LED Balloon

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Info: Created on 4th June 2018 . Last edited on Thu, 14th February.
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Funny, it looks strange in the editor preview screen, A through D are positioned higher for some reason.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 5th June 2018

I am just doodling, on too many medications and in too much pain, nevertheless. 

That's not a good a good place to be for creativity or learning.

But I still need to do something

Comment by SymbioticDesign 5th June 2018

OK, I guess this will be CC0, too.  Please note that CC0 is actually freeware.  A CC0 license is still a freeware license that allows the authoring artist to maintain the Copyright on his/her/its original work.  All other rights are lost, but when a work is released to the Public Domain it then becomes the property of the world, and the Copyright no longer exists.  CC0 is as close to being PD as possible, but still protects the credit to the artist without requiring any such credit attribution, anyway.

Comment by SymbioticDesign Wed, 13th February

Letters kerned.  I still have to do punctuation and assorted things.

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Comment by SymbioticDesign Thu, 14th February

LED - Light-Emitting Diode

LCD - Liquid Crystal Display

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Thu, 14th February

I know you are trying to be helpful, @77, but not everyone gets those things right when searching.  I put that in the tags so that this way, if they get it wrong, they may still see a result.  Besides, LED scrolling signs are being replaced with LCD scrolling signs that can do more than scroll, and they still might want the old style effect, because it would work for that as well.  C'mon, man.  You are way too critical sometimes.  Chill.

Comment by SymbioticDesign Thu, 14th February

letter 'q': What's there? This Brick got lost, right?

Comment by beate Thu, 14th February

q is there.  What are you not seeing?  Is there some instance where the q needs a little extra room (kerning)?  Because I did give it extra room in most cases, but to keep the design on a grid I used whole numbers when kerning.  q next to what letter, as it is there in the fontsruct preview and the graphic text sample image, @beate.

Comment by SymbioticDesign Thu, 14th February

No, everything is fine. I was just wondering if you wanted to add 'q' a narrative property. That would not match the rest of the sober pixel font.

Comment by beate Thu, 14th February

Now you are talking well beyond my ability to comprehend.  I am guessing you don't like the tail brick coming off it?  I don't like a q without it, I expect it there.  It's not a pixel font, though.  I realize it looks like one, and it is meant to, because that's how the LED scrollers work.  You see a prepresentative of the pixel you want to turn on or off.  Im part, it reflects the fact that the LED reflector that the bulb is based in is usually on a frame.  Or like the Goodyear blimp used to advertise, the bulbs were on a frame (though I doubt they were LED). 

Anyway, I have no idea what a narrative property is.  I like to base the shapes of lower case characters on the uppercase alot.  That's why I make funny looking a's that resemble the A.  The p, b and d are like sticks with loops on them (stems with lobes).  One has an ascender and the other descender, and they can resemble each other, or not.  The p and d have straight terminals (sort of like spurs).  The b does not, because it rests on it's bum.  Maybe I should add a spur to it, but if you are probably partially dislexic like me (because I didn't learn how to read until late, probably), you like to see differences in the characters that are shaped the same. 

The Q is an O with a tail.  Why wouldn't the q be an o with a tail?  And it can't just look like a flipped p, either.  That is why the extra brick on the tail, and yes, it uses a pixel design where the placement of it makes the end of the tail look like a triangle.  But it is all about legibility for me.  Style goes out the window, this is about function. 

But hey, it's not hard to fix if you want to.  I like the font as it sits.  Anyone can make a clone and fix it if they want. 

What do you mean by a sober pixel font?  It uses pixel design techniques, yes.  I get that, but it is not a pixel font.  So, a sober font?  What do you mean by that? 

Are these typography terms? 

Very curious.

Comment by SymbioticDesign Fri, 15th February

I'm not concerned that you change something. I was not aware that the readability is improved by this extra brick. I just wanted to understand it. It simply reminds me of a calligraphic element, as is sometimes the case with the letter q in script fonts (handwritten). 
In this context, I was surprised because the rest of the lowercase letters have no differentiating features. All have the typical clear and technical (sober) look. Therefore, at this point I did not realize the wanted similarity to the line from Q.

Comment by beate Fri, 15th February

I guess I learned that q in drafting class.  Even the one I just bolded looks unfinished, to me.

Comment by SymbioticDesign Fri, 15th February

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