Letters within letters! Type an uppercase letter followed by a lowercase letter to nest them. Type a period for an inner square, and > for an outer square.
This was an experiment from several years ago that I found half-finished while looking for potential CounterComp entries. I added missing letters and quite dramatically improved the existing ones. It's not perfect, and some combinations don't work so well (I'm particularly unhappy with capital I), but I think it turned out pretty well nonetheless.
Beware: for some reason, the downloaded font is huge-about 6 times the height of most other fonts-which makes it look horrible in e.g. MS Word, due to the pixel optimization at "small" sizes. I'm not sure what causes this, and consequentially, I don't know how to fix it.
Designed for those members who want inspiration, it could guide them when they need ideas on which to base a font.
Use this like a font: close your eyes and type a 'word' with at least 5 letters -unless you can touch-type this word won't make much sense; you could instead write your own full name or your favourite film title etcetc. You don't need a real word, just hit different keys and then look at the line of glyphs ;)
One half of your word must be in upper case letters, the other half in lower case .
Then look at the [first or] second and the [last or] one before last letter of your 'word'.
The UC will give you an 'image', the meaning of this is transmitted (in the widest sense) by your font; the LC gives the type of look your font should have. You now have 2 guides/ideas/starting points which influence the kind of font you make.
Remember that you look at concepts, invisible messages and your own experience or lack of knowledge, as well as the visible things in the images I drew.
Your font design is guided by a main theme and a way to present it/a style of expression. This is influenced a little or a lot by each UC 'image', and you adjust the look of your font according to the "feeling"/a memory/a dream or wish/an experience/lack of familiarity that you have about the illustration. The presentation of the font, the style of the font, is determined by the LC. All you have to do is combine these two aspects.
In my 'comment' below I give you a few ideas of what could be linked to each of my UC letters; it is up to your areas of study or experience or interest, and the time you want to use for designing and building your fonts, which -if any- of the proposed words and concepts I mention you want to combine with the type of presentation you found in the LC letter.
Your font should "illustrate", convey your feeling about the images you 'wrote' if you don't want to make a font that shows the object itself or is directly based on it. Chose a good name for your font, it is not necessary to name it after an object or concept you based your font on.
Note: the "INSPIRED FONT" is in development; when I have more illustrations for objects, situations, feelings etc or styles of presentation (I am open to suggestions!) I will try to find a suitable design to add to the glyphs as there are still a few empty slots in the Basic Latin set ;)