Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tessellating Typefaces (part 3)

Three more tessellating typefaces have been added to Included is a fourth typeface of birds, TessieXtraBirds. When playing with TesselManiac and before it TesselMania, I have had the tendency to see bird possibilities much more readily than other shapes.
The other two typefaces have a variety of shapes and no clear theme as their names indicate. Below is a poster for TessieMoreStuff. The plane shape has four edges that are all shaped with identical center-point rotation. The poster has them in three different tiling arrangements.

The musical notes from TessieMiscellaneous are a based on a triangle. It is a pattern unlike any that I have seen elsewhere.
Each family contains two styles, a solid style that must be colored and an outline style that can be used alone or layered over the solid style (as shown in the two top illustrations). Each has a sample file that shows what key combination are needed to produce the various patterns that are possible.

(Cross posted at

Sunday, December 2, 2018

More layers

I continue to break apart fonts so that they can be used in layers to make bicolored and tricolored lettering. Recently added to come were additions to Masheen,
 Medieval Gunslinger, and

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tessellating Typefaces (part 2)

Three more tessellating typefaces have been added to Included is another typeface of birds, TessieMoreBirds. Many of the bird shapes in this typeface are of swimming birds. I noticed that combining two of the swimming birds in the tiling below would result in both swimming and flying birds (shown on the right).  (The flying birds will not tessellate alone.)

 TessieSpinners has a variety of shapes that have suggest spinning or rotating.

Finally, TessieAnimals has tessellating shapes that resemble fish and mammals.

Part 1, with three other tessellating typefaces, is here.

(Cross posted to

Monday, November 19, 2018

More Fontspring revivals

Three more IngrimayneType revivals have been added to fonts offered by

XAabced and JasperSqueese are two text fonts with five and six family members respectively. XAabced was an very early attempt to design a readable text font. The two were eventually blended via the merging option of Fontographer to produce JabcedHy, which seems to be superior to both and as a result, the two parent fonts were never added to the font collection at

RoundWhy is the result of blending or merging two fonts with reverse contrast, Roundup and WyomingSpaghetti. Roundup has round serifs and WyomingSpaghetti square serifs, so RoundWhy has rounded serifs that are not nearly as rounded as those in RoundUp. For this revival the accented characters used in Eastern European languages were added.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tessellation typefaces (part 1)

Over the past twenty years I have developed/created/found a lot of tessellations patterns as I have designed maze books, coloring books, an activity book, and a book about tessellations. A few years ago I decided to make a couple of typefaces from some of this material, but those typefaces were only outlines. This past year I again decided to try to use this material, which has since grown, in typefaces. After a dead end or two, I have mostly finished the effort and am now putting the resulting typefaces on In this new effort I have both outline and solid versions of each pattern so that the user has much greater flexibility than with the first efforts. To aid the user in using the fonts, for each there is a gallery file in a pdf format that shows what characters are needed to get each tessellation pattern.

TessiePuzzlePieces contain puzzle pieces. The reason I created these shapes can be found at the link.
 TessieStandingBirds was a result from a quest to see how many different Heesch types I could illustrate with birds standing on the backs of other birds.
 TessieFlyingBirds has a large variety of flying birds. I tried to limit the use of characters that are not readily reached from the standard keyboard, so some flying bird shapes are on other Tessie fonts that are in the process of being put on
To get a tessellation pattern can require as few as one character but usually two, three, four, or six are required. The pattern above requires two characters because alternate rows are indented.

This illustration below shows three ways these fonts can be used. On the left is the solid style by itself, in the middle the solid style is overlaid with the outline style, and on the right the outline style is alone This shape is unusual because there are two ways to tile it. In the top six row of the picture, birds are flying both to the left and to the right. In the bottom four rows birds are flying only to the left.

For those who like the technical details of tessellations, the top birds are tiled as Heesch type TGGTCC while those on the bottom are tiled as Heesch type TG1G1TG2G2.

(Cross posted to

Saturday, October 27, 2018

More overlays 2

Below are examples of more fonts that now can use overlays to easily display two or more colors.

With layering, there are colorful ways to use RoundUpShadow
 CourtGesture has a hollow top. Adding an "Inside" font with the same spacing allows one to fill the top with any color one wants. The rest of the font can also take on any color.
 ShadyCharacters was designed to remind one of trees. Here the "trees" have autumn colors that are provide with an overlay that fills in the hollow top.
FlagDay is an almost unreadable font. The striped style is layered on top of a solid style and on some of the letters below, there is an outline style as well.
It was derived from FourJuly.
There are more to come.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

More overlays

Recently I have taken apart several typefaces that were outlined or shadowed so that the parts could be reassembled in layers to give multicolored letters. (A first example is here.) Below are more examples.

First, LifeAfterCollege:
It is probably possible to get these effects with some software, but with overlays many more programs can give the effect.

There were also some fonts that could be layered without any changes, such as Kolkman, which had shattered and striped versions.

Also Zebraw and Porker: