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I got this crazy idea that I wanted to create a script that looked like it had been created by tiny pastel horses (you're allowed to laugh). My inspiration comes from the Burmese script and a few other closely related ones that all kind of look like hoof prints stringed together at different angles.
There was just one problem: FontStruct doesn't do these circular letters. So I used FontStruct to create a prototype with mostly 5×5 and 7×5 letters to make the most out of the rounded corners.
Once satisfied I set out to find a bunch of tools to create "real" fonts. Inkscape and Fontforge looked like the perfect combination for a cheapskate like me. Designing the letters in Inkscape was easy since they consist of a few standard elements combined at different angles. These elements in turn mostly consist of circle sectors merged together. Fontforge on the other hand is a constant source of frustration. The constant crashes are the least of my problems. Paths that are imported will contain several errors that need to be fixed and however hard I try I can't seem to adjust widths and bearings in a way that makes sense.
Currently the script takes about 90% of its letters straight from Burmese while the vowels are more closely inspired by Shan. The script is used to write English phonetically and works as a not-really-an-abugida. There's no inherent vowel and it thus works more like Tolkien's Tengwar. Initial consonants are written as conjuncts while final consonants are mostly written as a linear sequence. The twelve vowels of RP have been merged into ten. There are two sets of vowel diacritics: the regular ones based on Shan and the overly cutesy ones consisting of hearts, gems and celestial bodies.
Todo: Thicker letters. Larger diacritics and increased distance. My own set of letters using the same basic components – possibly featural but probably not. Proper metrics. Kerning. Ligatures. Learn AAT and/or Graphite.
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