over the next week for the people’s choice award. This favorite voting will stop at 11pm PST on October 15th.
First things first. We’ve added four new bricks. With the new possibilities offered by FontStruct 2.0, some quarter ring shapes (the so-called “macaroni” bricks) make sense and have been requested by several users in contact mails and comment threads like this one, so here they are. Enjoy!
Today we made some changes to the “FontMortar”. The FontMortar is the part of FontStruct which actually generates the font files which you can download and use on your desktop.
It’s just better
As far as possible FontStruct tries to hide the dry, technical side of font design from you, the designer. If you just want to have fun with shapes, build your font and download it, then FontStruct was made for you and you can leave this post now, happy in the knowledge that we’re continuing to improve the quality of those downloads.
Apart from a few minor problems, things seem to have gone well with the update to FontStruct 2.0. Thanks to everyone who has made us aware of the various glitches that did occur. Looking in the gallery we’re already seeing some fantastic creations taking advantage of the new possibilities.
Today we updated the site again with a few bug fixes, and one powerful enhancement to the composite bricks feature. Let’s talk about the enhancement first. Continue reading…