STF_VOLLE BUISJES

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by Sed4tives
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VOLLE BUISJES — Geometric sans-serif style
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[ INTRODUCTION ]
This font had derived and materialized from my previous FontStruction called Buisjes, and had innitially been planned to be made into this “solid”-style instance that would've then were to be combined and included to the original master font. That idea was later canceled when I decided not to make this part of the “Buisjes”-typeface.
I still went on completed it though, but I was now simply treating it as this unrelated new font instead.
The original “outlined”-variant still stood testimony in this second stage of development, as it served as the global basic backbone for this. But, since it now no longer was bound by accurate representation I could start utilize more dynamic sculpting techniques and make minute adjustments that incnclude some optical corrections, as well as implementing a slight more polished looking geometry.

[ TECHNICAL BACKGROUND ]
I took a clone from “Buisjes” and started modifing it into this new solid style. What I basically did was utilizing the brick swap-method in the FS-editor to replace every brick inside the font's “My Bricks”-palette. By doing so, essentially converting the font one-brick-at-a-time into this 1 : 1 conversion of its source without making any additional changes to the actual glyph-contours.

After a while due to some undesirable result that came from replacing the original bricks the design took a different turn when I started realizing that making an exact 1 : 1  conversion into this solid style wouldn't generate the most desirable looking font. This new solid version that was rendered from the “brick swap”-process seemed to have several optical complications, that when compared to the original outline version, had quite the different effect on its physical properties as well as the aesthetic quality of the letterforms, and had far less visual appeal. These newly presented optical misfortune also had a direct negative effect on the font's legibility. In oder to gain a better understanding as to why it took a toll on legibility some additional thing needs to be explained first, to make sense of it all later. This explains in short the visual effect of added contrast that comes from that “bi-linear”-characteristic nature of the outline version, which employs so much more emphasis to the font's overall geometric properties of various form, and therefor to the contour shape of a glyph. In return this has a direct impact on the overall effectiveness of these forms.

The reduction of this additional contrast within the font's “positive vs. negative”-whitespace balance for the solid version results in a letterform that has a rather weak representation of its several typographic components as well as for each of the individual letter-parts that form a whole, which also help to distinguish one letter from another. In simple words this means that a solid style lacks a lot of that emphasis that is present in the the original outline version, and makes for a far less pleasant and effective font.

Another issue I had with the 1 : 1 identical conversion was the unanticipated but pretty drastic deterioration of its initial “wow”-factor in the solid version that was generated. No longer beneficiary from additional added value that came with a more “decorative”-characteristic that  is present within a outlined glyph contour. Also the “bi-linear”-nature of the outlined letters sort of gave the impression it was putting double the emphasis to the typographic parts and the geometric properties that make up each letterform. The rather squarish “box”-like characteristics of the lettering became much more evident in the solid glyph face. Shifting visual focus from the previously more ornate display attraction away towards this more “mechanical”-style that is this rather plain and somewhat shallow looking flat faced letter.

All of these were things that worked out just fine in the font's outlined version, but not so much in terms of a solid “filled”-like style.


Here are some of the things that cause trouble within an exact  1 : 1  conversion into solid bricks:

 • Enclosed typographic elements render much thicker than what is considered “acceptable”
(requires optical correction)  

 • Diacritics render too thick and often too big
(requires a complete re-design)  

 • Radius of FontStruct's default solid circle arc connection brick is too small
    ‣ Making a solid font constructed from these to look compressed
    ‣ Arc intersection point not sitting deep enough

 • Reduced emphasis in depth of geometric form
    ‣ Simple rather “feature-less” and “squarish”-looking geometry
(both requires numerous custom composite bricks in order to break-away from these constraints)


— The combination of the above in terms of the appropriate adjustments required to make optical corrections in order for it to have balanced proportions will have such significant impact to certain aspects of the physical presentation of the letterforms that they no longer share that seamless overlapping cohesion, and it couldn't really classify any longer as being this solid / filled style instance to the original master font.

That wasn't all (LOL) but yeah I'm done typing for now!

Hope you like it, more info follows..

Cheers

57 Comments

Comment by Sed4tives 4th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 4th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 4th september 2023

What a complete and extensive set of characters! Excellent font and very useful, pal! Days of hard work here, I know. 11/10

Comment by elmoyenique 4th september 2023

And also a lot of subtle details. Great.

Comment by elmoyenique 4th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 4th september 2023

@elmoyenique: Thanks a lot for the careful observations concerning to the many subtleties that were put into the design. Thanks a lot for the ever kind words of yours compa, much appreciated!

Comment by Sed4tives 4th september 2023

You should make the first pair the default forms…

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 5th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 5th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 13th september 2023

Cyrillic in action.

Comment by Sed4tives 13th september 2023

The diacritic on Ѐ is missing, and the diacritic on ѓ appears to be wrong. The cyrillic letterforms work pretty well. I wonder if you plan on adding a serbian form of б, as well as Greek? 10 out of 10

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 13th september 2023

Corrected accents in Cyrillic, thanks for pointing 'm out. The rest I don't know yet. But has to wait to when I get back at PC, I made these small corrections from my mobile device!

Comment by Sed4tives 13th september 2023

Wow! More and more tequil... (oops) wonderful glyphs! Heady moments, pal. Congrats.

Comment by elmoyenique 14th september 2023

@elmoyenique: Thank you for these stimulating words my friend. So yeah, the font is materializing very well up till this point. Support for 115 languages, and more still to come..

@BWM: I have included two different alternate cursive forms for the Cyrillic lowercase letter Be, allowing Serbian and Macedonian scrip. Also included the Greek lowercase letter Delta, which closely resambles similar form, but with a slight different upper section.

