Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New styles for the fall (3)

Jennerik is a very simple, monoline serif font. The plain version was originally created to print rough drafts on ink-jet printers. Because it is mildly condensed and quite thin, it saved on the use of paper and ink. Bold and extrabold versions were added before the typeface was offered for sale.

A recent revision takes this typeface family from three members to eight. A new weight, light, is added and then italic versions of all weights were added. The italic versions of the lower case letters had been created many years ago but never added to this family. Instead the forms were kept upright and combined with some unusual caps to form a new family.
 Along with the addition of new family members, the family received some OpenType features.
The name reflects its simple, unpretentious style.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New styles for the fall (2)

The Jabced family is an attempt to do a standard, serif typeface family suitable for large blocks of text. It works but will never challenge the commonly-used faces for this purpose and its price reflects that. The recent revision added two new weights, semibold and extrabold.
 In addition, the update added several OpenType features.

Updating the Yngreena family added a light weight to both Yngreena and YngreenaAlt.  Yngreena and YngreenaAlt differ in about ten characters. Examples are the Y, g and t in the picture below. The former is more exuberant and the latter is more restrained and therefore better for text.
 Included with the Yngreena family is an extrabold striped version that I did long ago and included on myfonts. I took the opportunity of the revision to change it so it would better work in layers with the unstriped extrabold version.
Some but not all weights support OpenType inferiors, superiors, and fractions.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New styles for Fall (1)

I have added more weights to several typefaces. First up is the revision of the Youbee family that adds two new weights, light and semibold.
The revision adds a number of OpenType features to all weights including some discretionary ligatures and superscript and subscript numbers. The superscript and subscript numbers can, with the OpenType fraction feature, be used to form fractions if the application supports this feature.

The revision of the TiredOfCourier family adds a semibold weight to the existing three weights.
The fonts in the family have some added characters, including common fractions and superscripts and subscripts that also can be used to form any fractions with the OpenType fraction feature. The OpenType feature of stylistic alternatives provides easy access to most of the picture or icon elements that are included in the regular style. (These pictures and icons are not included in most of the other weights.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A generic sans

Sans-serif typefaces dominate in places where large type is used such as titles and advertising. Recently on myfonts.com 46 of the 50 best-selling typefaces were sans serif. Serif type is still used extensively where lengthy text is needed such as in books, magazines, and newspapers, but it does not sell well.
When updating Galexica by adding five styles to the existing five styles, I noticed that my limited offering of sans-serif type had nothing comparable to the superfamilies of sans serif type that have proliferated in recent years. Although the world does not need yet another sans-serif typeface, I could not resist the challenge of creating my own super family.
The result is the 30 styles of Yassitf. It has three widths: condensed, narrow, and regular. The regular has six weights, the narrow five, and the condensed four. Each of those weights has both an upright and an italic version. It is now available on myfonts.com
Creating Yassitf gave me the opportunity to further explore opentype features that I had not previously used. I learned that some of them can add a lot of functionality to a typeface. Going forward, I may add some of these features to my existing faces.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Another upgrade: Galexica

The eccentric sans serif font Galexica now has five more family members. Previously it had five: regular, bold, extrabold, italic, and bold italic. The added five are extrabold italic, thin, thin italic, black, and black italic.

Although it is a quirky font with odd letter forms, it is surprisingly legible.

It is available on myfonts.com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Star tilings

In making maze books, I used a number of tiling patterns that featured stars of various kinds. Over the past month I gathered them, corrected them where necessary, and filled in some obvious gaps when I looked at what I had, and then issued the results as a two font family, IngyStarTilings. It is available on myfonts.com.

Here are a few examples of what kinds of patterns it can produce. (Note, most of the patterns require two characters.)
 Above, an eleven-pointed star and an eight pointed star. Below four-pointed stars and three-pointed stars.

Stars do not tessellate so I could not use these patterns in my various tessellation patterns.

A complete listing of the patterns I could make with the typeface is at ingrimayne.com/fonts2/SamplesStarTilings.pdf.

(Two other typefaces that feature stars are XStellaStern and XStarsAndStripes.)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

More fun with coloring fonts

I have recently added more color options for several typefaces sold on myfonts.com. Tuskcandy and HippityDippity have inline or outlined styles, and now the outside ring, the middle ring, and the inside letter can all be set in different colors.
 WyomingSpaghetti-Bold added a thin outline style that was created for use in layers.

AccruedInterest is a sloppy, outlined font. The middle now can be used alone or in layers with the original.
A couple of added characters give more options for TOCinRings. Below a blank red disk has been placed behind the lettering and a black ring has been placed above the letters. The effect can be obtained with layers or using keys that have zero width. A pdf file that can be accessed from the description on myfonts explains both ways.

Karlisbad has grown from a single-font family to a family of three with two variants that have the lines removed. Below the regular variant is used to create text where the letters and the lines have different colors. The extra light variant is given the same color as the background and the result is hollow lettering, a reading-between-the-lines font.