LITERA FACILIOR GOTI ― A 'Blackletter' script style with a twist
Also known as Gothic script, Gothic Minuscule, or Textura, was a script used throughout Western Europe from approx. the 12th untill the 17th century.
This FontStruction was aimed at mimicing the aesthetic approach of a ― ‘Textura’ variant of the Gothic Minuscule script style, more accuratly refered to as ‘Littera Textualis’. This style is most characterized by its strong sturdy letterforms, with distinguishing sharp, straight and angular features as oposed to the other variations in this catagory.
In terms of authenticity to the original predecessing formal script family, my ‘Litera Facilior Goti’ didn't took a whole lot of care for authenticity. The idea was to take a more independent and experimental approach to shaping the letters and forms, so it wasn't necessarily inspired by any specific typeface in particular, it rather recycles certain characteristics of a ‘Textualis Quadrata’, but beyond those aspects of general guidelines it evolved on its own.
Some of the areas where the design tends to really stray away from the tradition is for example the serifs:
It's often that I have some trouble with the weight ratio distribution of serifs and such elements in simplified modular based geometric Blackletter fonts. In many of such designs they tend to have been left pretty static and equal in thickness throughout the full character set. Which I think is often either having some letters look clumsy or even weird, and generally speaking also often making them appear too thick.
So this was one of the things I had to try and adress, I experimented a little with the style and forms of the serifs. Eventually this resulted in multiple deviations in variety to mix and create a more dynamic distribution. similar to what was done in less formal scripts. Over time they became ever further simplified, letterforms that involved less reorientation of the pen, in pursuit of styles that were quicker to write.
But taken as a whole typeface I find that it is having this certain ‘random-ish’ characteristic that is simply working for the better of these particular style fonts.
I'm still working on improving its overall rhymes and reasons to a certain point that is acceptable, balanced and with enough consistency. But up to this stage I personally think that the concept worked out quite successfully so far. And that even despite the fact that its stripped down of most ornamental decorative calligraphic extravaganza, it still managed to capture a convincing portion of that ‘Medieval ’ looks and personal flavour.
But I think that in the end this became a pretty neat looking font and it would classify somewhere between a hybrid mix of simplified Blacklettering and a drunken man's ‘Textualis’.
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Cheers!This is a clone
Prajna is a Sanskrit word meaning wisdom, understanding, insight. Simple on the outside, with some depth on the inside. Looks like it could be 1:1 bricks, but it actually uses a 1.5 sized brick width, giving it additional curvature that wouldn't be possible on a 1:1 scale.
I was supposed to release this a year ago, synchronous to the Peace 2.0 sculpture that was publicly unveiled which utilized Prajna to spell out "Peace" in 12 different languages. I like to think that since the sculpture was written with Prajna, it has a literal connection with wisdom, understanding and insight. I release it now with the hope that you may write with Prajna of your own.
The design process is typical in its atypicality (yes, it is a word, or, at least, should be!).
The atypicality necessitates the telling of the story behind it.
Looking for something to do...something easy to do, I came across the font shown 5th from the top in this article on Dieline. "I can do this," thought I. I did a 2 that looked similar. Based on that, did the 3. 5 6 9. 0 8. 1 7. "Hmm." Add the horizontal stripes. 7. 4? "No." Re-4? "No. Another 4? Perhaps thinner sides?" "Even thinner." "Hmm." Redo 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9. "Maybe this is better. OK, lets do the letters." Start with Z because it is almost a 2 with minor curve tweak. Do the S. B because 3 is done. A. V. C. E. F L. J. Etc.
The glyphs so far have a 3 horizontal band appearance. Do the lowercase. a is two bands. b is two bands...but how high should the ascender be? Also, the x-height seems wrong. Off somehow. "Can I do a 2 band uppercase with the letter slightly taller. Maybe 2 bricks taller?"
Redo A. Redo B. "No this B is not working." Redo B. Redo B. Redo B. "Hmm. Maybe." Redo C D. Redo E F L. "OK, this might work." Redo to all uppercase letters.
Do the lowercase. "Yes I like the new f." Redo other letters to include the flip. Most of the letters are the same width. "Maybe I can make this a mono-space font." Redo m. Redo M. W. V. "The A looks odd." Redo A. And so on.
