Type Battle 21: FontStruct

Zara Evens's picture

Here's your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. We are posting a day late, but you still have one week to create and submit your entry. 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.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle21

// REQUIREMENTS

- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and white only
- Format: Please save your graphics as PNG

// THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
// Utilizing the free, online font-building tool, FontStruct, complete at a minimum, a lower case typeface that will look great in a paragraph of text. Post your results in the form of a PNG, and include a link to your FontStruction.

http://www.fontstruct.com

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

Fredrik's picture

A modest attempt at some kind of bodoni-esque face. Never made a typeface, so fontstructor was lots of fun. I have just fulfilled the minimum - lc - so far.
Link: http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/fontstructions/show/15332

Hofweber's picture

Procrastination spurred this typeface with which I spent very little time.


aand that's not even showing up. I'll fix this later.

eliason's picture

Some of these remind me of the old bitmap fonts on the original Macintosh. Kottis's is Chicago and Ruben's is New York.

ebensorkin's picture

Do you think it should completely echo what it looks like on this level

It doesn't have to no, and it is probably not a good idea actually. There does need to be a relationship for sure but what that is precisely is better determined by how it would look in outlines and in print. It's a tough thing to do if you have never done it but it might be rewarding/fun too.

ebensorkin's picture

Thanks Ben!

Joe Pemberton's picture

Dmitri, I love that lowercase. Lots of great stuff here. And even more gems at FontStruct. Great way to end the Battle for the week.

James, I know I'm getting old. In my day brutal meant punishingly uncomfortable.

And, I have to point you to the Punchcut crew at FontStruct. Look for commandzed (Zara), nathancox (Nathan), b boy stylez (Justin), garphynk (Gareth) and sorry Molly, I don't know your user name.

Stewf, looking forward to future generations of FontStruct. Kudos for such an innovative product. I had a moment of joy when I downloaded my FontStruction (free) and installed it with Linotype's FontExplorer (also free).

AGL's picture

Eh eh, Fontstruct is so much fun. I didn't know about such a ¡ awesome ! toy.

If you want to look at it with more detail:

http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/fontstructions/show/14322

He he. André

rubenDmarkes's picture

Yeah, thanks, laserj! "Magical" certainly is a great compliment! Maybe even a bit of an overstatement… :P

Bo constructor is looking pretty good in a paragraph, Fredrik.

ruD

kyrmse's picture

Ruben:
Sua fonte Leiria é coisa de profissional, e é difícil acreditar que seja montada com FontStruct. Gostaria de "adotá-la" para meu uso. Os algarismos "elzevirianos" (é assim que se diz?) são esplêndidos. Só me faz falta - para escrever em alemão - o eszett (ß). Parabéns aqui do Brasil!
Your Leiria font is professional work, and it is hard to believe it was assembled with FontStruct. I would like to "adopt" it for my use. The old-style figures are splendid. For me it only lacks - in order to write in German - the eszett (ß). Congratulations here from Brasil!
Ronald Kyrmse
ronald.info.ms

rubenDmarkes's picture

Obrigado, Ronald! I'm glad you like it. :)

I didn't even know the word "elzeviriano", but I just checked and it does exist; it refers to the characters used by the Elzevirs, apparently – whom I'd never heard of… —, but I don't really know if that's how you'd refer to oldstyle figures. Most of what I've learned about typography is in english, so I don't even know the portuguese words for most things… in fact, I'm so used to hearing and reading english that sometimes I have a hard time thinking in portuguese. :P Not that I can't communicate in portuguese, though.

Anyway, your wish is my command! The eszett is done. Tell me what you think of it, because I'm not used to it and I've never drawn one before, so I'm not sure if it's ok…

ruD

rubenDmarkes's picture

I just tried it. It probably needs a larger eye, doesn't it? The bottom curve gets a bit too dark… anyway, tell me what you think. :)

rubenDmarkes's picture

Corrected it, think it's ok, now.

ruD

Joe Pemberton's picture

Zara just reminded me, this Battle isn't over until Tuesday. So, um, git 'er done.

ebensorkin's picture

Workin' on that kerning... You never did say if that was a-cheatin'...

