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Info Created on 4th July 2009 . Last edited on 9th July 2009.
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    Does anybody know how to make non-reg glyphs (i.e.)open and close typographers' quotes, ligs etc)appear in the preview pane?

    Pardon my ignorance.
    Comment by intaglio 21st July 2009
    I'm not sure what OS you are using, but in Windows I've copied-and-pasted from Word and from CharMap.
    Comment by aphoria 21st July 2009
    I was meaning in Fontstruct itself. I don't set any samplers in anything else these days, but I haven't figured out how to make them appear in Fontstruct's preview pane, typing on-the-fly.

    Unless you mean -- doh! I use charmap within Fontstruct. I'll have to go away and try that. You used to be able to use the numeric keypad and the alt key but that doesn't seem to work any more.

    Thanks for the 10, by the way, I'm assuming that was you aphoria. This one had thalamic nipping at my heels all the way to try and make me stay honest, but it's such a struggle being a good boy.
    Comment by intaglio 21st July 2009
    Yep, I meant copy and paste into FontStruct.

    I forgot about the ALT + numpad method.

    I found these:

    ALT + 0145 = Left curly single quote
    ALT + 0146 = Right curly single quote
    ALT + 0147 = Left curly double quote
    ALT + 0148 = Right curly double quote

    I don't think it's possible to use this method for the ligatures.
    Comment by aphoria 21st July 2009
    Beautiful. Featherweight. I very much like the g,x,z,K,M,Z. Could you do a condensed version?
    Comment by Frodo7 21st July 2009
    Wow, what a beauty! I love these technical looking hairline fonts, and this one is definitely among the best I've seen so far. Definitely the best on fontstruct.
    I'm not entirely sure about 2, 4 and 7 yet... maybe you could try to make them slightly more angled?

    But apart from that: What the letter height in pixels here? You must have been scrolling your fingers bloody for this... I was already close to rampaging after doing eight letters for my first font that exceeds the fontstructor window yesterday... Really started hating that "pan view" tool. :P
    Comment by Tobias Sommer (shasta) 21st July 2009
    @aphoria: thanks for those. I need never escape the confines of Fontstruct again.

    @Frodo7: I doubt I could do a convincing condensed for this one. The overall width is governed by certain "shouty" glyphs like cap M, X, W. They already use the steepest incline, so there's nowhere to go for a condensed version. Believe me I've tried! I've discovered, through re-inventing the wheel, just why designers avoid this type of diagonal glyph in a modular face. It doesn't dissuade me from trying, though... it's fun to come up with hybrid forms that get round the limitation. (Only somewhat convincingly, he admits.)

    @shasta: hah hah! Yes. I swing between nice compact grid schemes and humongous ungovernable vistas. Each has its charm; each has advantages and disadvantages. In the best of all possible worlds we'd be able to 'struct fonts that were both economical and elegant. I'm always pleased when people come up with designs that fulfill that promise.

    A design like this demanded a huge grid because I wanted the freedom of spacing (where I start and end each glyph relative to the startpoint and right bearing) and the optical smoothing a huge grid gives.

    thalamic had the nice idea of smoothing off the transitions between angles, but the grid is so huge the effect gets lost. I was a bit too subtle with it.

    Yes -- the dreaded zoom tool. Maybe Mr Meek can give us a bit more leftside headroom in the next iteration of Fontstruct. Though that will only encourage users to create even huger landscapes.
    Comment by intaglio 21st July 2009
    Great font. I love how the dots of the i and j and . and , stand out so. Makes it seem like a map of letter-form constellations. (I'm thinking of the great ceiling of the Grand Central Terminal).

    I'm glad you took up the challenge. I see you as someone easily, handily able to do commercial fonts. The purpose of the challenge was to point you there. I know you have spent more time on this FontStruction than you normally do, but the limitations of the angled bricks restricted the "standard" typeface output (and I see that the urge to intagliate was too strong to resist in some places). On the whole, I commend you for trying to achieve the nearly impossible.

    The challenge is not over yet, and will not be until you yourself claim to have reproduced The Times Now or a La Belle Garamond Sans Serifi. I should like to suggest a less frustrating smaller grid for the next go.

    In the words of Bugs Bunny, "Ain't I a stinker!"

    Oh, gorgeous 2, BTW. And you nailed that g.
    Comment by thalamic 22nd July 2009
    I agree, the g is perfection.
    Comment by aphoria 22nd July 2009
    Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “infrastruct hairline” is now a Top Pick.
    Comment by gferreira_admin 22nd July 2009
    another smoothie. very easy on the eyes. your technical acumen make it seem so effortless. your ability to intagliate each font is subtle yet distinct :)
    Comment by funk_king 22nd July 2009
    I love simple and smooth fonts like these, good job! :)
    Comment by Stefani 26th July 2009
    Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “infrastruct hairline” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
    Comment by gferreira_admin 31st July 2009
    Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “infrastruct hairline” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
    Comment by gferreira_admin 24th December 2009
    Simply this : A Masterpiece
    I wonder how the hell you can get the control when all you can see on your overall screen is just a tiny bit of your letter. I need desperately to see the whole thing to understand what I do.
    Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 16th April 2010
    Gracias
    Comment by JaimeCEY 22nd December 2010

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