tm tarpaulin

by thalamic

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I saw the logo for [pictured below] a loooong time ago and was fascinated by it. It used to live on my computer desktop so I can look at it frequently. Even thought to redo it in fontstruct but...just looking at it, it was clear it wasn't least back then. At some point, the image was moved off to some other to-be-filed folder, and eventually I forgot about it.

I found it again the other day while hunting for some other file.

It was still fascinating. And in the meantime, fontstruct had grown up considerably (Thanks, Rob!). It was time to attempt doing it.

Well, kicked my ass, didn't it.

It seems so simple: One diagonal that goes from one letter to another in smooth transition, bisected by a different angle diagonals. No. Easy in concept, killer in making the geometry work of 2×1 diagonals to 1×4 diagonals.

No matter what thickness of diagonals were selected and whatever the gaps were left, the angles would not line up at some point or another. Which was confusing as 2 goes into 4 exactly 2 times, so things should have lined up without complication. I remembered, many years ago kix used Transparent Windows utility to make the browser transparent so he could trace silhouetted figures for one of his brilliant fs. Even tried tracing. Nope. After many failed attempts, had to break out Illustrator to better visualize the grid and diagonal guides of my own.

[See picture below]

Figuring out the geometry was much simpler in Ai. Found out where I was going wrong. First attempt at doing a and m and making them line up worked like a charm. From then on, it was just a matter of doing the glyphs. Some of them were simple to execute; others like e and c and especially z were quite least for my limited intelligence.

Anyway, here it is.

Disclaimer: The original logo is probably copyrighted to someone. I don't own the rights to it. It is displayed here for comparision purposes and for full disclosure. If the owners of the original logo have a objection for its display here, it will be removed immediately.

Info: Created on 10th April 2016 . Last edited on 18th April 2016.
License All Rights Reserved. No download available.
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Comment by thalamic 17th April 2016

Figuring out the 2×1 to 1×4 diagonals links in Ai.

Comment by thalamic 17th April 2016
Comment by thalamic 17th April 2016
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “tm tarpaulin” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 18th April 2016

Thanks, Rob

and Thanks, Rob. :)

Comment by thalamic 18th April 2016

Very cool. Looks hard. I never really understood all this stuff about angles and composites, I never seem to understand how you guys make such cool fonts ;)

Comment by Noah (winty5) 18th April 2016 the samples too.  :)

Comment by aphoria 18th April 2016

I'm with the boys, master.

Comment by elmoyenique 29th April 2016

That continuing diagonal works beautifully!

Comment by four 5th June 2016

smart, great result, thick angular , love it

Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 25th June 2016

love also how you manage the numbers

Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 25th June 2016

Thanks, guys. I love puzzle fonts.

Comment by thalamic 25th June 2016

Hey thalamic, that's a very cool & strong fontstruction. I love it ! Cheers.

Comment by beate 16th November 2016

Will there be also upper-cases? Please?! : )

Comment by beate 16th November 2016

it reminds me London 2012 Olympic font

Comment by syrber3 3rd July 2017

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