21st Century Wonky

by Goatmeal

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While suffering some serious fonter's block, here's another "wonky" experiment: this time, based on my "21st Century Dot Matrix" font.  Random numbers were used to determine each dot's nudged position for the vertical (–½ / –¼ / 0 / +¼ / +½), and another set of random numbers for the horizontal.  Each position had an equal 20% chance of placement.

On the previous "wonky" font ("Wonky Pins"), I adjusted some dots manually to be more visually pleasing, but I refrained from doing that here.  Because so many dots were nudged to extreme positions (–½ & +½ vertically and horizontally) WITHOUT further adjustment, the printed text is still legible but definitely not as refined at "Wonky Pins"...

This typeface was also based on 2 sets of dots this time: one randomized set for an even number of dots across a row (6 or 8), and the other set for an odd number of dots (7).  Sometimes, even dots and odd dots are used together on the same row in order to match the placement in the original design.  These blocks are present in the "À" position.  A slightly larger generic block in position "Á" is only present to prevent word processors from 'cutting off' dots nudged too far vertically up or down; initial test printings resulted in ½ dots being printed at those extremes.

Perhaps another "wonky" experiment will place the extreme ends at a lower chance of occurance (perhaps 10%) while the other three (–¼ / 0 / +¼) more at likely at 26.67% each.  Or perhaps an even higher chance that the dot is not even nudged at all, with lower likelihoods as you move outwards to the extremes.  This might alleviate the need for any manual adjustments, yet still get the point across that something... something has gone wonky with the printer...


Comment by Goatmeal 22nd february 2017
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “21st Century Wonky” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 3rd march 2017

@Meek - Thank you for the Top Pick.  As always, it is a great honor.   :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 3rd march 2017

I have used printers producing this kind of output. I didn't know they had so much planning power in their little brains to produce this result. 10/10 and a smile.

Comment by La police de caractère 5th march 2017

@La police de caractère - Thank you for the kind words.  Replicating natural 'chaotic' variations _is_ a lot of work!  ;^)

Comment by Goatmeal 6th march 2017

Love the randomness of the dot placement and how some of them start to overlap!

Comment by four 6th march 2017

Also makes me think of Kusama's obliteration room...

Comment by four 6th march 2017

@four - Thank you, Four!

Comment by Goatmeal 7th march 2017

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