Ruth's Typewriter

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by Aeolien

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When my mother was young (and specially after my birth) she supplemented the family's income from home by typing for students and businesses. When I was a student I used the same machine for my assignments, lesson plans and thesis. The years were not kind to the machine, the mechanics rusted or broke, the letters worn with frayed edges or disintegrating serifs and fine lines. Ruth's typewriter is a declaration of my appreciation of many years of service the brave little machine gave... As you can see I clearly didn't get the letters repaired ;) The font looks like I rearranged and glued down what was left of the raised surfaces, to continue using the typewriter and give my words a very modern look ;)) A "grunge-writer" ?? Did you notice that no typewriters were ever sold with this kind of modern destructured typefaces?! ;)

Since I started this font many years ago (Ruth was very amused and appreciated this hommage) this work has now become a memorial to her

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A unique font with a beautiful story

Comment by tortoiseshell 7th september 2021

Thank you, time-peace. And: it was a beautiful little machine, not chunky, very feminin - but maybe I thought that because the make was "Erika"

Comment by nightpegasus 7th september 2021

nice!

Comment by jirinvk 7th september 2021

Uppercase I looks broken to me

Comment by mgUdit 11th september 2021

@mgUdit yes that's the point. it's supposed to be broken

Comment by merrybot_v2 11th september 2021

@mgUdit: you're almost right. May I test a selection of your UC "i" suggestions that match better the feeling of the rest of my font?  My UC "i" is not just broken but positively disintegrating :´(

Comment by Aeolien 12th september 2021

I think something like this might work well (it's just parts of J).

Comment by mgUdit 22nd september 2021

@mgUdit : thank you for the suggestion. I've followed it -- but I split the glyph to follow the idea of distortion-breaks.

Comment by Aeolien 23rd september 2021

Congratulations Aeo, the new I looks much better to me (the first one was too fragmented and interrupted the flow of the rest of the font, IMHO).

Comment by elmoyenique 23rd september 2021

Thank you elmo, mgUdit was right. I was too destructive on the "i"

Comment by Aeolien 25th september 2021

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