The font may have started as a simple thing but it is very different now. "I'll just publish it." "No, I should at least do the basic punctuations." "No this hyphen is too thick." Redo. "Now it is too thin." Redo. "Now it is too wide. But this is mono-space font. The width cannot be altered." +. "That just looks weird." Redo +. Now the - looks off. Redo -. Now they both don't fit with the rest of the font. Redo + -. "No. I'll come back to them." Do [. "No that's too heavy top and bottom." Redo [. Do (. "This needs a different curve." Redo (. "Can I use this new curve somewhere else?" Redo @. "Hmm." Do ©. Do ®. Do ™. Do “. "I can't make this so wide." Do ‘. "Definately cannot make it mono-space." Redo all punctuation to be their natural width. "This is no longer a mono-space font. Should I redo M m W w to be more natural?" Redo do m. "No this is too much work. I can't be bothered anymore. Let the m's and w's be."
"The punctuation looks niiice. Should I do a font to match these?"
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As you see, this is not a conventional font, it's more like a little picture game. Typing pairs of letters you can see some figures: AB = Dog, CD = Bockwurst, EF = Car, GH = Factory, IJ = Bike, KL = Truck, MN = Frankfurter, OP = Pinocchio, QR = Birthday Cake. But what happens if you write ASSSSB?... And with the others?... Try it and enjoy!
MIKITA - A "Chrome Script" style font based on the "Makita" logo type.
It is a simple 'semi' connected script, with only the basic character set. I don't feel like this requires having tons of typographic features. It is just aimed at writing simple things in this script style.
I hope you like it nonetheless
KROEPOEK -Letterforms influenced by the orient.
Simple geometry based design that tries to imitate Asian style letterforms.
The font comes as a "all-caps"(majuscules) with the lowercase string used to include a set of glyph alternatives for the uppercase set, but cutting the descending parts of the glyphs.
As a little bonus, a set of underlined lowecase vowel alternatives (a, e, i, o, u and y) was also included to allow a small level of personal depth. These can be found in the Unicode block for: 'Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms'
Besides the letters there is also a set of essential punctuation and symbols present to make the font proper functional.
I hope you like it,
Based on an old glyph by the magnificent and always amazing Master geneus1. Caps only. You can find an extra A at the "a" glyph and a little C placed at the "®". See also the grey version.This is a clone of zalida 3D eYe/FS
What’s your favorite letter?
ALIEN WORMHOLE (BOLD) - Monolinear Sci-Fi-inspired 'worm' typeface.
This is a 'Bold' style version to the "ALIEN WORMHOLE" type family.
This version has a ton of extra character compared to the 'Light' version.
For now only the two 'Basic Latin' sets, some symbols and a small number of puctuation marks match. And it remains to be seen if I can translate back to the Light version all those extra's that were put into this Bold version.
I mentioned 'type family' earlier, but in reality there isn't a whole lot of family just yet. Since the two for now hardly correlate truly.
Here is a link to the 'Light' version
Stay tuned for future updates.
Basic piano chords. Not sure if this is useful as a font, but I wanted to try something different.
Unicase with alternates (a, e, m, n, u...). You can find also an extra "&" at the ™ glyph and a "c" at the ¢. Inspired on the wonderful Goliath (1970) by Vincent Pacella, but with its own personallity.
MODERN TYPEWRITER - Typewriter style Slab-Serif
The idea was do a simple, clean and solid looking design that mimics the looks of a classic typewriter style typeface used for form fill writing style.
The rectangular shaped concept was carefully chosen to provide this nice mechanical looking forms, and to further enhance the technical style concept of this design.
Boost! is runic yet futuristic. I took inspiration from racetracks, traffic signs and vertical scrolling marquis. Caps only to keep the shapes consistent within the pixel art limitations.
REWINDER - A bold and decorative "I don't have a clue" style font.
Alternative lowercase versions for (a, c, e, g, j, m, n, o, q, s, u, v, w, y, z)
Usually I design fonts from a general concept I have in mind and start with the Latin alphabet first since I am most familiar with these characters. Then when I have completed these I start adding extra language support. letting everything evolve from there on out into the other languages such as Cyrillic or Greek. Doing it in this fashion I find myself having the best change of doing a decent job designing characters I am not familiar with the right way and in line with the design parameters.
This time I starten designing the Cyrillic alphabet first, trying not to think about the Latin set design at all. I did this in an attempt to have a neutral mindset that wasn't influenced in doing it a certain way.
And I must admit, this was the best and most comfi time I ever did a Cyrillic set. I experienced a sense of having a lot more freedom for creative output.
