STF_ORIENTFAHRTEN (Pro)

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ORIENTFAHRTEN (Pro) — Semi-connected script-style font design
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Losely based on the lettering that was seen on a 1929 poster design by German painter Ottomar Carl Joseph Anton (1895-1976) for the “Hamburg-Amerika Line”  * (click for image of the original poster)

Whereas the original (non-Pro)-version aimed at extracting that “stylistic essence” of the lettering, and made an attempt at extrapolating and restoring a full alphabet from the letters provided by the original poster.. And so, that basically became sort-of a font revival with a little extra's.

ORIENTFAHRTEN (Pro) than took this to a whole other level, This refor-mation wasn't guided by Ottomar's original poster-lettering, but rather a remodeling and amelioration of my initial work.
Many glyphs were fully re-invented, others only just partially improved.

In addition to this, many new things were introduced as well. For example, the font was further ornated with various typographic elements and bits, reminiscent of calligraphic hand lettering. Turning this into a much more attractive looking little novelty.

Also some “technical” restructuring of the Unicode character mapping, to creating more user-friendly text formatting properties.

Since it is a semi-connected script, certain characters were deliboratly disconnect and some weren't. For example, the uppercase letters almost all disconnect, whereas the majority of lowercase letters will connect by default. A set of glyphs alternate forms was included that allow to break the 'connected' flow of a text.

These also function sort-of as “Contextual Substitutions”,  but without OpenType's automated glyph-stream lookup classes. Yet these do allow the manual control over word-endings and word-space situations. So when a default-glyph is followed by a white-space, a glyph-alternate form could than be selected to replace the default-character encoding and improve overall aesthetics and natural flow of text. These substitutions are located in the “Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms” and “Private Use Area's” Unicode blocks. In addition to the default alphabet letters the font also includes numerous symbols and punctuation marks, as well as ligatures.

As for the “numberscomp” that is currently in progress:

This font was specially fitted with 5 different schemes for text figure arrangement.
 • Didot-(old style) non-lining (font default)
 • Traditional-(old style) non-lining
 • Clean-(modern) lining
 • Tradidotional-(old style) non-lining
 • Ornate-(modern) lining

— This does temporarily create a new problem for me though... As this would be my fourth submission to the competition, where a maximum of only three font submissions is allowed. Now, which of these previous entries am I going to eliminate?!

I hope you like it,

Cheers

24 Comments

Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 1st may

is there a recreation of the "HAPAG-" text?

Comment by SUMMER701 Wed, 1st may

@SUMMER: Not that I know of.. I know pretty similar fonts, but a dedicated recreation I really can't tell.

Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 1st may
Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 1st may

Any of you have suggestions on which numberscomp submission I should cancel? Thanks!

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 3rd may

I love this one the most, I love retro scripts, Cyrillic will look interesting in it. You've very cleverly added handwritten elements to the numbers.
I think it's worth removing the STF_PSYCHOPUNK ZYPE-FACE, because it's a copy of an existing font, although not against the rules, but not in priority.

Comment by Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff) Fri, 3rd may

Thanks Dmitriy, I kind of was thinking the same!

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 3rd may

What elegant numbers...

Comment by elmoyenique Sat, 4th may

Guess we both have the same idea on interpreting the numerals! Currently still working on my submissions, but I wish I could interpret more of the oldstyle figures that past typographers have done, specifically the ones where it occupies fully from the ascender to the descender barriers.

You did a great job in honoring the original lettering for your typeface. I'd reckon you can go further with the numerals by doing more alternate designs. Perhaps more ball terminals for 2, 3 and 5? Nice work overall!

Comment by faux_icing Sat, 4th may

I love how you have included different numerals styles. This must be the first fontstruction with so many variations.

Comment by four Mon, 6th may

@four: Thanks for the appreciation. I did it to demonstrate that although very rare, the traditional non-lining (oldstyle) and lining (modern) text figures aren't just the only two forms. And that experimentation is allowed as long as proper rhythm of text flow is maintained. About this being the first fontstruction to have this many scheme variations I don't know, I did fonts with multiple text figure schemes before.

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may

@faux_icing: “You did a great job in honoring the original lettering for your typeface”
—Yes I believe so,
Although I didn't necessarily aimed this to be a convincing  or accurate revival, I tried to preserve a strong reference to the original form. I'm glad it is noticable. But the main objective was to dive a little deeper into the cursive handwriting style.

“Guess we both have the same idea on interpreting the numerals! ...but I wish I could interpret more of the oldstyle figures that past typographers have done, specifically the ones where it occupies fully from the ascender to the descender barriers”
—Yeah I like the various schemes, too bad that the fonts experimenting with this are rare. But like you encountered yourself, it doesn't seem to work well in every situation. I think its especially difficult to implement when vertical distribution of letter-parts is symmetrical. So with the mid-sections are more or less centered.

“I'd reckon you can go further with the numerals by doing more alternate designs. Perhaps more ball terminals for 2, 3 and 5”
—Normally that would've been the logical way to go indeed, I didn't because I was hoping I could cramp some more subtle variations into the numeral set. Now, your comment managed to get me curious, so I went on and to noodling around a bit and I came up with some idea's. But I guess that at this point its already too late to get them incorporated into the font before the contest ends.

“Nice work overall”
—Thanks pal :)

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may
Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may

Its a tough one.. Any of you think I should change them?

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may


You should keep those that aren't fully rounded at the corners. Both the ball terminals and ones without both works fine. It's such moments where it'd be nice to have OpenType alternate features included in Fontstruct, but that'd be asking for too much isn't it (⁠╥⁠﹏⁠╥⁠)

Comment by faux_icing Fri, 10th may

I like the default ones best, but also those last are very good, they match the semi-rounded "pattern".

Comment by Peter (Petruuccio) Fri, 10th may

Personaly I'm most confident about the default ones as well..

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may

The font still growing!

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 10th may

@elmoyenique: Included, as well as 2 more. Now the font has 8 different schemes for text figures in total..

Thanks for your opinions colleagues!

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 10th may

I know its not allowed to make physical changes to a contest font submission during jury trials (not that I was about to make any to begin with)

But I guess for a contest entry that was checking all the boxes required for it to participate within the guidelines of the contest, I guess that adding another additional sample image wouldn't be problematic, right?

Neither does the image include any of the Text figures from the font..

It solely involves the font's script functionality and use of several contextual substitutions in a small chunck of more advanced Body Copy.

Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 12th may
Comment by Sed4tives Sun, 12th may
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “STF_ORIENTFAHRTEN (Pro)” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Wed, 29th may

Congrats on the doubleTP, dear!

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 29th may

ORIENTFAHRTEN??? I don't speak German

Comment by Pszczół Mon, 8th july

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