Type Battle! Week 2 (23 Jan)

Christian Robertson's picture

TYPE BATTLE: Week 2 (23 Jan)

Here's your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. Each game kicks off on Monday with a new challenge, and closes at midnight PST on Friday. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May be the best designer win.

Requirements:

- Size: 600 width x 400 height.
- Color: Black and white only
- Format: Please save your graphics as PNG
- Only respond with the characters posted in the challenge.

// THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
// Create three swash characters for Franklin Gothic.

dave bailey's picture

I'm fairly certain what swash characters are...and have checked typowiki to no avail. Could we get an explanation for those of us not 100% on what we're designing here? Thanks!

Joe Pemberton's picture

Can I suggest that the requirement say, "Create at least three swash characters for Franklin Gothic?"

dave bailey's picture

Ok, thanks guys! This should be interesting since Franklin Gothic is such a neutral typeface.

cheshiredave's picture

These are pretty basic, I guess, but here's my first stab at it...

(revised post, now flouting two rules -- thanks, Joe!)

Joe Pemberton's picture

Dude, post "Rain King" please. Bollocks to the rules. =)

Or, you could do, "Richard Kegler".

pica pusher's picture

who needs rules? bring the swash!

Joe Pemberton's picture

I'm only encouraging breaking the rules, because mine is going to and nobody is going to stop me! =)

dezcom's picture

OK, if we are allowed to break the rules, here is my Franklin Gothic:

ChrisL

Jared Benson's picture

Franklinstein. It's alive! Alive!

paul d hunt's picture

but where are your swashes, chris?

Christian Robertson's picture

I don't know how to introduce this:

Zara Evens's picture

Christian, now that is just fantastic! You win.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

You guys have all cracked me up tonight!!!

But I suspect that the ideas for this contest are being hatched in the Black Lodge. ;-)

dewitte's picture

frankie goes lowercase.

hrant's picture

Don't know why, but I'm getting this vibe that Franklin's swashes
should be pixelated... Maybe using pixels of deceasing size with
distance; sort of metaphorical of Franklin having stroke contrast.

hhp

dewitte's picture

Well, then let's pixelate it.
Maybe that's a good job for the microfoundry,
since pixels are so small.

Jared Benson's picture

Beautiful, Mattijs. Dig that terminal i.

Franklinstein rides again:

Joe Pemberton's picture

Microsoft has the most famous use of Franklin Gothic. (Okay, so the logo is based on Franklin Gothic.) Of course, I had to keep the 'os' ligature.

Zara Evens's picture

Punchcut dominates Franklin™

Christian Robertson's picture

Extra points to jared and mattijs for doing characters that will work along side the default characters in the font.

Killer zed by the way, zara.

cheshiredave's picture

I knew mine was too tame -- badass work, y'all.

Joe, are those Snidely Whiplash mustaches you drew on there? If so, mightily well done.

fractal's picture

Go Franklin Go

pd

Ale Paul's picture

I did not resist so here is a fast one

pica pusher's picture

Wow I like the lowercase ones a lot more than I thought I would... can't resist...

Now we back to rock the minuscule, hide yo eyes ya fool, can't stop the Franklin from ranklin yo stankin rules!

(sorry)

engelhardt's picture

I'm loving this! You guys have all done great work so far. Keep it up!

I'm seeing Frankin Gothic in a whole new light now. I used to work in-house for an insurance company where FG was one of the corporate faces. Since then, I've found it a bit dull. But this -- this makes me appreciate it all over again!

(Sorry, no entry from me -- just a spectator/cheerleader here.)

hrant's picture

Pica pusher, that last one is super duper.

hhp

William Berkson's picture

Resistance is useless.

Damn you, you've made it even more so:

[edit: I got the T ok, then started on the D & A, when I got an attack of temporary sanity, and quit!]

Mark Simonson's picture

Not sure if that C works.

hrant's picture

Curl the top as well and it will.

hhp

pica pusher's picture

or maybe just the top?

Mark Simonson's picture

Hmm...

You might have something there, Hrant.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Dang, Pica (Dan), your stuff rocks. Morris Fuller Benton would be proud.

And, Mark, it's just a given that we're not worthy to be in your presence. =)

Mark Simonson's picture

we’re not worthy

Oh, no. Don't start that. You can stop by any time.

(I think you guys must be spying on me. I have something along these lines on my to-do list, so I've been thinking about this "problem" for a while. Not Franklin, though.)

pica pusher's picture

Thanks Joe. Actually I particularly liked your "nightmare before micro$oft": completely unexpected.

Mark Simonson's picture

I like Christian's, too. Franklin Gothic Floriated.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Dan (Pica), thanks. I'm glad you see the humor in it. It's funny that you made the Tim Burton connection... clearly I need to work on my bezier skillz. (Inspired by FF Ginger.) =)

Miss Tiffany's picture

I have tears in my eyes. These are gorgeous. Testament to your talent. Some of these really take Franklin to a realistic new place.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Franklin Gothic gets ballsy!

Zara Evens's picture

Lovely interpretation, Grant!

pica pusher's picture

Sweet condensed fig!

And Grant is clearly a baller...

paul d hunt's picture

well... here goes nuffin:

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Nuffin? That's damn near sumpin, Paul.

paul d hunt's picture

well it ain't what it should be, but i figgered it'd do for this game. thanx for the compliments, grant!

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