PIXEL-STRIKETHROUGH

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JUST A SIMPLE 3×5 PIXEL FONT. THE CAPITALS HAVE A WHITE STRIKETHROUGH.

CHANGELOG

• 2017:03:10 — FIRST RELEASE.

• 2017:12:17 — ADDED QUITE A LOT MORE LATIN CHARACTERS, BRINGING THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHARACTERS TO SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-SEVEN.

• 2017:12:18 — ADDED TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOUR CYRILLIC CHARACTERS, BRINGING THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHARACTERS TO A THOUSAND AND FORTY-ONE.

• 2017:12:20 — ADDED FIFTY ARABIC CHARACTERS, BRINGING THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHARACTERS TO A THOUSAND AND NINETY-ONE.

• 2018:01:05 — UPDATED THE CYRILLIC “И” AND “Й.”

• 2018:01:06 — ADDED TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX GREEK AND COPTIC CHARACTERS, BRAILLE AND OTHER SYMBOLS, BRINGING THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHARACTERS TO 1357. ALSO UPDATED THE CYRILLIC “Й.”

Info: Created on 10th March 2017 . Last edited on 6th January 2018.
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Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 17th December 2017

THIS IS A TEST TO SEE IF I CAN EDIT THE H.T.M.L. OF THE COMMENTS

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 18th December 2017
Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 20th December 2017
Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 4th January 2018

After my latest message about your "CASIO-Calculator-Font", I think I already tried this style of design in the early 1990s (even in late 2017 in "AGH" – see at the end of this picture).
But yours is (Latin) extended (thus potentially a lot more useful). I might compare your font to my similar ones (3x5) in the future.

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In pixel art, there are several ways to strikethrough. You opted for a partial and strictly top (and left) degradation (pixel removal), while a more advanced/complicated choice would be to replace the missing hole with a perceived shiny dot (invisible eventually, of course, although you might want to put a color to a hi-res draft, in 3D ideally). This trick works pretty well. I remember I used it in a signature of mine {but this Speccy image -too- is still pending an upload because of copyright concerns pertaining to my main typeface}…
OK, here it is, compared with your version. The optical illusion (direction of light – from the top in this very common case) might rely on the weight (thus the absence of square style in this signature), but more essentially on physically correct (not too incorrect) reflections (even at this very small scale of 3x4 letters). A complete strikethrough raises many ambiguities from the related degradations (low-res art is more fragile by essence since it contains fewer data). My choice was a compromise here: almost all the characters can be altered (± correctly) thanks to the 'flexible' positions (even though the nature of the line changes by the way, from an erasure to a reflection).

Comment by dpla 6th January 2018

P.S. Another sample (with these 4 letters) in this ZX Spectrum image (duly online), in 3x3(!) this time [after a chart of mine, dedicated to the -skilled- Speccy artists].

Comment by dpla 6th January 2018

Erratum: I widened your 3x5 into 4x5 for the easier comparison with my 4x4 (of course, and sorry – though it made sense).

Comment by dpla 6th January 2018

From Wikipedia.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 6th January 2018

Nice! (Logo remade by Vilnisr in 2011.)

Now I see -some of- your inspiration (the current generation v.s. the letter paintings -never fonts- in 1980s beach surfing / car customization and the further home computer demoscenes of the 1990s). This makes sense too! (less in a voxel editor that uses lighting physics, as in the freeware MagicaVoxel.)

B.t.w. I purchased half the old movie series in blu-ray (Star Wars is now no more than an almost insipid telenovela against my grown-up taste, ala$!)…

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Here is a fairly related TO-DO study (unreleased historic and artistic internet (re)search of mine) I might start again in the future, pertaining to analogies in cut and striped/sliced logos (after the French Valérian revival by Luc Besson in 2017):

CUT:
Aeromotive (Inc.)
Apple (hi-tech)
Asus (hi-tech)
DHL (Express)
Dow Jones (Industrial Average)
ESPN (channel)
Gillette (razors)
Internet Explorer (browser)
Kite (movie)
Microsoft ("os")
Microsoft Edge (browser, cf. Internet Explorer)
NASA (agency)
Taito (Corporation)
Valérian (cartoon)
Western Digital (hi-tech)
[etc.]

STRIPED/SLICED:
Adidas
AT&T
IBM
Sun Microsystems
[etc.]

