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tryin’ hard, I got screwy.

greek and cyrillic shaping up;
more characters to come... [update April, 2013:: The basic latin set has morphed into a new gothic sans design thanks to a host of solutions enabled by the new propeller bricks.]
Info: Created on 8th September 2009 . Last edited on 16th April 2013.
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Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 25th September 2009
I like it ... a lot.
Comment by p2pnut 25th September 2009
Love that Q.
Comment by aphoria 25th September 2009
Innovative and funky. Like.
Comment by thalamic 25th September 2009
From fontstruct’s worst guest and most notorious sandbagger: Thanks guys always for the appreciation : )

I feared the U&lc would come out hopelessly disparate – stylistically and proportionally – but managed to match up just enough quirky details to create a happily funked-up union. The XXL x-height and jaunty ascenders I just had to learn to love.

And how ’bout that cyclopic Van Gogh dagger(fish)? Too soon? ; )
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 25th September 2009
pretty excellent and mighty funky :) excellent execution of concept from A to...um the end :)
Comment by funk_king 26th September 2009
...and I thought something like this had surely been done here before. If so, I sure couldn't find it now.

But please let give some due credit:

shasta for the tagger sensibility that qualified my drippy Q and fat-nibbed flair.
afrojet and funk_king for their Josef Albers and Wim Crouwel riffs and revivals.
typerider for inspiring me again to do more with a small grid. (peghole wide is and always will be totally awesome.)
saberrider for flirting with a similar ratio of squished brick, though via a different approach.
thalamic for being thalamic ^.^.

To be honest, most mentioned above could have polished off something just like – or better than – djangogh. But for me the lure of fontstruct remains peeking beneath the unstacked brick, eking out new geometry from the many limitations and arcane mysteries of the system ; )
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 26th September 2009
Really F**kin cool.
Madness at its best.
Comment by djnippa 26th September 2009
Upper T needs work though. Its just too hard to read.
Comment by djnippa 26th September 2009
Fantastic futuristic atmosphere, extended character set and great submarine sample.
Comment by gferreira_admin 26th September 2009
Some alternatives that may spark you into creating a different T.
Comment by djnippa 26th September 2009
This crushes. That screw works on so many levels. I see some Russian constructivist influences as well. But really, this is just completely original.
Comment by afrojet 27th September 2009
will.i.om?
---Oh hey, it's williaum!

Williaum is back.
YAY!

Hi.
Comment by minimum 27th September 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “djangogh” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 1st October 2009
Very innovative!
Comment by Magic Sam 1st October 2009
Just excellent!
Comment by laynecom 2nd October 2009
Hey, thanks everyone for the love. I will respond as soon as I can in better grace, just know it has been a crazy week for me culminating in getting in an almost-fatal car crash hundreds of miles from home last night! I'm lying in bed with a concussion and finding it hard to finish thoughts through the pain. Bear with me – I know you know how.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 5th October 2009
Oh man... I'm glad that you survived! I hope you getter better soon. All the best.
Comment by gferreira_admin 5th October 2009
Great style, amazing screw, awesome sample, and best of all: 383 characters... Chapeau! You might just have gotten one of my rare 10s. The only thing I don't really like are the quotation marks... How about a round version? I think it would fit better to the rest of the font.
(I btw don't even know how I'd have deserved any credit for such a masterpiece... I definitely couldn't have polished off something like this or I guess I would have done it a long time ago. ;) But your drippy Q does look very cool!)
Comment by Tobias Sommer (shasta) 8th October 2009
Dude, fast work... I like it much better now! :)
Comment by Tobias Sommer (shasta) 8th October 2009
If anybody wants a definitive example of a font that's both quirky and stylish, this beauty surely qualifies. 10!

Comment by fontcollector 11th October 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “djangogh” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 20th October 2009
Congrats for the Featured Download!
Upon looking through your characters again I agree with djnippa that you should really think about implementing an alternative T, the current solution really is pretty unreadable. I like nippa's suggestions, especially the first and the last one...
Comment by Tobias Sommer (shasta) 20th October 2009
Amazing work! I very much like the super-serifs of E,F,S,3,&. Very consistent, fresh and brave new design, with impressive character set. Отличная работа! 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 20th October 2009
I Especially like th lower-case eth. (ð)
Comment by Mel O'Mann (aaaalllleeeexxxx) 20th October 2009
Felicitaciones y te deseo una pronta recuperación.
Amazing work. Amazing Sample. Cool-as-dante's-hell glyphs!
Comment by cayo 20th October 2009
To everyone: Thank you tremendously for your generosity and taking the time to recognize me and my small contribution to the fontosphere!

