Coldplay Small Caps

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Ligatures for enhanced spacing.
Info: Created on 18th August 2008 . Last edited on 2nd February 2011.
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Comment by guentersen 25th September 2008
Thanks for posting the sampler. I never noticed before the cool trick you used in lowercase f, l, i and t. There is no crossbar in any of the letters, but just the height and placement of each distinguish it from each other. I am sure I am missing other neat tricks you've used as well in other glyphs. Innovative and effective. Color me impressed. :)

I am drooling yet again. :)-
Comment by thalamic 25th September 2008
Hi Thalamic,

You couldn't have noticed, because I changed the font today ;)


My 7 Year old daughter ANNA had a very interesting task to do in school: she had to replace the letters of the words she just learned with only vertical lines of different length, to learn about the characteristics of the characters ...

... now, that's what I did :)

The coldplay-concept is to reduce the glyph-shapes to pure (disconnected) rectangles, but I couldn't cope with it, that's why f and t had a diagonal top, which were "nice" but weakend the concept

You can have a look at the orignal f,t,l and i containded in the COLDPLAY font.

But today, while composing the sampler I reminded what Anna did in school and decided to cut the diagonal tops of f and t and suddenly the combination (after month of tweaking) worked for the font.

Your NACHAHMUNG encouraged me to track my T back to the shape featured in your font, (you recognized the tribute?) ... and suddenly I had the ideas for ST and TT ligatures. (Stuttgart – is one of my fonstruct-font-proving words).

Thanks for your interest and your supporting comments!

ps: you may have a look at my STUTTGART font, which I made as a proof of concept. I'll switch it online for a couple of hours.

I'm looking foreward to what you've got in the pipeline ;)
Comment by guentersen 25th September 2008
Hello.

I just counted. I have 31 (yikes!) fonts in varying stages of completion still marked private. Some only a few characters done and some almost all done. I either lost interest in designing them or got stuck at some glyph. Most I haven't touched for weeks. But there are 4 or 5 different fonts I'm actively working on. New semester of university started a month ago so I don't get as much time to play with fontstruct as before.

Thank you for sharing the story of Anna and her interesting assignment. Inspiration comes from unexpected sources, doesn't it.

I noticed the new T and Wim Crouwel and hiroshima but didn't make the connection that it had anything to do with me. That's just too cool.

Oh I just noticed the Coldplay asterisk. It is just outright beautiful. Reminds me of the Japanese sakura hana. It deserves a poster of its own.

I cloned this font and was trying out different versions of TT and other characters. In trying to eliminate all extra blocks of negative space, I ended up with the following [see image below]. It solves the spacing problem cause by certain characters, but introduces a new problems in height, and by adding taller height glyphs it changes the nature of this font, so, in simple words, I couldn't come up with a valid reason for some characters to be taller than others. Even without proper justification, J L P and T all get their negative space eliminated--all except F. I couldn't find a way to get rid of the white space from it.

It doesn't help, but anyway, this is what I came up with:
Comment by thalamic 25th September 2008
More on the "solution that doesn't work" (but gets rid of the negative space from the F as well):
Comment by thalamic 26th September 2008
Cool samples!

Maybe your right with the E ... which is in this case a "diabolic" glyph ... I checked this version, too but came to the decision that the actual E works better for me – actually I don't know how. I think I'm going to change it.

By the way ... I don't want to get rid of white space ... I think the white space is important ... it makes the font readable. I think L, P, J, T (in this case) make the difference so one can indicate at a glance [or two ;)] what's written.

(maybe you went too far with that in your NACHAHMUNG II which is in my eyes a decline, sorry about that)

My problem is that some combinations of characters like LT, TT leave too much space and loose the balance(SIC!):
you'll read FAL TER instead of FALTER ...

Shape and Space have to be consistent. (it's not a must!)


Thanks for playing with COLDPLAY and sharing your ideas

I just added your F/f and J as alternates :)
Comment by guentersen 26th September 2008
I did Nachahmung Block for a specific reason. It is only the second of all my fonts that I've actually used in some design. There was a word, and I had to replace the 'i' in that word with two words, so I needed it to have no negative space in it for the 'i' to look reasonably solid. It was a necessity. But since I had already done it, I thought I might as well share it.

BTW, I like STUTTGART as well. No middle crossbar is a cool idea. 8)
Comment by thalamic 26th September 2008

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