Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Additions to Cennerik, NewNerdish, Eyebel, Dschoyphul, and Grundee families

Cennerik was an early font from IngrimayneType, designed in 1992. It had three weights: plain, bold, and extrabold. The 2020 revision adds two new weights and oblique styles, boosting the family from three members to ten. One of the new styles was between the former bold and extrabold. This became the new bold, with the former bold being renamed as semi-bold.
There were also a few corrections and additions to the original styles. In this and the following pictures, new styles are in yellow and original styles are in white.

NewNerdish is sans serif with a squarish look.  Designed in 1994, it now has four weights instead of three and each of the four weights has a new oblique style.
Eyebel is another square sans-serif, one with only straight lines. It was designed in 1997 and was an experiment to see how a font could be formed with simple straight lines. It started with two weights and the revision adds three weights between the original two as well as five oblique styles.
An oblique style skews or slants the original style. A true italics changes the shape of some of the letters, especially the lower-case letters.

Dschoyphul and Grundee are sloppy serifed fonts with only one weight. Adding  an oblique style to each was simple and may make them more useable.
Dschoyphul and Grundee were designed in 1995. They were attempts to design a rough, irregular serifed face that was still easy to read at small point sizes.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

An eclectic sans serif

In the fall of 2019 I created a Yassitf, a family of 30 sans-serif faces. This year, 2020, I have created a second large sans-serif family, again with 30 faces. While Yassitf was an attempt at a generic face, one that had nothing that stood out to call attention to itself, this new face, Samsheriff, is noticeably different from other sans-serif faces. Putting a sample of it into the What-the-Font engine at myfonts.com reveals no other face that closely resembles it.
Below is a comparison between Yassitf and Samsheriff. While a quick glance may suggest they look similar, a closer comparison of letters shows that they are very different. To make this comparison, Yassitf was sized at 26 points and Samsheriff at 33.
Samsheriff's is the result of reworking the lettering used in Coffinated, a novelty font that had only upper-case letters. Alterations and many additions resulted in Zimric, a hand-drawn face. Zimric was close to being sans-serif, and making additional changes resulted in Samsheriff.

Samsheriff is legible and suitable for text or display. It joins a very crowded field; there is a huge number of well-designed sans serif typefaces already available and more are added each month.

Samsheriff is available at myfonts.com.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A farewell to calt?

Coffinated features letters on coffins. It may be my farewell, at least for a while, to the use of the OpenType calt feature to alternate letter sets.
Coffinated is monospaced and macabre. Its two styles can be used in layers for added color. (See picture above.) It is not a happy face with many uses but it might be appropriate for Halloween or the Day of The Dead.

Unlike Vinetters, Eggad, and BrightIdeas, three other fonts with alternating character sets on objects, the letters used in Coffinated were not taken from a earlier typeface but specifically designed for this font family.

Coffinated is available on FontSpring.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

More fun with calt: Snuggels

For the past couple of months I have been playing with typefaces that use alternating letter sets, in part because I found a way to have an OpenType feature alternate the letters automatically. My latest typeface family of alternating letter sets, which I named Snuggels, emphasizes the tightness with which these alternating letters sets fit together.
The first font of the four began as a set of hexagons and a set of hourglass shapes that fit between two hexagons. Keeping the original outlines as much as possible, I carved out parts of these shapes to make letters. Each set of letters is by itself awkward and not very attractive. They only come to life and are interesting when they are mixed together, with letters from each set between letters from the other set.

It is always fun to see what other family members can be spun from one font. A thinner or lighter version was quite easy to create, though I do not like it nearly as much as the original. Then I realized that I could also do a version using only lower-case-letter shapes. This version does not have ascenders or descenders and that is a bit startling.

This is a typeface that screams "Notice me" to the reader. It is definitely not useful for body text.

Snuggels is available at myfonts.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Font: BrightIdeas

A few years ago I did a maze in a maze book that used lightbulbs for cells. This lightbulb pattern seemed appropriate for another typeface in which there are two sets of characters that alternate. I derived the letters on the bulbs from an early sans-serif typeface of mine, Myhota-Bold. A sample of the result, called BrightIdeas, is shown below. BrightIdeas has two family members, one that has outlined bulbs and one with solid bulbs. They can be used in layers for added color.
BrightIdeas is available at fontspring.com.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

New font family: Vinetters

Vinetters has letters on the alternating leaves of a vine. It is monospaced and uses the OpenType contextual alternatives (calt) feature to alternate leaves as the vine snakes its way across the page, putting leaves with the base down between leaves with the base up. The family has two styles, one with transparent leaves and the other with solid leaves, and these two styles can be used in layers to add color. The characters on the leaves are derived from the typeface IngrianaCasual.
Vinetters is another in a series of font families that is using contextual alternatives to alternate between two sets of letters. The two sets are complementary and neither by itself has much appeal.

Vinetters is available from FontSpring and myfonts.

Also now on FontSpring is FattyPants, a reworking of the odd font Onyon.

Friday, May 1, 2020

28 more

The Zimric family simulates neat hand printing. It is a large family, with 28 members. It has condensed, narrow, and regular widths and each width has four or five weights. Each width/weight has both an upright and an italic style.
A number of my type designs have come from playing with previous designs, either making them more extreme or trying to make them more legible. The lettering I designed for Coffinated invited development. It was sans serif and quite simple. A first spinoff is the monoline Zimric family, which I considered naming Decoffinated.

It is available on fontspring.com and myfonts.