Halfade

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by zephram
See also Halfade Black by zephram, Fullade by Cookielord.

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When life gives you halflemons, make Halfade!

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This is what I call a Plain Spurless design. There are no actual spurs, only right-angled corners to suggest spurs. All lowercase letters are like this except r, which is a Rounded Spurless because it needs to curve to avoid looking like Γ, and because it's only 2 bricks wide so there's no other place for it to curve.

I made this to have mostly right angles, to have a condensed look (see filrt), and to be good for speedreading. My own experiments in speedreading favored glyphs with simple curves which don't terminate in small arcs (see CGJSZfgjrsyz@()[]{}). There are exceptions (c2369?$) because these are more recognizeable when they have such arcs. Additionally, glyphs such as BPRXY have slightly rounded counters near the vertical center, which enhanced their readability without causing them to look out of place.

The remainder of design considerations were things which are fairly idiosyncratic and unlikely to be discovered by others. For instance, the descender of Q is 2 bricks, while lowercase letters' descenders are 3 bricks and symbols' descenders are 1 brick. This is the result of a technique that attempts to visually codify different cases & types of glyphs. The slightly different contours formed by each word on its underside seemed to enhance both readability and aesthetics.

Info: Created on Thu, 10th January . Last edited on Fri, 11th January.
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8 Comments

Comment by zephram Thu, 10th January

When life gives you quarterlemons, make Quarterade...

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Fri, 11th January
Comment by Good Bye (ecluniverso) Fri, 11th January

Have you thought of making a solidly filled version of this? Halfade looks pretty even when it's Fullade :)

Comment by Cookielord Fri, 11th January

Here's my vision of Fullade.

Comment by Cookielord Fri, 11th January

Will there be plans for a version with the inverse shading?

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Sat, 12th January

Yes, I have plans for that along with a few other variations, such as one with a more textured halftone look wherein each halftone size breaks the grid by extending into its neighbors a bit. I'm not sure when I will act on these plans, though.

Comment by zephram Sat, 12th January

wow!

Comment by eyecone Sun, 13th January

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