Natecox's picture

Uniball Serif: http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/fontstructions/show/9974


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BONUS: Can anyone guess where the name Uniball comes from?

ebensorkin's picture

Very Nice indeed.

rubenDmarkes's picture

Those serifs really help with the spacing/kerning on a pixel level, geez… I had to mangle some of the letterforms so the final kerning wouldn't be so terrible… so this really isn't Leiria Sans as I initially intended it to be. I called it Leiria Bad Sans Informal; with this name, it's actually not bad. :P


{Edit: forgot the link, again… Leiria Bad Sans Informal.}
ruD

rubenDmarkes's picture

Nate, Uniball's sweet! Congratulations! Uniball… they make pens, right?

ruD

Natecox's picture

@ruben: Thanks. And yes Uni-ball is a pen brand but it's not the whole story behind the name.

mollymonster's picture

See, a tool so simple that a project manager can use it!
http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/fontstructions/show/15551

ebensorkin's picture

Revised EXP

The lower case is kerned now and has complete serifs but the upper case is not done.

rubenDmarkes's picture

I'd change one or two things – I think the hyphen needs to be a bit lower, for example –, but otherwise, that looks great, Eben. :) Isn't it a bit too tight, though?

ruD

kyrmse's picture

Nate: Of course Uniball is an anagram of Lubalin!
Ronald Kyrmse
ronald.info.ms

kyrmse's picture

Ruben: Thanks for the eszett! Obrigado -
Ronald Kyrmse
ronald.info.ms

ebensorkin's picture

Ruben I tried it wider. I think I would end up deciding depending on how big or small it was going to be viewed. In metal type the spaces between letters get bigger as the font get smaller. Here is EXP2 suited to smaller settings. Now with Caps. And a fixed Hyphen.

ebensorkin's picture

It might be fun to kern this for optical & print rather than grid & screen based purposes...

And maybe make some contextual shapes. :-) the "r+a" looks good. The "s+a or m+a" could use an extra small dot on the end of upper left arm. Milan needs fixing (M+i)

AGL's picture

Quote.
I guess the competition have got'em dotted out by Eben's font. LaserJ font gives me some ideas and question is, can I use it for free? Learning as a Unique Individual seems fun and I vote for it to be used only in 72 pt or up. Eero Saarinen is unknown to me but it actually could end up used on a architect business card. SlabStruct Too is awesome and makes me cry, as I lost a slab serif to a melted hard drive ;;;-). The Mole is still working and "O blowed"(ed) my had off... Jongseong Modulern also works great in 3 inches size :-) The Avenida do Senhor de quarenta e dois anos está à medida and I wonder if sua Illvstríssima Vosmicência náo será un heterónimo deveras fortíssimo... I did indeed required a backup plan before the fall of that hard drive and I excuse myself but I get to say I would like to make a recut of it but shaded to fit it in a cartel españolo, As for the Hammer+Sikler it is a marvelosity with wrong reading R´s, hehe. Bublewrap appears to have been sketched before proceeding to moving the blocks in place. Leiria which was never meant to be so large or small has already been targeted to be noqued asap. Metalfoot's font would work great if plated from 24 points and up. The Terrible thing is that I love back letter. T80´s cyrillic paragraph looks like hieroglyphs to me but the readable part actually collects my sympathy for the sinking "i". Hooray Doc Dr, I guess you gave me a idea: I will include the spell checker red dots in all of my typos and the "W" is evi-lish plus stylish. Bo Constructor is a PIXdoni of elevated stature and therefore extrim good at larger sizes. Hofwebber´s fast creation so far is awesome when used as 10 inches sizes. AGL's (who is this guy Anthony?) is a effort dimmed by a prosthetic hand. Thank God the text is not mine ;) Russelin 5char looks very cool; to be complete the puzzle I would ad a swastika ornament. Natecox Unibal Serif will be download know. Mollymonter´s chickens actually are looking at ya. Eben's Revised EXP has got a small cap kern treatment and the text is good (where does it come from?). And to complete this comment Leiria Sans Is not bad at all, I will not try to predict if it will remain untouched...
Unquote.

¡ Hehe !

André

rubenDmarkes's picture

And here I thought I was the only one with nothing better to do, André! :P

Those anagrams always slip right by me! You're right, Ronald! And you're quite welcome. :)

Lexip and Lexip B would be great if it wasn't for that pesky spacing problem… I hope they come up with some sort of spacing control that allows us to better fontstruct soon.

And you're right, Eben; it would depend on whether we used it for display purposes or for running text. But I do seem to have a tendency to always kern everything on the wide side… (this reminded me of that song: “Hey, babe… kern the face on the wide side…”)
Anyway, that's a tough kerning job you've got there (not that there are many easy ones, I guess).

Overall, I think I'd vote for Uniball (and it rhymes, too).

ruD

Natecox's picture

Ronald wins. Uniball is indeed an anagram for Lubalin. I knew if anyone could decipher and appreciate a lame type nerd anagram joke it would be Typophiles.

Zara Evens's picture

Nice stuff, everyone!

A new battle has just been posted: http://www.typophile.com/battle22

Fredrik's picture

I think there's some very nice work been done here. My vote would go to Eben (cleverly managing to get both the first and last words... ) or Mark's Bubblewrap, as I think they make excellent use of - while highlighting - the modular structure of our new favourite online app. I'm hooked.

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