Midori Dot

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Nearly complete Katakana character set. Midori means green in Japanese.
Info: Created on 28th March 2011 . Last edited on 29th March 2011.
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17 Comments

すばらしですね。 ワンダフル。^_^
Comment by minimum 29th March 2011
すごい!十ポイント。ひらがなはどうですか。
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 29th March 2011
Thank you for your comments and ratings. Unfortunately, I don't speak Japanese, but I could decipher your comments with the help of Google Translate. This fontstruction is a new adventure to unknown territory. I would really appreciate any critique regarding the proportions, vertical alignment and legibility of the glyphs.

@CMunk: I've made some tests with Hiragana using the same dot size vs. glyph proportion. I should probably reduce the relative size of the dots to build the more tortuous letters.
Comment by Frodo7 29th March 2011
Comment by Frodo7 29th March 2011
Yeah, the hiragana will probably be a bit of a challenge at the current proportions.

I find it very legible. Though, Japanese is not my native language. I have tried some japanese fontstructing, and I am also a bit in doubt about the proportions and alignments. What you have done looks stylish and natural to me.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 29th March 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Midori Dot” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 31st March 2011
Minimum said "It is wonderful. Wonderful. ^_^" and CMunk said "Amazing! Ten points! How is hiranga." (not sure what that last part means)

I give it ten points as well, and I wonder how is hiranga as well... (that's my way of saying I have no idea what "how is hiranga" means)
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 31st March 2011
私はそれがどのように自然で滑らかな大好きです。フィルタの設定は何でしたか?
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 31st March 2011
No, I don't speak Japanese either. I only speak English.
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 1st April 2011
Congrats. Lovely font, beautiful curves impeccably solved, a whole piece of art that causes me envy. This pushes me to study Japanese.
おめでとう。素敵なフォント、美しい曲線が完璧に、私がうらやましい原因芸術の全体部分を解決しました。これは私が日本語を勉強してプッシュします。
Comment by elmoyenique 1st April 2011
@Xenophilius: Hiragana is one of the three writing systems the Japanese use. Frodo7's font uses Katakana, a system the japanese use mainly for foreign words and emphasis. The third writing system is the Kanji (or Chinese characters).

A better translation would be "How about hiragana?".
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 1st April 2011
Oops! So many comments. A few of them in Japanese. It is hard not to think of Japan these days, as the news keep coming about Fukushima.

@meek: Thank you for the special mention. It was easy to use Fontstructor's Katakana support.

@xenophilius: the filters are set to 2:2. That gives more freedom to position the dots on the grid.

@elmoyenique: Thank you for your comment. Part of the challenge was to follow the subtle curves and angles not found in regular Latin characters. Good luck to your Japanese studies.

@CMunk: I might add one important use of Katakana: the brand names and corporations (Toyota トヨタ, Kawasaki カワサキ).
Comment by Frodo7 1st April 2011
@CMunk: Yeah, I know, it just didn't make a lot of sense gramatically. Those translators, man...
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 14th May 2011

ひらがなは作らないんですか?

hiragana No Createing?

Comment by Mitumitu2017 Mon, 12th June

minimum : Great! Wonderful ^_^

Christian Munk :Amazing 10point Hiragana is?

Comment by Mitumitu2017 Mon, 12th June

@Mitu Try cloning it and making them yourself...

Comment by Brynda Mon, 12th June

@Mitumitu2017: Thank you for your comments. Midori Dot was created in  March 2011 shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. At that time the tools of Fontstruct were much more limited for precisely positioning the dots. Naturally, I've done some tests for a possible Hiragana set, only to conclude it was not feasible at that time. The advent of the Nudge function in May 2014 and its subsequent refinement in 2016 have changed the situation considerably. Today's Fontstruct is very friendly with dot fonts: you can adjust the position of dots in small increments.

Perhaps, it's time to make a new version with Hiragana added.

Comment by Frodo7 Tue, 13th June