Andromeda Strain

by Frodo7

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This is an exercise to explore potential combinations of bricks to get the most pleasing curves close to Bezier-based fonts. The result, well, not tremendously original in shape, but demonstrates the power of FS. Long live the Brick!
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    Created on 25th December 2009. Last edited on 19th May 2011.
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This fontstruction is named after the science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Strain (1969).
Comment by Frodo7 26th december 2009
You have certainly achieved your aim in creating a set of the most convincing curves. I guess you have mastered the 2:2 filter. 10/10
Comment by p2pnut 26th december 2009
Comment by riccard0 26th december 2009
I just had to login to say: Will you look at that 8. Wow!
Comment by thalamic 26th december 2009
Thank you for your nice comments. This font came somewhat unexpected.

I was experimenting with filter settings and brick combinations to get better curves for a Cyrillic set. The whole project went astray, as I discovered (or maybe rediscovered) a combination, what became the backbone of O,E,S,C,3,8 etc.. Yes, the filters are 2:2. I set the contrast ratio between the horizontal and vertical strokes to 1:2, and made the glyphs a bit wider to get the most out of the luscious curves. The letters with diagonal strokes were a real challenge. I'm still not happy with the V,W,Z, but at least I've managed to conceal the limitations of bricks.

As I refered to in the Description, I am fully aware of the clone-like nature of this design. It combines the most overused elements from half a dozen fonts, and as such it may not be the most valuable piece in my fontfolio. However, I always strived to make fonts you could not distinguish from the ones made by Bezier-tools. Andromeda Strain is a big step toward that direction, and it could show the "can-do" attitude to prospective fontstructors.
Comment by Frodo7 27th december 2009
Long live the Brick!
Comment by cayo 27th december 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Andromeda Strain” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 28th december 2009
@gferreira: Thank you very much for the special mention.
Comment by Frodo7 28th december 2009
very cool and effective. my only comment, in general, is that i want you to display your work that you have recently made private. perhaps a future enhancement by the fs staff will allow us to share our work, but also allow us to choose whether to allow voting or not :) great job.
Comment by funk_king 31st december 2009
Something looks beautiful!
10 stars! Period. Granted a good comment, and a download. You are so good. :)
Comment by Captian Olimar (CaptianOlimar) 11th february 2010
Comment by Captian Olimar (CaptianOlimar) 11th february 2010
@CaptianOlimar: Thank you for your praising words, and the nice demo pic. Yes, it looks good, but it's not very original. You can read my self-deprecating comment above.
Comment by Frodo7 11th february 2010
Comment by Captian Olimar (CaptianOlimar) 15th february 2010
This looks a lot like the font used in KnightRider. Love that color example above. gorgeous.
Comment by markonat 24th october 2010
@thalamic: Many people like number 8 for its beautiful shape. I found a joke on the web: What did the 0 say to the 8?
- Nice belt!
Comment by Frodo7 16th july 2011

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