Vertical Velocity

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A figurative font based on vertical lines.
Info Created on 8th March 2010 . Last edited on 4th May 2011.
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I'm impressed by extremely difficult challenge here. I wonder what C-Munk, our specialist of impossible tasks would think of it. Sure with no horizontals at all, many ambiguities resist and some glyphs need a hard brain effort for read but i think it would be really difficult to go closer than you did with such a minimalistic concept.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 28th April 2011
though there's only one glyph i really don't get : it's the "s" made like the "c" but functionning much less
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 28th April 2011
Neurone error, you have no idea how much it means to me to be referred to as a "specialist of impossible tasks".

In the capitals I see that the M, O and W are excactly the same. You could make a "hole" in the O and take a little off the bottom of the middle line of the W. That should solve it.

The lower case has a few of the same as well. You could let the s decend a bit - like a greek final sigma - to differentiate it from the c.

The o, v and u are also the same. Maybe you could do like the n, but upside down and mirrored for v and u.

Maybe make the z a backwards c so it doesn't look like an x.

Oh, and I just realise now that the g, q and y are copies as well. I can't find an easy solution to that right away, but it should be doable.

But there are a lot of good solutions as well. I particularly like the Q, R, S, X, Y, Z, a, e, x.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 29th April 2011
Hi there, thanks a lot for your comments. I really appreciate it.

I think Vertical Velocity was one of the first fonts I made (or actually was trying to make) on Fontstruct. Although I was trying to be as minimalist as possible, my starting point wasn't really original. The famous French typographer Pierre di Sciullo already did a bitmap font (Minimum) in 80's with the similar concept. His font family was more professional and bigger but I was inspired with his ideas when I was trying to design this font.

Some of the glyphs definitely need the improvement as you both mentioned. I made this font but put aside and didn't touch it further. I guess it's time to deal with it and work bit more :). Thanks for your guidelines, I'll keep those in mind and try to develop this font. Cheers
Comment by sonicminds 29th April 2011

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