Brick by Brick, the FontStruct Blog

The FontStruct Blog

Competition: Inline

Competitions, News | | January 14th, 2014

Time for our first competition of 2014, with the theme “inline”.

An inline font is one which is characterized by one or more white lines or spaces running inside its strokes. These white interior spaces provide decoration and depth, and they’re often associated with engraved or otherwise hand-tooled letters. Multilinear or polyline fonts can also be described as “inline”.

For this competition we’d like you to design an inline FontStruction.

If you’re unsure what an inline font is there’s a great page linking to categorized examples of inline fonts over at FontShop. And here are a few examples of existing inline FontStructions to help you get the idea:

Inline FontStruction Examples

Credits: From top, wavelength by four, blinker by four, Snowcat by four, “in the queue” (five years later I finally got the pun) by CommandZed , “Field Day” by four, signo by kix, AT Liniya by architaraz, “White Knight” by four, chozen by ishoppejon, Spacerock Biline by LexKominek and “Toothpaste OF” by funk_king)

Remember to tag your entry with “Inlinecomp” before the 7th of February and don’t forget to upload a sample image.

Please read the competition rules below carefully.

Competition Time Period

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 – February 7th, 2014

Competition Rules

  1. You must be a registered FontStruct user.
  2. Your submission must be an “inline” FontStruction i.e. be characterized by one or more lines interior to the strokes of most of the letters.
  3. Your submission(s) must be posted and made “public” between January 14th – February 7th 2014. Although you are encouraged to share your submission(s) at any time between these dates, your FontStruction submission(s) must be public (marked “share with everyone”) no later then February 7th at 11pm PST. Additionally, your submission(s) must remain public until February 16th 2014 in order to give the judges enough time to review all qualifying entries.
  4. Your submission(s) must be tagged with a “Inlinecomp” tag. (For fairness, during the competition time period, no FontStruction with the “Inlinecomp” tag will be awarded a Top Pick or be available for a Featured FontStruction pick.)
  5. Your submission(s) must be downloadable. If your FontStruction cannot be downloaded, the submission will be disqualified.
  6. Your submission must be a newly published FontStruction. Simply adding the “Inlinecomp” tag to an already published font is not allowed.
  7. For each submission, you must post at least one sample image in the comments of the FontStruction.
  8. No letters in each submission can be MORE THAN 48 bricks high.
  9. FontStruct cloning is permitted but the judges will be looking for original work.
  10. You may enter up to three FontStructions to the competition.
  11. This is a friendly competition. Cheering, favoriting and fun banter is encouraged but cruel and uncivil behavior will not be tolerated.
  12. No rules regarding licensing. You may choose any license you like for your FontStruction.

Judging and announcing the winners

All qualifying FontStructions will by judged by the FontStruct staff and guest judges, February 8–16th. Three prizewinners will be chosen. One of these will be the FontStructors’ Favorite. Winners will be announced in a FontStruct Blog post on February 18th.

UPDATE 17.01.2014 The judging panel will be: Stephen Coles from TypographicaFonts in Use and countless other exciting places; Papercut artist and inline Fontstructor extraordinary Paul Bokslag AKA “four”; and FontStruct creator Rob Meek.


Each winner will receive

In addition, all winners will have their winning FontStructions posted as Featured FontStructions for two weeks after the winners are announced.

FontStructors’ Favorite

The valid entry with the greatest number of legitimate favorites at 11pm PST on February 7th, 2014 will be one of the three prizewinners.

Spread the Word

Tell your friends. The button floating above every FontStruction is a really quick and easy way to point your friends and followers to your work. Maybe you can drum up some more  favorite s for your entry in that way, or entice some novice FontStructors into the game.


If you have questions just add them as comments to this post.

Let’s get FontStructing!





  1. Yautja

    Yay! Good luck everyone.

    Yautja — January 14, 2014 #

  2. ETHproductions

    Oh boy! I can’t wait to get started. I hope we see lots of diversity, like last competition!

    ETHproductions — January 14, 2014 #

  3. j4s13

    Fun. Fun. Fun! Spark of using a old idea for a new take on inline.

    j4s13 — January 14, 2014 #

  4. demonics

    can’t wait!

    demonics — January 14, 2014 #

  5. architaraz

    Great news! Wish you all to have some spare time and create something challenging.

    architaraz — January 15, 2014 #

  6. CMunk

    I know what I’m doing this month then ;) Time to play with lines.

    CMunk — January 15, 2014 #

  7. kix


    kix — January 20, 2014 #