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Simple overlapping shapes, making letters.
Info: Created on 19th May 2011 . Last edited on 25th May 2011.
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Comment by Adien Gunarta (Adien Gunarta) 20th May 2011
Thank you, Adien! Now I've added upper case, and some of them I can't explain myself, but they seem to work. I also changed the i and j. And I think the j might look a bit too much like a g. What do you guys think?
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
I wondered how you would manage to expand this one. Amazing untill this point! There are many confusing points, but i don't think the style leaves so much space for improvement. For example, since the beginning, i can't help reading your "a" as "c", but it's obvious it's the best possible "a" in such a reduced context. Personally i really like the new "j". I think you approach the limits of the best compromise here. I can't imagine how hellish it would be to make distinctive coherent numbers with all the shapes you already used !

This makes think some Nazlfrag experiments with cirles and squares, some even more impossible styles and therefore less legible. I indicate you them right now by a comment on them on the Live Page.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 22nd May 2011
@Neurone: Yes, I also had trouble with the a vs. c thing, and I share your opinion on it. I'm glad you like the j.

"I can't imagine how hellish it would be to make distinctive coherent numbers..." That sounds like a challenge to me ;)
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
And now I've seen the Nazlfrag fonts you point to. I remember them and I can really see the parallel between them and my font.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
And I just realise this is incidentally my 100th shared fontstruction!
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
...and i just can't imagine the hallucinating number of glyphs you've shared with your demental ability to expand so much your sets !
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 22nd May 2011
i think you need a dot above the "j". maybe
Comment by Adien Gunarta (Adien Gunarta) 22nd May 2011
An intersting experiment reminiscent to Lovestruc by afrojet. Legibility could be improved.
Comment by Frodo7 22nd May 2011
@Adien: Well, the little circle at the top of the j is supposed to be that dot.

@Frodo7: I know it isn't very legible, especially the upper case. But I find myself in need of some special currently impossible bricks. I'll post a picture in my next post to demonstrate.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
See, it's like brick stacking, only the overlapping parts are subtracted.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
@CMunk I've often wished for that feature myself.
Comment by aphoria 22nd May 2011
@CMunk: Ah yes, Boolean XOR (‘one or the other but not both’). This is the exclude function in Adobe pathfinder parlance.

As you say, it shares some of the same output as Boolean OR (brickstacking, Adobe unite – ‘one or the other and both’ – which I have incorrectly identified here as Boolean AND in the past – which means ‘true if and only if both are true’, Adobe intersect).

Since we can now stack (OR) stacks and composites, I would much prefer Rob adds a subtract function (material nonimplication or abjunction, ‘one but not the other’).

Either half of your hourglass shape could be made in one pass via subtraction/abjunction; then, stacking the two distinct results would combine the ‘fins’ to form your XOR hourglass. This is possible in every case. Exclude, however, equals subtract if and only if one brick completely contains the other.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 22nd May 2011
@will.i.ૐ: Yes, I can see how that would work. And exclusion would be one feature that could make a lot of new bricks. And it would even be possible to do Boolean AND since most bricks have a negative version that you could exclude from a full square brick.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 22nd May 2011
I'm with Frodo7, readability is improved. I've been trying something similar (you will see the sample), but I do not like my results ... although the idea is interesting. Your glyphs are much better than mine.
Comment by elmoyenique 22nd May 2011
Comment by elmoyenique 22nd May 2011
I've also wished for an exclude- type option, as well as one that only shows overlapping areas, and a way to make individual bricks bigger or smaller
Comment by ishallcallhimsquishy 23rd May 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “50/fifty” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 24th May 2011
Incredible and so evident numbers ! Munkiminalistic genius!
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 24th May 2011
@Elmoyenique : i like very much this begining shown in your sample, especially A,B,E,F,G,K,L,S which are perfect as they are in my opinion, other obviously need more work. It's good to see you're also interested in more adventurous and experimental works which escape from your usual classic Top Pickable modular games. As you often ask to others, i'd ask you to continue whith this one, definitely ! I think you have enough maturity now to explore something different, Maestro !
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 24th May 2011
@Elmoyenique : I forgot the Q and the R in my list of good letters.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 24th May 2011
This is so great; my 100th public FontStruction is now also my 40th TopPick! Thank you, Meek.
Comment by Christian Munk (CMunk) 24th May 2011
Congratulations! Don't worry about the numbers. Your fonts are usualy better than the punctuation that they can appears from the sharing procedure! You can be sure about that! Still over.
Comment by elmoyenique 24th May 2011
@ne: You know I bet for you from the beginning: I am impressed by your work, I think there's anyone in FS can do what you do with bricks. And what you build that really transcends the normal use of an alphabet and carries it to the category of Art object. I am not able to venture through your typing paths, but I will never stop defending them. Don't call me TP's collector if I try to walk mine own. This is not the time for the "desesperanza".
Comment by elmoyenique 24th May 2011
@CMunk: Sorry a lot, I repeat the last entry (the same text, but aranged, I beg your pardon for my bad english and my strange use of the G translator):
@ne: You know I bet for you from the beginning: I am impressed by your work, I think there's no one in FS can do what you do with bricks. And what you build that really transcends the normal use of an alphabet and carries it to the category of Art object. I am not able to venture through your typing paths, but I will never stop defending them. Don't call me TP's collector, please, if I try to walk the own path. This is not the time for the "desesperanza".
@ne: You know I bet for you from the beginning: I am impressed by your work, I think there's no one in FS can do what you do with bricks. And what you build that really transcends the normal use of an alphabet and carries it to the category of Art object. I am not able to venture through your typing paths, but I will never stop defending them. Don't call me TP's collector if I try to walk mine own. This is not the time for the "desesperanza".
Comment by elmoyenique 24th May 2011
@ CMunk: Sorry. The comment to "ne" appears duplicated. Thanks for being so generous with my mistakes. It's time to go to bed.
Comment by elmoyenique 24th May 2011
@Elmyenique : Sorry if i hurt you in anyway maybe my words overpassed a little. But i persist saying i see a great potential in the debut you showed which is much more different from CMunk's than you think and has its own strong personality. But it seems to be also very difficult, considering the limited options each time. But yours has a more open structure than the quasi scientific CMunk's one and i think you could derivate to a somehow more irregular feel without loosing it IMHO. Courage !
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 25th May 2011
@CMunk : i thought you'd be interested in the font "HAPPYLOVERSTOWN.EU - squarez" with a similar approach. I made a sample with letters and numbers.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 16th August 2011
Happy Lovers Town is cool!
Comment by Bismuth 10th November 2011

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