FontStruct is more likely to help in the second (more glyph-based) category of effects (although the fontstructers' creativity might invalidate my assumption). :-)

Comment by dpla 6th January 2018

That's weird, I wrote a comment explaining why I uploaded a picture of the Star Trek: The Next Generation logo, but it seems to have disappeared. Not the first time it's happened for me on FontStruct. Anyway, I basically said that instead of making another regular pixel font, I made it in the 80's strikethrough style.

See my STAR TREK TNG UNITALICISED font at https://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1401346/80-s-2

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 6th January 2018

Another pixel font I made with a strikethrough - https://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1466976/quantum-strikethrough

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 6th January 2018

Yes, I could read the first 2 lines… I thought you overwrote your message incidentally. If this repeats (as it occurs to me constantly when I download the FS archives before going back [the old page does not update and cannot show my comment {required when I need the Html} + my 'fave' in red {though the server reminds of it later IMO}]), try forcing a refreshing of the page…

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I don't know a lot of actual related types/logos from the 1980s, but I might have seen a few low-res pixel fonts in the early video games (8x8 or 8x16?)… But I doubt as 3-dot of width (our screens were too fuzzy)…

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Your "QUANTUM-STRIKETHROUGH" font is a very nice one, although the pixel artist in me would prefer it with a state-of-the-art antialiasing (and shiny effects – I already did this stuff in the 1990s e.g. as demoscene logos). [Of course, the larger size of this fonstruction prevents me from integrating/commenting it as part as 'my' main project of very low-res (US-ASCII) fonts.] Yeah, I can feel the Star Trek logo in it, good & rather faithful job! (The oblique effect may be added in our advanced word processor.)

[You might want to add the direct links to the rest of this family on its page.]

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Your "STAR TREK TNG UNITALICISED" font is beautiful. When compared with the Wikipedian remake, I can spot a few differences of width (E…), ends (S, X…) and corners (A…).

[Ditto suggestion of family links there (this would avoid parsing your profile).]

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The FontStruct logo might belong to the IBM category I listed above…

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Just for the follow-up of my explanations about the -accurate- lighting in 3D, here is another (old) example by ephtracy, which featured arbitrary and fanciful pixel removals (modifed strikethrough). I'll drop a preview in my next comment (for the Live readers).

EPHTRACY logo in voxel art

Comment by dpla 7th January 2018
Comment by dpla 7th January 2018

Good render, I had no idea that other people were into pixel-strikethrough fonts! I am also into 3D rendering.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 7th January 2018
Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 7th January 2018

Here are some renderings I made in SketchUp.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 7th January 2018
Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 7th January 2018

Brave/handy SketchUp, I installed it too (but it lacks a realistic renderer).

Comment by dpla 10th January 2018
Comment by dpla 10th January 2018

+ This brief study omits the horizontal motion blur and scanline effects…

Comment by dpla 10th January 2018

That's pretty cool, I can see how the lighting plays a part in making it easier to read.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 10th January 2018

Your SketchUp model looks like an actual 'type slug' (on purpose :-)).

MagicaVoxel cannot texturize any cube face separately (unlike e.g. Minecraft), alas!

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Here is a short legibility TEST as voxels using your font name.

(Original files on dpla, with [1 2 3 / 4 5 6] and without [1 2 3 / 4 5 6] strikethrough.)

→ PASSED with your strikethrough!
(which is not applied on all your glyphs.)

So, I think you are right in your last post:
the strikethrough might add some legibility
(this depends on the colors and background).

Comment by dpla 10th January 2018
Comment by dpla 10th January 2018

To me, the strikethrough makes it look much more professional.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 10th January 2018

Well, when (pixel) art is involved, yes (in ITs, probably not – the more glyph data, the better for an unambiguous [i.e. context-independant] communication, IMO).

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In 2012, ponytheus used the strikethrough as a sucessful mean to stencil a 3x5 font, in "nusym"… (coincidentally, your "R" is the same.)

Comment by dpla 13th January 2018

Wow, some of those letters are identical. What a coincidence!

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 13th January 2018

Yep, that's what we need in 'my' project: skilled low-res experimenters (coders ideally, who can agree on the same good glyphs) that tend to build standards (i.e. recognizable degraded pixel glyphs). The smaller the grid, the fewer candidates, but the newcomers often think they can reinvent the wheel (since the early 1980s, hence the plethora of unusable 'micro' fonts – where a strict 3x5 is one of the largest matrices), and the need of my selection/comparison (with lots of comments, sorry for FS – as in 2013…).

Comment by dpla 13th January 2018
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