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Info: Created on 28th September 2009 . Last edited on 3rd October 2009.
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17 Comments

Comment by thalamic 3rd October 2009
I like. The lowercase especially appeals to me. And, the numerals are cool too.
Comment by aphoria 3rd October 2009
excellent
Comment by PhaistosDisk 3rd October 2009
thal, you're a wonder.
Comment by intaglio 3rd October 2009
A simple yet elegant concept. I like the I,N,S,T very much. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 4th October 2009
Some of the characters have a slightly art deco feel (which, of course, is no bad thing in my book) - yet the overall feel is so modern.

Gets one of my increasingly rare 10s
Comment by p2pnut 4th October 2009
exquisite. another wonderful example of a very simple design made spectacular by your consummate skills as a designer.
Comment by funk_king 4th October 2009
Nice! I especially like S&s....10/10.
Comment by Magic Sam 7th October 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Balance” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 7th October 2009
beautiful numerals, top stuff!
Comment by Dom Nokes (domald) 8th October 2009
Thanks, all. Your support is always a source of energy.

In other news,
Problem: I have 234 items in MyFontStruct. Finding the one I am looking for is always a task, the cumbersome nature of which makes me give up the search long before locating it.

Design: Go offline. If it were possible to get a list of the said items in Excel or Access, sorting and, thereby, locating would be much simpler. Two possible ways come to mind. 1.Use the Embed data to make a list for yourself. 2.ScreenCaps. In either way, once the fontstruction image is available in a cell, other relevant information (name, date created, date shared, completion status, etc) can be added to the record to complete the system.

Design generated problems: 1.Excel does not want to handle HTML documents in embedded form. 2.Getting screencaps of 234 items is a task on its own (although not without eventual rewards). Being the anal-retentive sort, I'd have to get all screencaps the same size which will require quite a bit of Photoshopping* creating another task (again, not without eventual reward).

Invitation: I'm sure I'm not alone in this. Can you think of a better way? It would be nice if we could get the data of our own fontstructions somehow.

* Forgive me, Adobe
Comment by thalamic 11th October 2009
I’ll start by further defining the problem.

Scenario A: You’re searching for a shared fontstruction.

Solution A: True, the search function doesn’t work within your private homepage (an unfortunate omission), but you can search in the gallery amongst all fontstructions.

Problem A: The search function is broken.

Unless your search string is truly unique (singularly obscure tags can help), get ready to manually dig through another potentially large and random list. For instance, searching for FS_Minimal thalamic gives the desired and precisely specified fontstruction on page 13. Narrowing the search to the “Display” category (note: not all fontstructions are categorized) slightly improves the correct result to page 4. Still unacceptable.

Solution A: Until an improved search function is implemented (OR Boolean searches) better off using a Google® Search Engine query to quickly locate your published fontstructions.

Scenario B: You’re searching for a private fontstruction.

Problem B: Ok, with your 16 pages of unpublished work plus about 8 more pages of shared fontstructions all mixed in...I can start to see the source of your fontstration.

No googling...err, Google® Search Engine queries can help here. No homepage searching within FontStruct, either! The sort order is based on “most recent edit” (voting and comments used to update this, too...not sure about those anymore) – so if you want to pull up something you haven't touched in a while...first dust off your fine tooth comb.

Workaround B: This trick should be old hat to you, friend ;) Keep only your shared work in thalamic’s homepage – easily searchable using Solution A. Just remember all the correct names (see Bonus Round, below)! Keep all works-in-progress in various other user accounts – as many as necessary to keep things orderly. Quickly clone all your WIPs into these user accounts and treat them like password protected folders (with voting privileges*). If you’re fast, it might not even register on the Live Feed! You can even call them by descriptive usernames like “hot ish”, “big boned”, or “pixel madness” – just watch out when leaving comments ^.^ you might give yourself away.

Just before sharing, clone back to thalamic, delete the private files and go!

Bonus Round: Download all your shared fontstructions, install and organize them using font sets in your free Font Management Application of choice. Presto! Searchable samples that show you just how much your fontstructions need proper metrics and kerning pairs! :-P

*Disclaimer: will.i.ૐ is not responsible for Joe Random’s trolling/stingy-voter battling habits. thalamic, your methodology listed above is systematic and sound if perhaps overly involved and platform-specific to gain momentum. Just remember to think like a brickstacker™ (˜oˆ)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 11th October 2009
I don't know how I could have missed this stylish and elegant font. 10!
Comment by fontcollector 11th October 2009
...and in all my semi-jokey yet serious verbosity above, I somehow failed to mention the spectacularity this fontstruction! Sweetest neo deco around. I wonder if a bad-ass bold version (still mono-line) would be possible, or if it might tip the balance? ;)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 11th October 2009
Thanks, fontcollector; thanks, will.i.ૐ.

Very nice solutions, Will. For the most part, I usually forget about the fontstructions once shared. It is (are?) the private ones that could benefit from a search function. Storing private fontstructions in different accounts is a worthy alternative. Although I am already trying to balance thalamic as well as minimum and it is a test of my observational and memory skills to remember which account to be logged-in as when posting a comment.

I tried the screencap method in Excel. Didn't work. Well, it looks like it would work but images in Excel float over cells and are not embedded in the cells themselves so one sort is all it takes to get the images and data all out of order. Will have to create a web-based, data-driven page to get the proper search functionality.

As for voting: I'm over obsessing over them.

Bold you say? Hmmm.... How about I enable share and you have a go at that?
Comment by thalamic 12th October 2009
I took up your challenge of Balance Bold.

Comment by aphoria 13th October 2009
...and This is all totally the reason to use Share-Alike license.

Quandary.

Great job, aph. Thanks.
Comment by thalamic 14th October 2009

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