Type Battle! Week 3 (1/30)

Jared Benson's picture

TYPE BATTLE: Week 3 (30 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.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle03


- Size: 600 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and white only
- Format: Please save your graphics as PNG
- Only respond with the characters posted in the challenge.

// Using only pixels, design at least 10 characters of a triline font.

dave bailey's picture

Here's what I'm working on now, sort of a sci-fi extended type dealy...

Dav's picture

A 'quick'n'dirty' one
( I may post another one, tomorrow :)

enrico_limcaco's picture

formlos, i like the ligatures that are happening with your sample.

Dav's picture

Thanks, Enrico, Its actually roughly based on my previous 'Typophile Battle' ( Slab Blackletter ) submission


dan_reynolds's picture

Tim, fantastic! How does the complete uppercase look? Numbers?

Mark Simonson's picture

I was going to sit this one out, but you start clicking those pixels, and the next thing you know it's past 9:00.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Nice pixel-clicking Mark. Looks a bit like a version of Mostra Black, no? And you do know what the best tool for clicking those pixels is, don't you?

HyperCard - in Fatbits mode... w00t!

Grant Hutchinson's picture

And speaking of mucking about past 9:00 pm... again...

... here's another one. A tip of the pencil tool to Jared for the inspiration.

Jared Benson's picture

Grant, nice work. Feels fresh. Any chance you're building these on the Newton?

stw's picture

a little bit improved.

stw's picture

I also started a new style and i would like to hear what u think about it!? I had no time to make more than one charckter yet.

dan_reynolds's picture

Yeah, Grant, what is that program?

Mark Simonson's picture

Grant, I was going to say something about how great FatBits was in MacPaint on the first Mac. HyperCard probably used the same code (both written by Bill Atkinson). Great idea. I should be using BitFonter (which I own) but I used PhotoShop so that I would just have a big, white canvas to work on.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Jared, on the Newton? Nope. For the Newton, absolutely. Newton fonts are basically TrueType fonts without the outline data. The bitmaps are stored in sbit tables, with optional width metrics for printing using a PostScript printer's built-in outlines. There are tools which facilitate moving the bitmap data back and forth between the formats. Unfortunately, there's no native bitmap editor for Newton. Sigh.

Dan, HyperCard was a simple, programming tool from Apple that used hyper-linking and a 'stack-of-cards' metaphor. I still use it for rapid development of file and text manipulation utilities. As Mark mentioned above, it was originally designed by Bill Atkinson, the father of MacPaint. The one-bit paint tools are simple, clean and intuitive.


Mark, if you need more real estate (and you feel like popping into Classic) you can create a custom HyperCard window that's nearly the size of your screen. Here's a screendump of the largest HyperCard window possible displaying on my 22 inch Cinema display.


I've only just started playing with BitFonter (specifically to update the current Newton system fonts to include the Euro). I kinda miss using Altsys' Fontastic, actually...


dewitte's picture

height = 5 pixel

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Yeah, baby! The smallest one yet. Superb.

Zara Evens's picture

Steven, I think the 'H' is great, it is very Maya-esque. I'd love to see more.

timd's picture


duncan's picture

It was too hard to resist playing with this idea more so here is another one I threw together.

Also... Steven, I really like that "H." I especially like how it meets the requirements for this battle but it does not look pixelated. Does that make sense?


pica pusher's picture

Here's something... Haven't had much time to bake this one; therefore it may be semi-hemi-demi-half-baked.

Glen Villegas's picture

Here's my first post.

I still feel like there are some issues with the color. But for a first attempt I'm pretty satisfied with it.

Hope you guys like it.

cerulean's picture

"Smalltalk" is nice, Dewitte, but it seems a little... you know... big.

Tim Stadelmann's picture

Good stuff. Woodtype seems to work out quite well!

Dan, here's a complete alphabet for my last design. Some letters need more work, and there are still no numbers.

fizkiks's picture

this is sort of a mess, but not as messy as the triline bike graphic i tried to make to go with it.

dtw's picture

This has been so great to watch, that even a non-desginer like me feels the need to fire up Photoshop and have a play. Is it acceptable to murder a few old classics like this?

Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

Jared Benson's picture

Great work,Tim! Your blackletter has got personality. However I wonder whether the k, r, and x could use more definition - I'm not sure I'd know what that character was if taken out of context.

timd's picture

Barcodoni :)

Miss Tiffany's picture

Jared, how about Van Halen? :^D

Jared Benson's picture

I don't have the time anymore today to play with it but I invite anyone who's interested to take it and elaborate on it. Do me a favor and change the "A" - I avoid those rounded-top As at all costs, but just got lazy this time.


paul d hunt's picture

wowsville, glen! that tri-line blackletter knocks my socks off! totally rad!

(okay i know i should be shot for using three !!! in a row, but i really was blown away)

pica pusher's picture

Glens really makes me nostalgic for the old Mac Classic Prince of Persia games... the titles had that same feel to them, somehow.

Anyway there goes my lunchbreak today:

Glen Villegas's picture

Thanks for the positive response!

I've been making more letters. I'll re-post as soon as I get done.

Glen Villegas's picture

I just made a few more letter. Sorry, I didn't have enough time to make more. Perhaps next battle.

istitch's picture

great stuff everyone! it's been exciting to see so much variety…

here's a revised version of my original post—now those are some pixels, baby!


timd's picture

Pica's knotwork gets my vote, closely followed by Glen's Ming the Merciless.

cheshiredave's picture

A little belated, but here are some A's for Jared. Didn't have a compelling idea for this challenge myself, but here was a little thing I could contribute.

I adored the wood type ideas. If I were a pixel-font-using designer, I'd be all over those.

Mark Simonson's picture

Paging Miguel Hernandez...

I would love to see what Miguel would do with this.

pica pusher's picture

Paging Miguel Hernandez…

I would love to see what Miguel would do with this.

Holy crap he would own this thing... One look at those fonts and my self-confidence ebbs away like the tides...

Val's picture

Hi !

Here is my idea

Guerella's picture

Do any of you have plans of porting your designs over to Fontstruct?

gillo's picture

Please forgive the extra bump, but some of these are so lovely! I especially like the ones that look like folded ribbons, and the thunderbird one.

I miss battles!

timd's picture

I was just thinking the same thing, there are some lovely pieces here.


dtw's picture

Yeah, you're not the only one, Gill.

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