Let me know what you think of theim,

Cheers

Comment by Sed4tives 15th september 2023

All three glyphs you mentioned look pretty nice. I wonder if you have plans on making edits in FontLab to improve the curves so they look nicer when this design is completed

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 15th september 2023

Yeah, I will perform some finalizing in FontLab eventually to tie it all together nicely since the font became a pretty serious endeavour by now.

Comment by Sed4tives 15th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 15th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 16th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 16th september 2023

"Balanced harmonic proportions"... These are three very important words for creating beautiful glyphs. And you use them. About the Poggendorff illusion: I already knew it and had used it to "trick" certain annoying glyphs, but I didn't know its real name. Thank you. You've got a lot of very interesting typographic curiosities in your bag, compa!

Comment by elmoyenique 16th september 2023

And thanks for sharing this beautiful gif(t) too.

Comment by elmoyenique 16th september 2023

Always a pleasure compa!

Comment by Sed4tives 16th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 16th september 2023

[ NEW UPDATE ]
Included multiple sets of enclosed alphanumerics and symbols. Enabling the
creation of more powerful list generation options.

All enclosed alphanumeric forms originally intended to use as bullets for lists are
monospace characters and were tailor made to function specifically as bullets.
They have equal glyph advance widths that provide perfect vertical alignement.

These include:
 • ‘Parenthesized’ digits
 • ‘Full stop’ digits
 • ‘Full stop’ Latin small letters
 • ‘Parenthesized’ Latin small letters


But this also includes a number of more peculiar looking, somewhat ‘out of place’-
characters that have a more personalized meaning.
These are specialized enclosed symbols for encoding text-add-on superiors.

‘Superscript’-style rendering of ‘abbreviated’-text symbols and signs to add in a
regular text. The glyphs sit at different positions for the different uses, respective
to its purpose.
The positions for these glyphs do not align with the four most common positions
traditional superiors and inferiors typically sit at.

This set was solely crafted for music festival promotional arts and printed media,
such as flyers, posters, brochures or booklets that contain a line-up or time-tables
with the scheduled acts for the event.

Sample image with a demonstration follows soon..

Cheers

Comment by Sed4tives 17th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 17th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 17th september 2023

For the Som sign, you could use the lowercase c and add a line underneath it, making sure to move it up so the underline is at baseline so it works as a currency symbol

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 17th september 2023

(The Som Sign is at U+20C0, right next to the Bitcoin sign)

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 17th september 2023

@BWM: Included.


Another major change was that I bulked up many of the dotted elements in the font, so making them slight Thicker. I felt like many didn't remain strong enough in smaller point sizes. At first I was only making changes to the ‘One Dot’ and ‘Umlaut’ diacritical accents. This would put them in better tune with the weight of the other accents.
But I noticed that throughout the font this sort of was problematic. So also all symbols and punctuation marks that use a dot in some way got a revisit. Everything from the full stop, comma, colon, (semi-) colon, all the way to the exclamation & question marks, dot leaders and horizontal ellipsis and so forth.

Now they look much better.

Comment by Sed4tives 17th september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 17th september 2023

Great font. But I see one thing that needs to be corrected in the Cyrillic alphabet. Д make the same as Л. They shouldn't be so different in the same font.

Comment by Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff) 21st september 2023

@Dimintry: Thanks, I will correct it as soon as I get back at PC. 😎

Comment by Sed4tives 21st september 2023
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “STF_VOLLE BUISJES” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 22nd september 2023

@Rob Meek: Thank you so much for the appreciation boss

Comment by Sed4tives 22nd september 2023

Congrats on the well deserved TP, compa!

Comment by elmoyenique 22nd september 2023

I wanna ask a small but maybe stupid question: How can a font in Fontstruct become a staff/top pick?

Comment by Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên) 23rd september 2023
Comment by Sed4tives 23rd september 2023

@Kiên Trung (trungdangTrung Kiên): A staff/top pick gets chosen by FontStructs big boss a.k.a. Rob Meek when he thinks a font is worthy of a special mention.

Comment by Sed4tives 23rd september 2023

Lots of beautiful touches, love the pilcrow.

Comment by four 24th september 2023

@four: Thanks for those kind words. About the Pilcrow, one of my favo characters to play around with. Its one of those characters that allow for a more loosely interpretation, adding a little extra calligraphic freedom.

Comment by Sed4tives 24th september 2023
Comment by marcot_0425 29th november 2023

   

Comment by NayefAljahdalitheawsomefontmaker 9th december 2023

How many gylphs are they

Comment by نايف 10th december 2023

1335

Comment by Sed4tives 11th december 2023

Congrats on the TP :[

Comment by Nayef Aljahdali (cybersean4u@gmail.com) 26th december 2023

Congrats on the TP :]

Comment by Nayef Aljahdali (cybersean4u@gmail.com) 26th december 2023

Russian letters? Nice 👍 

Comment by AcidTheRainwing Thu, 18th january

Excellent work and very good character set

Comment by Noah F. Ross (winty5) Thu, 18th january

@AcidTheRainwing, @Noah F: Thanks a lot both!

Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 18th january

Tricked ya! There's no color!

Comment by Miteto2013 Sun, 25th february

Number "0" looks too fat. The dioganal line is nice but it eats up the negative space inside and that makes the number feel darker and havier

Comment by EliSan92 Mon, 8th april
Comment by EliSan92 Mon, 8th april

@EliSan92: I think you are right to be honest, and maybe I will change it, thanks for your expertise! Cheers

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 8th april

what da hell

Comment by digitalio Mon, 8th april

@Lucaprii: Having anything to say? No? GTFO....!

Trying to be in the picture all the time... friggin kids!

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 8th april

whats wrong

i was super surprised

Comment by digitalio Tue, 9th april

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