Djangogh 2x

by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ)
Cloned from djangogh by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ). See also AAAA by Jayden23.

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Wauw! The use of composites here... Amazing! And I think you just 'structed the most perfect cedilla ever made in FontStruct. 10/10 + fave
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 23rd june 2011
@CMunk: Thanks!

2x is so much closer to my original vision of Djangogh. Of course, I played up the insane use of fs 1.0 bricks on that one for crazy style. Composites allow for a much slicker, smoother, and ultimately more dynamic and pleasing result.

That cedilla took more than a few cycles to wrap my brain around – glad you dig it! @:^)

Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 23rd june 2011
Incredible. Well-designed and contemporary. It's even better than the original! Yes, the cedillia is excellent.

I was waiting for this... must have been months. Absolutely wonderful. I love the little... what can they be, ink traps? At the corner of every interior curve, you know. Anyway, brilliant work. 10/10 and fave.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 24th june 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Djangogh 2x” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 24th june 2011
...As well it should be.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 24th june 2011
O.o My eyes are falling out of my head! There is no possible way to describe this!
Comment by Ken Bruce (crispycraker) 24th june 2011
I dont know what to say... Incredible! I love the amount of detail that went into this.
Comment by laynecom 24th june 2011
Lovely stuff. Raising the bar once again. The 'T' disturbs me though. Not that it's much better but have you tried it like this:-
Comment by djnippa 24th june 2011
Two more, and a better screen capture.
Comment by djnippa 24th june 2011
Comment by djnippa 24th june 2011
Good points, Nippa, and some very clever alternates. Thanks!

I just got back to my internet connection, so let me peruse these and try out some variations. Honestly, I tried only one previous T before publishing. I did not address the issue of rhythm as cunningly as your first very calligraphic suggestion – which some how manages to look less like an M while actually looking more like the M (love the extended ink trap you added to your second take on that idea) – but I did notice the problem and lamely attempted to address the same using an inverted W motif. I quickly discarded it and settled for the more sturdy and legible design.

A secondary problem with shrinking the gigantic beaks on the three-stroke wide original, it unbalances the massive color of this very fat face. It is an extreme solution, yes, but I find myself attracted to the distinctiveness of that feature, even if it is a wee bit dorky. Words containing multiple, and especially consecutive, Ts only increase the issue. I will investigate a compromise between the two that keeps the sideways flourish; for that I will need to tinker with the outlines. :)

The horizontally compact forms are delightful and are making me salivate to think about adding Greek and Cyrillics, as in the source material 2x was cloned from. I figured a two-stroke wide construction might help with all caps setting, and you ably demonstrated this.

Thank you, my friend, for the inspiration and the laser-focused critique! Your expertise and high standards of quality in typographic creation raise the bar for all of us.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 24th june 2011
@xenophilius: Thanks for waiting patiently for this fs 2.0 version. It did take me months to hone in on my approach, especially all the ink traps you mention. :)

@meek: Thanks for the top pick recognition! :)

@crispycracker: LOL :)

@laynecom: Thank you, I think it is the details that glue it all together.

@djnippa: Thank you again, friend, as I continue to investigate possibilities for the T and refine a few niggling details. In the days to come, I will get around to adding all the alternates you suggested, because they are just so cool and creative! :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 24th june 2011
I stand by what I said earlier--this is excellent. But I like Mr. Downey's suggestion better--the second suggestion. Without it, this is still brilliant, but it's the details that count. I commend you, good sir, and hope you will keep up the good fonts! I hope you don't get into another debilitating car crash (remember the original Djangoh? The concussion?)

Keep FontStructing, maestro! (Yeah, I stole that from elmoyenique)
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 25th june 2011
That is singularly the most beautiful "&" I have ever seen on FontStruct.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 26th june 2011
These three Ts are my top contenders for alternates, currently. @djnippa’s input remains invaluable in refining these selections. A variation of his second suggestion occupies the main T unicode slot, the † (option+t) holds my modified original, and the ¬ (option+l) holds a unicase two-stroker. What do you think, FSers? :)

P.S. Oh, and the alt &. Thank you, @xenophilius, for the deep appreciation. :D
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 27th june 2011
I just don't know ... I turn my back for a few moments (well, more like 6 months) and when I look again - genius has broken out!

djangogh was great ... Djangogh 2x is amazing. 11/10 :)
Comment by p2pnut 28th june 2011
I love ittt...
Comment by elmoyenique 28th june 2011
Excellent alternatives. I don't have a Mac, so I can't use those keyboard shortcuts you mentioned. :S

But I can use Windows Character Map, so I'm good. Wow, this is my fifth comment here. I'll be quiet now.

