Charmer

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See also Charmer Black by aphoria.

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Info: Created on 11th June 2009 . Last edited on 18th July 2009.
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Not much of a sample, but...
Comment by aphoria 29th June 2009
funky new stlye. i like that thumb action on the F and G :)
Comment by funk_king 29th June 2009
Thanks funk_king.

I forgot to mention there are a few alternates...a, e, and 0. I also forgot to put them in the sample.
Comment by aphoria 29th June 2009
Nice one Aphoria. I could see some fun fills with this one. Dig that @ symbol.
Comment by afrojet 30th June 2009
This is very well done, aphoria. Love the 1 and the G. The join at the C looks like it's puckering up to kiss you. :)

The @ is gorgeous...but it is supposed to have the single bowl a in it...I think.
Comment by thalamic 30th June 2009
I'm running out of superlatives. I need to go to the store and get some more.

What have I got left in the box? Charming indeed. Subtle. Absolutely beautiful colour.
Comment by intaglio 30th June 2009
really cool solutions on this one.
great "@"!
are you gonna try an ampersand"
Comment by jmarquez 30th June 2009
really cool solutions on this one.
great "@"!
are you gonna try an ampersand"
Comment by jmarquez 30th June 2009
Thank you all. Your compliments and comments are very appreciated.

@thalamic You got me thinking about the @. I thought I'd surely seen some like this, but couldn't think of any names. So, I looked through all the fonts on my computer. I found a handful:
Comment by aphoria 30th June 2009
Here are the alternates.

] = a
~ = e
` = 0

Comment by aphoria 30th June 2009
@jmarquez I'll ponder a &. :)

I don't know why the alternates image is appearing on this post, but I can't get rid of it.
Comment by aphoria 30th June 2009
Aha! That Museo @ is tasty. So there are precedents. And Corbel is an Ascender Corp. font, so I guess there's research behind it. But...from my own Buddha thinking, the 'at the rate of' symbol must have been developed a long time ago, pre-publishing (?), maybe. The point is, the one bowl @ can be written in a single stroke, while the typeset a requires two strokes. Since the purpose of @ was, probably, to reduce the writing out of the same stuff over and over in accounting ledgers and balance sheets, it only makes sense if it was single stroke.

That's all aside. Since the real purpose of writing is to communicate, and since both a @ do the same thing effectively, I suppose it is OK to use either.

/me off to research @
Comment by thalamic 30th June 2009
I added an alternate, more traditional @, just for thalamic. :)

It's on the ^.
Comment by aphoria 30th June 2009
From History of the 'at' symbol

"History tells us that the @ symbol stemmed from the tired hands of the medieval monks. During the Middle Ages before the invention of printing presses, every letter of a word had to be painstakingly transcribed by hand for each copy of a published book. The monks that performed these long, tedious copying duties looked for ways to reduce the number of individual strokes per word for common words. Although the word "at" is quite short to begin with, it was a common enough word in texts and documents that medieval monks thought it would be quicker and easier to shorten the word "at" even more. As a result, the monks looped the "t" around the "a" and created it into a circle-eliminating two strokes of the pen."

Thanks for my very own @. :)
Comment by thalamic 1st July 2009
I added an & and an alternate & on the (. They are basically the same but the alternate is thinner.

Thoughts?

Comment by aphoria 1st July 2009
Thanks for the history thalamic. :)
Comment by aphoria 1st July 2009
I thought this was thalamic's when I first saw it. Good work, aphoria. I like the overlaps.
Comment by geneus1 2nd July 2009
Thanks geneus1, it's an honor to be confused for thalamic. :)
Comment by aphoria 2nd July 2009
Wow a lot of very clever work.
Has a similar look to FT Roundabout.
Comment by janking 2nd July 2009
Well, I've never seen FT Roundabout, but that probably just got my Top Pick revoked before I even got it.
Comment by aphoria 2nd July 2009
@aph: LOL! True.
Comment by thalamic 2nd July 2009
I guess I was right.
Comment by aphoria 10th July 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Charmer” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 22nd July 2009
Sorry for the delay, aphoria – Somehow I overlooked this one. :-/

Wonderful, as everyone said. My only comment is about the j – I think it creates a big whole inside of words. You could try to make it more like the g and the y.

(And maybe the 7 could use the spine of the ? :-)
Comment by gferreira_admin 22nd July 2009
today i feel a more educated and inspired man, but that's one heck of a cool @!
Comment by cayo 22nd July 2009
Thanks for the pink dot Gustavo. It's always a good feeling to get some official recognition. :)

I'll explore your suggestions and see what I can come up with.
Comment by aphoria 23rd July 2009
Thanks cayo. The @ is definitely one of my faves in this font.
Comment by aphoria 23rd July 2009

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