by SymbioticDesign

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Info: Created on 22nd July 2013 . Last edited on 16th January 2019.
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Looks better in larger sizes because of the almost stencil-like quality of letters due to the openess produced by the thin curves that give it it's style.
Comment by SymbioticDesign 27th July 2013
I changed the spacing of the space and addressed the spacing of a few other letters, including the lower case f, t, v and such. I also redesigned the 5 and the and-sign (&) to more reflect the style and threw-in or corrected a few of the serifs. I included a new graphic with the updated font at the 380px width resolution this time (especially since the last image I uploaded went fuzzy in image reduction).
Comment by SymbioticDesign 27th July 2013
Example text...
Comment by SymbioticDesign 27th July 2013
Very coherent styling. I love those serifs and appreciate the European accents. 10/10.
You have got better at using the bricks and filters really fast. It looks like are enjoying FS
Comment by Aeolien 27th July 2013
I agree with Aeolien! Great work. I think some letters like
y, v, w,s, x, and r could be improved, but other than that, nice job!
Comment by Noah (winty5) 27th July 2013
Thanks, Aeolien & winty5!

@Aeolien: I understand about making composites by stacking bricks at least somewhat, now. But I have no idea about filters. The image is missing from the get started guide and so I think that it is just for zooming, but when I try using it strange things happen and I wind-up with a mess. So I am puzzled about filters.

My wife is from Poland so I wanted to add her "S with Cedilla" and I saw a lot of other useful stuff as I was looking for it, so I just started adding them. There's seemingly no end to them, though. LOL

@winty5: I agree with you as well, I don't really know how to address the letters that I can't easily add serifs to. But if I can figure that part of it out I will want to do more serifs.

Thanks, guys!
Comment by SymbioticDesign 27th July 2013
This is an example of what 2x2 filters do (exact same effect but fake):
Left (black) is 1x1, right (blue) is 2x2.
Comment by j4s13 27th July 2013
@SD: ^ is in Latin Extended-A.
Comment by minidonut 28th July 2013
Wrong html this, I means S with cedilla. (Trying to make S-cedilla: &Scedilla; &Scommaaceent; &Scomma;)
Comment by minidonut 28th July 2013
Okay, why didn't that work?
Comment by minidonut 28th July 2013
Comment by j4s13 28th July 2013
Ş ş? Does that work?
Comment by j4s13 28th July 2013
See image below for reference
Comment by j4s13 28th July 2013
@SD Ş is in Latin Extended-A.
Comment by j4s13 28th July 2013
@j4s13: I will have to try and spend some time with playing with resizing blocks in the filters. It sounds like a great tool, but I couldn't see the image in Chrome (broken image source reference). Now that I see your image it makes more sense. I had set the thing and then played with the blocks, and I wound-up not being able to tell what I was doing. It looked more like ink spots. I probably had it turned up all the way, or something, but it makes sense now.

The part I didn't understand is that it would make ALL your Blocks bigger. So I thought when you used it, you made every single block on the canvas bigger. Like a zoom. Only when I used it it zoomed each block.

Now it makes more sense.

The Latin Accent Characters? They are there...

Yeah guys, I made the S with Cedilla. You can see it in the font. Maybe check it out in full screen and increase the font size? It's there. Been there, done that. ;) It was one of the first extra Latin accent characters I started making once I did the ones the the characers were copied to in Fontstruct.

Sorry about the misunderstanding. I plan on adding all of the Latin accent characters in one font (maybe not this one, but eventually to one of them).

Thanks, guys! Sorry about the mix-up and my confusion.
Comment by SymbioticDesign 29th July 2013
The updated preview:
Comment by SymbioticDesign 11th August 2013
Updated sample:
Comment by SymbioticDesign 11th August 2013
Character Set (Aug 11th, 2013):
Comment by SymbioticDesign 11th August 2013
@SymbioticDesign Composite it with the brick you want empty, the shift click on the composite. Erase the unwanted brick. Tada!
Comment by j4s13 5th October 2013

Thanks, @j4s13.  Boy, I sure wish I saw that post in 2013.  LOL.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 9th June 2018

Spacing had previously been an issue, this was one of my earliest fonts.  And I need a couple of style touches to attend to.  Always something.

I changed the C, c & e. Now I have to attend to all the accented versions of these characters.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 9th June 2018

To do list:

Y diagonal frame should be as thick as the Z. The y diagonal should be that thick, too.  Take a look at k (looks funny to me).  Reverse the X horizontally?  Try super skinny arms for E & F.  Fix the 1, 4 & 7. Fix $. Come up with a better & than that one.  Make a better tilde and then apply it to all the characters that use it.  Get all accented characters looking like their non-accented counterparts.  Check the accents, make sure they are looking right.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 11th June 2018

Btw, I have recently updated this character set with overshoot caps so that the top and bottom of letters with holes in them (like O, o, Q, q, P, p, etc..) doesn't disappear.  This needs to be carried out throughout the accented characters, too ( a part of my to-do list).

Then, I can make another official distribution copy.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 18th June 2018

(RESOLVED:) Did I break the Fontstruct preview function?  I have reloaded the page several times. took a shower during one page reload, but nothing shows. I just get the busy bar.  FIXED

Comment by SymbioticDesign 2nd July 2018

You know, I think I may be going crazy with this one.  I just redid a ton of crap that I just redid.  And I am so anxious to make a sample preview graphic image, and I can't, because there is always something...

Comment by SymbioticDesign 4th July 2018

Kerning for the Basic Latin letterset is done.  I still have to fix that ugly Y/y pair (and all the accented versions).

Comment by SymbioticDesign 4th July 2018

Made a few kerning adjustments.  The Y (and to a lesser extent, the y) is begining to grow on me and I am not sure I want to change it, now.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 16th January 2019

Good Bye (@ecluniverso)...

What is "Hanover Medium Font", gb?  It's Broadbill.  Designed as a playful Broadway Playbill font, and all my own work, not derived from some other masterpeice by one of the Fontstruct geniuses.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 16th January 2019

Ah, I see.  You forgot to change the font name.  Shame.  LOL

Comment by SymbioticDesign 18th January 2019
Comment by SymbioticDesign 23rd January 2019

IGNORE THIS IMAGE (See the next one).


I am so used to making OFL fonts now I forget I made stuff as CC and no online use.  This is NOT a web font.  Dumb Me.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 23rd January 2019

Crap... wrong image.  It isn't a web font.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 23rd January 2019
Comment by SymbioticDesign 23rd January 2019

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