The next thing I want to say is: two weeks later, my recovery from dancing with Death is going better than I might have expected. The concussion effects still linger, yet I have been able to return to work half-time and have great hope for a complete physical recovery in time. So, thanks again for all your care well wishing – ¡Un Enorme agradecimiento!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 20th October 2009
The T Party , Pt. I:

Nippa: Sorry for the slow response. I really do appreciate your thoughtful input; things in my life seemed busy when you first commented before going just nuts soon thereafter.

To be sure, I experimented extensively with the design of djangogh’s T. Facing such an extreme combination of grid size, filter settings, and style, both the T and Y presented potential show-stoppers. Their stems should of course fall in the center as you astutely demonstrate above.

But even more primary than legibility (typographic blasphemy!), the quintessence of this design is boldness, internal rhythms, and boundary-pushing verve. Thin vertical counters are djangogh’s heart; distinctive symmetrical modulation of this its soul. I promise, they told me so!

And I simply fell in love with the stemless solutions – the only direction I found to really fly. Call them artifacts of my own obsession. Such magnificently iconic, powerfully oscillating positive and negative space – Serifs swallowing their very formative anatomy. Kinda sounds like a Bosch painting? >*-›}>

Many other letters court and spark on the illusive super-serif (thank you, Frodo7, for observing this!) but the T fully embodies it. It epitomizes the spirit of djangogh.

Which came first, I left the party wondering, the chicken or the beak; the root or the stem; the fundament or the sky?

Please know I greatly appreciate your and Shasta’s suggestions on their own terms – and my guess is they all go rather well with the lowercase set.

I featured djangogh’s T so prominently in the sample as I greatly desire feedback on both its impressive and underwhelming qualities (so far mostly the later :). It’s important for me to hear you question it and for me to attempt to illuminate my process. Considering it comes from such an unconventional and riddled place, I believe it works unreasonably well. I want to present it boldy. To fail beautifully while doing something never before seen.

In other words, it’s the closest I’ve come to internalizing and expressing the vibrantly gestural and often perplexingly complex code of graffiti art, tagging, pixação...still a mystery to me!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 21st October 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “djangogh” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 24th December 2009
jeez. i just realized you are williaum. how are you doing after all?

waht was that font of you called with that hole in the middle of your glyphs?isnt it public anymore? i cant find it...

best wishes
Comment by kix 24th February 2010
GOSH, this is a good font! I dont't believe this! And it's only like 5 pixels tall on the FSer! What an amazing accomplishment!
I love to see how you did that I! The whole bloody font is excellent, well worth the Featured Download and TP.
10 to the 150 power out of 10!
(That's a 1 followed by 150 zeros, which is less than this font deserves!)
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 17th February 2011
Thanks xeno,

With this piano key face, I embraced the inherent notchiness of non-integer advanced scaling of the x-axis. This is a good contrast to my recent Geodoni EBC, which uses 2:2 filtering and the new compositing and stacking features as a basis for individual brick scaling.

With Djagogh, I use a variety of inventive brick combinations to enclose the counter spaces formed by my scaling settings. You see how I connected the top of the B (and many others)? That little imperfect trick to blend curve and diagonal informed my particular choice of scaling factor, though i decided to tweak it a tiny bit out of optimum range so as to achieve maximum display regularity in all the different preview widgets. I know, it’s a rather arbitrary metric once the font is downloaded, nevertheless I consider it a worthy bonus when on-site previews look their most pristine. :)

I am working on an fs 2.0 version of Djangogh which is even more effective in balancing the sizes of the vertical, horizontal, and diagonal counters. Look out!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 17th February 2011
I'll be looking forward to that. Amaze us!
By the way, sorry for freaking out. This font is just so great.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 23rd March 2011
Just looked at v.2. Heck of a lot better than this one. Every single font you make is worthy of a TP and FD. And several have gotten them!
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 24th June 2011
Thanks!
Comment by opipik 3rd June 2013