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16 Years of FontStruct

News | | April 1st, 2024

Bridge Street Mural Callan

Dear FontStructors,

Over the past decade and a half, many millions of our bricks have been arranged across the world. I found the ones pictured above last Summer, shining through the drizzle in the small Irish town of Callan while looking for their designer who unfortunately was away at the time. There is no sight more magical for me than FontStructions glimpsed out in the wild like this.

So Happy Birthday! FontStruct was launched 16 years ago today on April 1st 2008. Since then we’ve welcomed 2.2 million FontStructors to the grid, and about 2.4 million designs have been started. 77,000 FontStructions have been shared publicly in our Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our site over the past 16 years, especially to those of you who have created and shared your original designs here.

An extra-special thanks to each of our 30 or so Patrons, who make a tangible and vital contribution to the site.

Thanks also to Rainer and Georg of the Glyphs project, creators of the wonderful Glyphs 3 font editor. Glyphs is our main sponsor and they continue to generously support modular typography on FontStruct in 2024, having done so now for over 10 years!

Here, as a small, sweet birthday delight, are a selection of 256 “P”s designed on FontStruct in recent years. (P is the 16th letter of the latin alphabet).

256 P Glyphs from FontStruct

What’s Next

There will be another competition starting soon. Hopefully within the next two weeks. Watch this space!

Happy FontStructing!

 

 

 

 

 

 


15 Comments

  1. Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM)

    I wonder what all the fonts used for the image are?

    – Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) — April 1, 2024 #

  2. Rob Meek (meek)

    Too many to easily credit, but basically the last 256 staff picks which are not colour fonts and which contain a “P”.

    Rob Meek (meek) — April 1, 2024 #

  3. Sed4tives

    Happy 16th anniversary FontStruct.

    Thank you so very much @Rob for all of these years that you’ve been maintaining this website and providing the world with this amazing tool for free.

    I hope we have many more years to come!

    – Sed4tives — April 1, 2024 #

  4. Sed4tives

    I think I count 49 of my fonts in the image.. 🚵🚵

    – Sed4tives — April 1, 2024 #

  5. Patrick H. Lauke

    oof, had me worried there for a second that this was going to be a “…but now it’s time to move on” post. phew.

    Patrick H. Lauke — April 1, 2024 #

  6. Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM)

    I saw one of my fonts on row 14, column 6. Also, Happy sixteenth anniversary, FontStruct!

    Also, the font at row 14, column 7 appears to depict a ? placeholder glyph since the Caps set wasn’t finished, but the font does have an actual P in it’s lowercase though.

    – Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) — April 1, 2024 #

  7. elmoyenique

    I wish a Happy Anniversary to everyone who uses this beautiful place, especially with all my heart to Big Boss Rob Meek (thanks for including that handful of my FSs on the beautiful poster)! High hopes for what FS has in store for us in the next 16 years too! Let’s fontstructing, people!

    – elmoyenique — April 1, 2024 #

  8. Rob Meek (meek)

    Well spotted. But it’s a great (P)laceholder!

    Rob Meek (meek) — April 1, 2024 #

  9. Paul Bokslag

    Happy 16th Birthday, FontStruct! I was so sorry to miss you last summer, Rob. I had no idea you made it to the mural and I am humbled to see photos of it here. Hopefully we’ll manage to meet in person at some stage!

    Paul Bokslag — April 1, 2024 #

  10. Goatmeal

    Congratulations on 16 wonderful years, Rob.  What a wonderful way of bringing people and cultures together through creativity and comradery, using fontography as the vehicle.

    – Goatmeal — April 1, 2024 #

  11. Gr4fty

    Time’s gone by in a flash. I know I’ve been here for a few years, but it feels like it’s only been weeks! Some of the best weeks of my life, though. Happy Fontstructing, indeed!

    – Gr4fty — April 1, 2024 #

  12. tortoiseshell

    Happy birthday Fontstruct, may there be many more ahead~

    – tortoiseshell — April 1, 2024 #

  13. BetterHandwriting

    Wow! Two of my fonts are featured in this collage of letter p’s! (half-awake and Mayonnaise)

    – BetterHandwriting — April 6, 2024 #

  14. fontlanger2005

    👏👏👏

    fontlanger2005 — April 7, 2024 #

  15. fontlanger2005

    👏👏👏

    P.S. I can’t get to this page registered.

    – fontlanger2005 — April 7, 2024 #

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