Wait. One more thing: I plan to hack into FontStruct and make it so I can vote this 100/10. More than that! This is the best font I have ever seen on FontStruct.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 28th june 2011
Wow, this is really good. I got lots of ideas just from seeing it, and can't wait to try it out.
Comment by optrirominiluikus 31st august 2011
Wow! Checked back after a couple of months and the site is looking great. However, your creation is what grabbed my attention while directing one of my designers to fonstruct. Truly awesome work! Right up there with House, Golden Black, etc. Would love to cut some of these out on my CNC Router using some heavy 2'' thick foam!! Thomas - Owner of Evolution Graphics, Inc. - Austin, TX
Comment by evolutionaustin 9th november 2011
Congratulations for the "real world" proposal above Williaum, this masterpiece, even if my favorite of yours remains Archly Gothic (btw, have you noticed there is some problem with the preview widget of Archly Gothic, the zoom slider and view choices doesn't display anymore), really deserves it!
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 9th november 2011
@evolutionaustin: Thanks for the high praise, Thomas! You give my work a lot of cred by associating it with those widely regarded micro-foundries. Here’s some inspiration for me to get cracking on the non-latin character set. :)

I would love to see the results if you build any physical signage or art pieces with this here fontstruction!

So, I hereby give you limited permission to use Djangogh 2x in a commercial setting for Evolution Graphics (the only limit is the signage, art piece, or web use would need to be exclusively for your business). If a client of yours wants the font for their own commissioned signage, I would then be happy to work our a very reasonable licensing agreement. Thanks for respecting the CC non-commercial license.

P.S. Please be aware of the tiny notches that – due to the innovative, but imperfect, technique used here – are above and below most counter spaces. They are only noticeable at large scale, but could cause some hiccups when cutting out letters with your CNC Router. Easy enough to clean up in any vector editing software, sure – I would also happily prepare polished outlines for you in advance of a physical project. Cheers!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 10th november 2011
@ne: Thanks, my friend. Archly Gothic is one of my personal favorites amongst my stable of ’structions. I created it for the handmade comp, and felt deeply that it was a true dark-horse success. Very classic – trained true to the roots of the app – but totally innovative.

My point was to illuminate and highlight the handmade natures of the bricks themselves by working at such a tiny scale and including such a wide survey of calligraphic styles in the caps. And still birth a viable typography.

Yet the association was apparently too cerebral for it to even be included in the official judging results! Oh, well – I guess I am notorious for a reason. ;)

I did notice a problem with the preview widget loading a couple of my works in gallery view, but now it seems to have worked itself out. Thanks for your concern.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 10th november 2011

Comment by DooferAndDora 11th november 2011
Hmm, someone switched their vote from a 10 to a 4. Interesting...
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 15th november 2011
Obviously a troll without the courage of their own convictions.

Used to be, back in the days, when a troll gave you a good ol' fashioned 1 and that was that.

Dammit, now even the trolls are trying to act smart!
Comment by p2pnut 16th november 2011
@p2pnut: Thanks for the commentary. You are a good friend. (Looking forward to sharing privately the suggestions I offered to give on one of your masterworks – when I can finish them up...)

I suspect it is not likely a Snap Judy troll. So, I will have to coin a new term. This one is a Snapping Turtle. ;)

The total number of votes hasn’t changed in a couple weeks. Could it be a UWE student who voted twice to reorder the rankings, could it be a “regular” who did the same, or could it be someone who fits neither description?

One thing is clear: the vote vacillation was endeavored with eel- or turtle-like torpor, waiting languorously for the big fish’s underbelly to come into view. LOL, actually, that tickles!

You see, I find this an interesting psychology: Voting full marks, returning to the decision with the sentiment that a FontStruction or FontStructor is overrated, and then revoting to distance oneself from the general consensus while making an entirely passive semi-statement.

I do not feel opposed to the action of it, actually. I have revoted myself, feeling like “I like all these ones, and yet this one is better than this one. So let’s shake things up with a new order. Keep things fresh!”

Eventually, 10s start to lose their meaning because there is no absolute scale of excellence. Many exquisite fontstructions get buried in the pack: one waste of a tasting bunch.

In times long past, I elected myself judge of the reordering for a day and found a disloyal but compelling art like the sequencing of a mix tape made entirely of pirated music.

This happened to my work previously, and yet it took me this time to meditate and muse on the other side of snap turtlism. I had to unwind any emotional trigger to the experience. What remains is laughter!

I can laugh about this and turn it – instead of a war wound or scar or badge of dishonor – into a humorous characterization. I laugh also at myself! :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 16th november 2011
I know I'm arriving late to this party, but… this is just CRAZY good. I am a bit confounded by the breaks in the descenders on g and y… but, when someone hands you the keys to a souped-up hot rod like this, it's stupid to complain about the color. Masterful work.
Comment by fugitiveglue 29th november 2012
Like, like, like
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