A spirally design which tries its best to be lineal. Check out the "M" to see the "ammonyte". :D
Well, for some time I've wanted to make a font entirely with spirals. This is not that font, but it's as close as I've gotten to actually carrying out the idea. This is also small enough to use for body text, which is likely more than will be able to be said about an actual 100% spiral font.
Original size: 15.75pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)
Pixel demake of Spelunker. Should be mostly kerned by now...
Pixel demake of Basalt.
I'll add all the original glyphs eventually... this was just an experiment to see how a pixel version would turn out!
From the vault of unpublished doodles, a permutation of earlier ideas.
Verbossus in sans-serif!This is a clone of Verbossus
A polygonal font which uses an optical illusion to appear round!
This was once a shy, lineal design... then it rebelled against its parents, went subtractive, and finally became futuristic knotwork. Gnarly!
Original size: 15.5pt
Original size: 15pt
A font which has a spurless, sans-serif, pixelated polygonal look which is somewhat reminescent of fonts used in VHS technology.
A lot of applied science has gone and continues to go into this design. It's designed to remain legible on all media in all use conditions, provided that one uses the original size or a multiple thereof. Numerous technologies and mediums are being employed to realize this objective.
"Diaspora" is now being tested and refined for use with/on/against:
• CRT, LCD & e-Ink screens
• image formats & compressed imagery (GIF, JPG)
• printers (inkjet, bubble jet, laserjet, & thermal)
• analog video & multi-generational copies (VHS, Super 8)
• digital video (AVI, MP4, MPEG, WEBM, WMV)
• 3D and voxel models (Blender, MagicaVoxel, POV-Ray)
• dynamic scaling hardware (game consoles and capture devices)
• imagery plugins & filters, including image degraders
• image scaling/interpolation hardware & software
• image recognition hardware & software
These all have traits which degrade, distort, compress, glitch, or otherwise alter imagery in various ways. This design aims to minimize the loss of legibility from these effects and to attain the best scores possible in various forms of imagery analysis. So far, this has proved extremely useful, as it can remain fully legible even when extreme JPG or video compression are applied to it thousands of times.
A piece software I helped write, called the Marinan Imagery Deconstruction AI System (MIDAS), is being used on captured images of this font. The end objective is to realize the design which has the best all-around Marinan Interpretability Value (MIV) for all the tested platforms - the design which is considered by MIDAS to be the most legible in the most media under the broadest range of use conditions and quality levels.
MIDAS uses a set of considerations made with both humans and computers in mind, so a high MIV does not necessarily equal a better font - it just means one that the system thinks is easier to visually interpret. Note the use of the phrase "visually interpret" as opposed to "read". MIDAS tries to determine how well people and computers can tell what shapes are, not how much enjoyment they'll get from reading or how much strain they might undergo while doing it.
1.0.0 - initial release.
1.0.1 - More Latin support added.
1.0.2 - First batch of tests run.
1.0.3 - gjy5&ßẞ were improved, some glyphs added.
1.0.4 - Second batch of tests run. Space width reduced.
1.0.5 - Experimentally converted to a rounded spurless design, then converted back to a plain spurless after testing. A few new ligatures were added.
1.0.6 - Cyrillic and Greek enter development. Many of these letters must be altered to be distinct from their Latin counterparts.
1.0.7 - Some spacing values changed to increase internal consistency. More difficult tests are being devised. However, since only I seem interested in this type of work, this project is going on hiatus for some time.
See also: AMFA, a font built with similar considerations in mind
Cybernaut turned inside-out! The result is mostly illegible except when used at multiples of the original size and with antialiasing turned off. At the original size (2x Pixel size), it's capable of some magnificent cybernetic aesthetics.
Original size: 21pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)This is a clone of Cybernaut
Another mirror font! I made it in a square style so it would mirror more neatly. This also had the consequence of giving the font a "runic" look.
Looks best at Pixel sizes, but works with any size!
The name "Mirror Mang" comes from two things: the Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band song "Mirror Man" as well as the way my friends from New Zealand say "man".
Original size: 7pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)
Cybernaut with finer lines. It must be used at twice the size of the original.
Original size: 42pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)This is a clone of Cybernaut
A greatly altered Cybernaut!
Original size: 21pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)This is a clone of Cybernaut
Experimental cyberpunk robot mosaic thing.
It gives me a strong "system font" feeling and seems like something that might be included with the OS of some futuristic tech deck. If the Fairlight Excalibur from Shadowrun Returns had its own font, this could be it!
Original size: 21pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)
Pixelated demake of Nirvanite Fossil. It introduces more size variation than its predecessors, and proves even harder to read. The size variation was necessary to prevent these sprites from being too large and to make them more unique from the glyphs in Nirvanite Fossil.
Original size: 25pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A pixel font which uses diagonal arrangements only, resulting in several optical illusions at once! It can appear to have solid lines, gradients, polka-dots, and more.
