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"Who needs macaroni (bricks) if you can have ziti*?"

*Long hollow pasta rods that you break in shorter pieces before cooking.
Info Created on 13th August 2010 . Last edited on 22nd February 2011.
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Hee hee hee, the sample for this one should be delicious!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 26th September 2010
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Comment by Em42 26th September 2010
Just lovely! Everybody, check Em’s blog (and Behance post) linked from the image above for even more yumminess.

So Em, did you cook the ziti first to get the graceful curves in the real deal?
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 26th September 2010
Larger pictures and other samples are on House42 blog and on the Behance Network.
Comment by Em42 26th September 2010
Thanks Will, I spent the whole Sunday morning with my friend Gi cooking pasta and cutting it into pieces for the sample images, and we had a lot of fun.

And I'm glad you like the curves: we struggled a lot (unsuccessfully) to keep the pasta as straight as possible to reproduce the FontStruction appearance.
Comment by Em42 26th September 2010
Mmm, yummy, tricky font, I bet it tastes even better with ketchup on! ;)

P.S. Great idea to mimic the shapes of cut spaghetti!
Comment by sahwar 27th September 2010
I'm not so sure about the kink in I,J,L,I,J,L,1 it looks like a print error. Have you tried them straight with slight gaps in between. Also have you tried narrowing the width of the lower case, to balance better with the upper? It seems a little wide at the moment. Here's an example of what I mean.
Comment by djnippa 27th September 2010
@Sahwar: Thanks for your comment! (FYI: Italians would never eat pasta with ketchup :)

@DJNippa: First thanks for the suggestions and for creating your version of Ziti, I'm flattered.

This fontstruction started as a faux lcd font: the lower case width is almost the same as the upper case width (just one brick narrower) to simulate the monospaced nature of LCD text, and some letters have kinks to simulate the quirkiness that characters based on LCD have.

As concerning the gap, it would have broken the design rule I set for designing this set (as I usually do :) that all the sections should have been connected at the corner.
Comment by Em42 27th September 2010
I only did my version to explain my concerns clearly.
So if it started out as an LED font, but now it's not, then it's already changed into something else. The lower case in my opinion is like an expanded version of the uppercase. To still keep your rule then what about maybe try this.
Comment by djnippa 27th September 2010
Delicious! A great entry for the homemade competition. You can really sense the fun that went into it.
Comment by afrojet 27th September 2010
Thanks John!
Comment by Em42 1st October 2010
yummy.
Comment by naveenchandru 4th October 2010
Felice di stare qui. Non abbiamo nulla da fare contro la squadra Azzurra. Bravo ancora un altra volta, FSmaster.
Happy to be here. We have nothing to do against the squadra Azzurra. Bravo yet another time, FSmaster.
Comment by elmoyenique 6th October 2010
@Elmoyenique: Ha ha, I think this is the first comment in Italian on FontStruct! Grazie!
Comment by Em42 7th October 2010
For me this is the strongest work for Hanmadecomp... the font is beautiful and the real world application is great. Bravo Em42 you have a sharp design eye.

MY FAVE HANDCOMP :)
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 9th October 2010
@Upixel: your words are too kind!

This font indeed was started before the handmade competition rolled out, but the name and the concept were already there.

The competition was just the occasion to finalize and release it, and of course to cook the sample!
Comment by Em42 10th October 2010
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Ziti” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 26th October 2010
what's next? fettucine?
Comment by balete 5th April 2011
Ziti, together with Riba, will be featured in Typodarium 2012.
Comment by Em42 28th April 2011
Congrats, maestro!
Comment by elmoyenique 2nd May 2011
@Elmo: Thanks a lot, but Maestro is too much! :)
Comment by Em42 16th May 2011
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