Chocobot Milk Highlight

by SquarePeg

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Dear Human, here is our latest confection: a delicious version of Chocobot Milk. Don't believe the rumors that Chocobot Labs uses human ingredients in its products. Inspected by Chocobot CBM-91.
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    Created on 16th August 2009. Last edited on 20th April 2010.
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Comment by SquarePeg 22nd august 2009
Very nice. Could you do one filled with marzipan cream? Or with hazelnuts? :)) I very much like the clean shapes of your letters. The Stacked version now looks quite different from its siblings. One minute critique, if I may: the diagonal part of the Z looks a bit thinner than the rest of the strokes. Consider some fine optical adjustment. Congratulations. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 22nd august 2009
Thanks for your feedback and vote, Frodo7!

The clean shapes of the letters are actually the work of Mr. Kominek; I have not changed them at all. :-)

As for diagonal lines looking thinner in FontStruct; you are quite right. I've never been happy with that either, and in my early FontStructions I mostly avoided using diagonals. I'll have to think about how to make fine optical adjustments, as you suggest.
Comment by SquarePeg 22nd august 2009
One minute critique, if I may: the diagonal part of the Z looks a bit thinner than the rest of the strokes. Consider some fine optical adjustment.

Update: Frodo, I tried doing this on the White Highlight version I am currently working on. However, as you can see from the screenshot below, I ran into some trouble! I would need a brick shaped like the red shape in the image to optically adjust the drop shadows. Thanks for the suggestion, though! It was worth trying.

Comment by SquarePeg 25th august 2009
Maybe I spoke too soon... After my last comment, I went back and made the shadow a bit thicker... The only catch is that now the diagonal looks slightly thicker! Ah, well, nothing is perfect, I guess. Now I have to decide whether I will adjust the diagonals, but at least I know it can be done. :-) Thanks again, Frodo, for pushing me to improve this FontStruction.

Comment by SquarePeg 25th august 2009
I ran into the same problem when I was designing the original. I opted for the thinner diagonal, though I suppose mathematically, the thicker one is closer to what it should be.

Looking good, though :-)
Comment by LexKominek 25th august 2009
Thanks, Lex. It's good to know that you considered that solution. I am hesitant to modify the shapes even the slightest bit, which is why I will probably stick with the thinner diagonals.
Comment by SquarePeg 25th august 2009
@SquarePeg: to increase the width of diagonals by small increments was never a problem with FS. I'm glad you have found the right solution. In some cases the diagonal stroke (of S,Z,N etc.) is
a bit wider than their vertical or horizontal counterparts. This is especially true for modern grotesque, neo-grotesque or humanist sans serif type faces (e.g. Akzidenz Grotesk; Helvetica,
Univers; Frutiger, Meta, respectively). There are exceptions, as always (e.g. Gill Sans, Metro, ITC Kabel). The rule to follow is what LexKominek have already concluded: what is "looking good" is good, regardless of exact point numbers.
Comment by Frodo7 26th august 2009
good font man
Comment by Sergio Berkenbrock (gray.scale) 6th december 2009
Thanks, gray.scale! I hope you like the whole series, as well as Lex Kominek's original Chocobot FontStructions.
Comment by SquarePeg 7th december 2009

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