The negative spaces within the glyphs are as few as possible, to facilitate coloring them in. A few of them ("V", "W", "7", "^" etc.) are a bit arduous... I recommend zooming way in while coloring them...
Experimental 24-segment display or massive monochrome Mondrian matrix. Pixel compatible!
The thinking behind this one was that with incongruously sized segments arranged in the proper way, I would create a design which was effectively 5x5, but which accomodated more glyphs than 5x5 usually does. Negative space is incorporated into the structure of many glyphs, though not enough to classify this as an IVO design.
"Qualtron" is the name of an imaginary entity that a friend believed in - a being meant to represent the result of "a mathematical equation that can rule the universe". I didn't inquire further about it... :D
1. Segments can have interior length/width of 2 or 5.
2. The central 2x2 square must always remain open.
3. Square bricks and 90-degree angles only.
Original size: 20.75pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A fusion between Roman-style text and pixel art - the sort of font that might have existed in old 80s font software. It's fairly wide and verbose and is something of a colossus among pixel fonts.
Original size: 13pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A big hulking Brutalist design.
Original size: 19pt
See also: Solidity
Self-symmetrical pixel fractal font. (x=3*Spx,y=25)
- ITERATIONS -
x=1 - ESOS Lite Terminal
x=2 - Amalgarmada
Original size: 131pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)This is a clone of Amalgarmada
Based on ideas by zephram and Se7enty-Se7en, taking it one level deeper.This is a clone of Amalgarmada
Self-symmetrical/fractal pixel font. (x=2*Spx,y=5)
This is designed on 7x7 black boxes which act as superpixels. This ensures that inline and outline components are congruent.
Original size: 26pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
Bookish pixel font designed for general reading. Made for use in my own future web designs.
The main text font used for the laptop variant of the Mega Duck game console, a device that usually came in a form very reminescent of a Game Boy. I discovered this device and font through Ashens' YouTube video on the Mega Duck.
I like the font's vaguely Art Deco stylings, so I'm preserving it here.
Note that since I don't own a Mega Duck myself, I am unable to see every glyph. I had to come up with a few myself. They're consistent to the style but may not reflect the look of the actual hardware. The system does seem to have excellent language support so I hope a Mega Duck owner sees this...
Also inconsistent to the actual font is the spacing. The original looks like Monospaced 8px, but the width of "0" makes this impractical.
Finally, bear in mind that each "pixel" on the Mega Duck had lines of separation between itself and its neighbors. I've changed the brick size to 0.8 in an attempt to simulate this. It takes an immense size to accurately reproduce the grid, so I consider this design to be in the High Resolution Pixel category.
Recreation of a design from 2011. This was used for the logo and certain menu text in my most treasured and popular video game, "Seven Candles", so it was designed to write only a few words - Seven, Candles, Save, Lines, etc.
This will eventually be used in the remake as well, once I get around to that...
This is a logotype, so it only has a few letters in it. No more glyphs are planned.
A font made by request for a certain Augmented Reality Game.
It is a functional blueprint - not meant to be used as-is, but designed to be embellished. Color it in, put effects on it, or whatever else you want. In this way the font can remystify itself and achieve distinctive looks which require particular art techniques to reach.
"Mythical Bursts" is an anagram of "Bismuth Crystal". The design is inspired by said crystals as well as Mayan/Aztec carvings (or at least, the comparatively simple forms they have in popular media) and sgraffito art in which a surface is scratched off to reveal a contrasting material underneath.
12SEP2018: I've edited every glyph in order to disconnect the letterforms from their enclosing shapes. This makes the font much more readable and consistent.
Original size: 42pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
87.10 degree slanted font for Italicized italic italic Ultra-Italic italic Italian italics. Thanks for making me design a whole family of fonts that hurt my eyes, Zuloph. :P
After I made RC Vertigo, Zu said he could still read it. I began to create increasingly slanted designs, and this one was finally the one he couldn't read.
No symbols/numerals for this one. I consider it to be machine-readable only at this point...
Has science gone too far?
Just when you thought Italic couldn't get more Italic... introducing the Ultra Italicized italic version of R/C Dynamite. NOW WITH EXTRA ITALY!
Just an experiment. Build your own pixel castle with this.
Another experiment. I made a grid out of the pinwheel shapes, then started drawing on it. Not sure why the bugged glyph count... hope nothing goes wrong...
Try viewing at 2x Pixel size to see how it is intended to look!
Type one of `|\^ then a letter to texture the background as well!
Type _ to create the blank pattern between letters.
Original size: 51pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
1. Alphabetic glyphs must fill the pinwheel grid space as much as possible.
2. The pinwheels must not touch any letter's perimeter line. Nor must they deviate from their formation, except when being deleted to make room for the perimeter lines.
3. 90-degree angles only.
Blacked-out, outlineless version of Hipixel. A bit of spacing was added for readability.This is a clone of Hipixel