The result became this cool looking "hell knows" what kind of style letterforms. I have no clue if I actually did a decent and accurate job at the Cyrillic set, and I'm not sure where to go from here on out either.
I hope you like it so far
STF_THUNDERDOME - A tall thin stroked Art Deco typeface.
I tried to create pretty simple, elegant but somewhat wonky geometric letterforms.
Inspired by the later 70's Art Deco Streamline period.
This remains a WIP, many of the glyphs in the Extended-Latin set aren't reflecting their Basic-Latin counter-parts. The character set remains far from complete for now, and many changes need to be made still.
Kerning done only for a few pairs and overall balance therefor is still quite poor I guess.
Some 'more' detailed but derailed towards the end 'in-depth' recap of this font could be found bellow in the comment section.
Stay tuned for more,
Peace!This is a clone
This is zimmera without scratches, more usable for general purposes. Thanks to frongile for encouraging me to add it here. Hope you like it.This is a clone of zimmera eYe/FS
BENGALIQUE - Contemporary grotesk type
A condensed geometric Grotesque style, that at first glimpse looks somewhat simplistic. And for the larger part this is true. The goal was to do a ever so slightly spiced up take on this 19th Century classic style.
At it's core, the letterforms have this strong geometric grotesque backbone that is easy to recognize.
While trying to preserve that unpolished characteristic classic Grotesque basic form, I attempted implementing some personal twists, hoping to make a more contemporary but faithful variation to it's crude classic renegade traditions.
Some of the more distinguishing features for this font are it's heavily condensed style, the somewhat quirky curvatures, overshoot and/-or tapered ends in certain 'sweet spots' on a glyph's leg or terminal.
At random some legs will also ascend and descend just a tiny tad bit, gently adding this extra layer of dynamic depth and playfulness.
Spurs are slightly tapered, counters, negative spaces are in mostly rectangular and do not mirror their convex outer curves, in fact the only concave curvatures within a partially enclosed negative space are those that have strokes intersecting or when a curved shape is used to replace diagonals.
(such as; "B, Kk, Ss, Xx, Y, Zz" numerals; "2, 3, 5, 8")
Note that a couple more unmentioned characters make use of concave curves as well to accentuate specific choices.
(such as; "R, t, ß, etc.")
Visual corrections and optical compensating was exclusively performed on the top part of the glyphs, not their bottom.
-- Some additional side-bearing and kerning is still required --
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The font works best for 'Display Type' at most point size. In smaller quantities it can be used for 'Body Type' as well with some proper adjustments to the horizontal spacing. But, nonetheless the font's condensed nature, it's tight letter spacing and some thinner strokes still heavilly affect the flexibility for legible Body-Type-use.
Recommended size for Digital-Display-use is 28pts or higher, and bellow 20pts the font becomes unreadable in Digital-Display-use. But I hope you like it so far, and feel free to let me know what u guys think! ?
That's all for now folks..
Inspired by the Logo of The band Scorpions first created back in 1975.
All other letters were built based on the letters in the original logo by me.
I found the original font of the logo, called "Lady Starlight" (you can check it out here:https://www.dafont.com/lady-starlight.font?text=SCORPIONS) quite boring and thus made this like a recreation. Hope you find it much more interesting.
HeavyComp entry number 1
Open to comments and suggestions
G1 ThunderGawd. Opening day for Marvel's Thor Love and Thunder movie AND final day for the FS HeavyComp! Time to kill two birds with one stone, or maybe feed two birds with one scone.
HeavyComp entry #3. This font features...
• 7 Color layers
• Chamfered Bevels
• Interconnected Celtic knot patterns with shaded underlayments
• Full weaving pattern on uppercase/numbers, vertical patterns on lowercase
• Thor's hammer Mjolinr on the +, broken hammer on the -
Can't wait to watch another film of Thor in the Taikaverse. Feels like I'm going to watch it about 50x, just like Thor Ragnarok.
Thanks to this competition, this font brought the challenge out of me. Believe it or not, this is the simplified version of what I wanted to make. Really nice set of submissions in quality and quantity from everyone for the Heavycomp.
G1 Defkahn. A somewhat readable modular graffiti font colored over four layers. Independent bubble fills on upper and lowercase sets. Heavycomp entry #2.This is a clone
G1 Densyle. HeavyComp Entry #1. Heavy Slab. The limited kerning I did works on the preview, not so much on the downloaded font.