Wonky Pins

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by Goatmeal
See also Wonky Pins Europe1 by Aeolien.

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Beauty from imperfection... Using the "nudge" tool, I tried to make a dot matrix font where it looks like the print-head was damaged and the pins were consistently mis-aligned. Using a spreadsheet to help randomize the dot positions from center ( U/D/L/R ), the resulting effect looks merely "OK" on the screen; it's just not as subtle as I had hoped... But you know what? I printed a couple of pages of text using this TTF font at 12-pt, and it seems to have a more 'natural' and 'authentic' look than dots that are perfectly aligned! So, I consider this one a success, and I hope you do, too. ;^)
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Comment by Goatmeal 28th April 2015
Beauty from imperfection...

Using the "nudge" tool, I tried to make a dot matrix font where it looks like the print-head was damaged and the pins were consistently mis-aligned. Using a spreadsheet to help randomize the dot positions from center ( U/D/L/R ), the resulting effect looks merely "OK" on the screen; it's just not as subtle as I had hoped...

But you know what? I printed a couple of pages of text using this TTF font at 12-pt, and it seems to have a more 'natural' and 'authentic' look than dots that are perfectly aligned! So, I consider this one a success, and I hope you do, too. ;^)
Comment by Goatmeal 28th April 2015
A fun idea! My old printer had some 'snapped' not mis-aligned pins so I can't test your font. Your wonky pins deserve a TP and my 10/10
Comment by Aeolien 28th April 2015
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Wonky Pins” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 28th April 2015
@meek - Rob, as always, I am humbled and appreciative of this recognition, as well as deeply honored. Thank you.
Comment by Goatmeal 28th April 2015
@Aeolien - ...and thank you for your kind words!
Comment by Goatmeal 28th April 2015
Another great work. Yes, the text looks definitely more natural than the one with perfectly aligned dots. It's amazing how much thought you've put in to achieve the effect. It is very difficult, might I say, nearly impossible to generate true randomness. Furthermore, I reckon, the imperfections generated by a faulty printhead are nonrandom, but chaotic. Unlike random noise, chaos has structure with built-in self-similarity.

I know, this theory is way beyond the scope of a font project. I can't help but write about fractals when I see one. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 29th April 2015
Another great work. Yes, the text looks definitely more natural than the one with perfectly aligned dots. It's amazing how much thought you've put in to achieve the effect. It is very difficult, might I say, nearly impossible to generate true randomness. Furthermore, I reckon, the imperfections generated by a faulty printhead are nonrandom, but chaotic. Unlike random noise, chaos has structure with built-in self-similarity.

I know, this theory is way beyond the scope of a font project. I can't help but write about fractals when I see one. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 29th April 2015
This is so amazing.

I recently read the problem these music subscription services face regarding randomizing. They say that when something is truly random, it is completely conceivable that five songs from a singly artist play in the same order as in the album, each randomly selected. Of course, when this happens it seems to the listeners as non-random. To counter, they have to create complicated algorithms to randomize in a manner that also appears random, which essentially means not actually random.

Since dot matrix, by creating a matrix of dots and then nudging them out and then extracting the letters out of the matrix, you did an amazing work of creating consistent inconsistency. Excellent.
Comment by thalamic 29th April 2015
I'm with the guys, great font! 10/10.
Comment by elmoyenique 29th April 2015
@Frodo7: Thank you for the kind words!

I was trying to capture the effect of old print-outs I made (and still have) from the mid-to-late '80s; the force of the pins, the quality & viscosity of the ink on the printer ribbon, and the quality & texture of the paper all affected how the dots "looked" on the page...

Instead of "random," perhaps the result here is more of a "controlled chaos" ! :^)
Comment by Goatmeal 29th April 2015
@Thalamic: Thank you for the kind words!

And I have had the same problems making my own music playlists -- I try to "randomize" them several times over using a spreadsheet, but every so often while playing them on "Random/Shuffle," I still detect patterns that songs from certain albums seem to be 'favored' over others... ;^)
Comment by Goatmeal 29th April 2015
@Elmoyenique: Thank you for the kind words! I appreciate your support.
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