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Eight new bricks

News | | January 27th, 2009

We’ve added eight new bricks to the FontStructor:


I know people have asked for others but these are the ones that have consistently been asked and argued for. We will add more bricks and brick functionality in a later update to FontStruct.


  1. Terry Sampson

    Love the new bricks. I have been looking for shapes to complete my latest font.

    Keep up the good work.

    – Terry Sampson — January 27, 2009 #

  2. intaglio

    YAY! I should go back and fix all the fonts that have needed these. But it’s just too much temptation to start a new one…

    – intaglio — January 28, 2009 #

  3. geneus1

    Thanks Rob! It may seem like a minor upgrade, but these new bricks will make a major difference. Kudos!

    – geneus1 — January 30, 2009 #

  4. Em42

    Rob, even if I’m against new brick additions (the only one I suppose!), I think this new set is lacking two important bricks: the intersection of new bricks 5 & 6, and the intersection of new bricks 7 & 8.

    (Maybe the above sentence is quite contradictory, but that’s it! :)

    Thanks for improving FontStruct!

    Em42 — January 30, 2009 #

  5. Rob Meek (meek)

    @Em42. LOL. Everytime we add new bricks I think of you ;) You may be the only one but I have a lot of respect for your position. The eight new bricks do seem to be special. Several people have independently asked for these specific eight and sent in images and text explaining why they would help. You’re right, If you look at the bricks currently available, there are quite a few logical gaps – missing inversions and missing permutations like the two you mention. The new bricks create a lot more of these gaps. If enough people get in touch, we may add more, although I’d quite like to hold back until the brick palette is redesigned and things like brick stacking are officially implemented. We’ll see. One problem we have is, once bricks are there, there’s no going back!

    Rob Meek (meek) — January 30, 2009 #

  6. Mike Skocko

    As someone who began designing fonts in the days of pen and ink, I’ve gotta say that FontStruct is one of the coolest online tools to date. This makes up for not having flying cars yet!

    Thanks, Rob!

    Mike Skocko — March 11, 2009 #