Freestyle Remix Challenge

hrant's picture

Take a font with a defective glyph, and fix it.

First challenge: the "g" in Matrix.

Let's see what you got guys! And girls. The winner
gets a free license to some font. Or something.

But of course just show the new glyph (maybe in
a word) don't go passing around derivative fonts!!
And if you don't have the font, use a rendering
from MyFonts or something.

hhp

hrant's picture

A lot of good stuff - I'll try to catch up for real tomorrow.

But if a second challenge is desired, there's always my post
of "2005-08-25 22:34" concerning a certain infamous "d"...

Yet another one might be the lc "f" in the original metal Sabon
Italic - one of the worst glyphs ever made in any parallel universe.

And then there's the "a" and "r" in Stone, with their sickly, cloying
terminals. Those deserve a public flogging with a looong composing stick.

Or somebody can suggest something else.

hhp

sim's picture

I have another one:
The “d” in Perpetua.
But it would be too easy making it totally mainstream, so what would be cool is if it were made to keep some level of idiosyncracy.

Here my Perpetua d

hrant's picture

Anybody can move on whenever of course, but I'm wondering:

Should we call the Matrix "g" challenge complete as an exercise, or should we polish the best candidate to a finished state, and maybe even end up with a public "font" with just that glyph in it for owners of Matrix to sub in as desired?

hhp

hrant's picture

> my Perpetua d

Hey, that's a nice surprise!
I would never have thought of that.

hhp

sim's picture

>Should we call the Matrix “g” challenge complete as an exercise, or should we polish the best candidate to a finished state, and maybe even end up with a public “font” with just that glyph in it for owners of Matrix to sub in as desired?

Are we ready to choose the best candidate? If so, which one is the best one? Finally, who will choose?

paul d hunt's picture

i love alternates! (does there need to be a best one?)

hrant's picture

Well, somebody might say "I think this is the best one", and then we can see who agrees/objects, and then the person with that design might become encouraged enough to finish it, and maybe even put out a one-glyph font. BTW, there's really no reason to limit it to one choice. The only thing I personally think people should mind would be to draw the glyph from scratch and not cannibalize contours from the original.

Personally, I think Kris's is the best so far (considering it fits so well with the rest of the font). The main thing I would change is make the connection between the top bowl and the join a bit thicker.

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kris's picture

Good topic Hrant mate, almost 1000 reads! People are into it.

-> The main thing I would change is make the connection between the top bowl and the join a bit thicker.

Like this?

I don't see anything fundamentally wrong with the Perpetua 'd'. I was rather obsessed with the idea for a while. What about changing other glyphs to match, like the 'a'?

hrant's picture

> People are into it.

I think about half -Les Grandes Artistes de Notre Ere- are frothing and
fuming though... :-/ It's a good thing anonymous posting is off now.

> Like this?

Looking great.
I'd just make the right side of the link totally vertical.
BTW, that ear is genial - I would've never thought of it.

Also:
I was going to suggest that you loosen the right sidebearing, but then I realized another dimension to this: ideally we want any replacement glyph to be uniwidth with the original. Can you work with that?

> I don’t see anything fundamentally wrong with the Perpetua ‘d’.

Well, chirographers hate it. But of course that is -or at least should be- moot. I however do have a problem with it myself: I think it causes a too-prominent spike in texture. I've actually caught myself stumbling on it during reading. On the other hand, it's certainly an "inspiring" glyph, and has played a role in Patria's "d".

> What about changing other glyphs to match, like the ‘a’?

Heyyyy, now that's an idea. That might result in: a more display-like cut; or actually making the "d" no longer ruin the texture! Go with it man.

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ebensorkin's picture

Kris, I just looked at the latest g & I have to say it feels absolutely authoritative. The nice thing about this project is it made me look at the forms in new interestying ways. I am all for another charcter/canididate. I would just assumne somebody else pick it. I am up to my eyeballs in pre-winter ready-making.

> I think about half -Les Grandes Artistes de Note Ere- are frothing and
fuming though

What is a 'Note Ere'? As in 'Not here'? That may be a little too grand. Thats alot of folks to have an interest - let alone a negative one.

I agree about the sidebearing.

hrant's picture

BTW Kris, your terminal isn't exactly like it should be. If you look at the "s" you'll see it's more like an isoceles triangle pushed into the end of a curve. Yours I actually like better, but it's out of character.

> What is a ‘Note Ere’?

I'd missed an "r" - sorry - fixed. Meaning: "our era".

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William Berkson's picture

Kris, speaking of the Perpetua 'd' and your efforts to bring the effect through a typeface, over on build, Frank Blokland posted this, which does what you were attempting. It is worked out with admirable consistency, but my first impression is that the whole thing really doesn't work. What do you think?

crossgrove's picture

It worked for Storm ....

William Berkson's picture

>It worked for Storm

Thanks for the link. Yes, I like his effort much better. His idea of the slight bifurcation in the terminal of the stems makes it work better. But I suspect those serifs are too skinny to work well in text.

kris's picture

Wow, Antares! That is the sort of thing that I was trying to work out with this (the first two images). It has evolved somewhat, but not to the degree of Antares. Thanks for putting that up William. I was totally unawares.

sim's picture

> What about changing other glyphs to match, like the ‘a’?

I think the problem with the a is not so much the bottom but the top. Here a suggestion for the a and the Perpetua d

hrant's picture

Game over?

hhp

paul d hunt's picture

you're the referee of this one, it seems.

hrant's picture

Only the catalyst, always.
Go ahead, propose a challenge!

hhp

ebensorkin's picture

Maybe a new thread would be better. Paul - you decide since you a have been nominated.

sim's picture

Game over of which one : Matrix, Perpetua?

As suggested by Eben, I'd start a new thread, keep the same name Freestyle Remix Challenge and adding the typeface and the glyph for this challenge. For instance :
Freestyle Remix Challenge - Matrix g.
That to avoid to have two challenge in the same thread.

paul d hunt's picture

how 'bout if we make this a special interest group if this is going to be an ongoing thing?

sim's picture

OK, What’s the next challenge?

sim's picture

Oups! I did not see the Special Interest Group was already in use.

Sorry.

paul d hunt's picture

ok, hrant, give us a new challenge here.

hrant's picture

OK, here you go:
http://typophile.com/node/15175

Maybe less clear-cut, and more restrictive, but hopefully a worthwhile challenge.

hhp

hrant's picture

So it looks like they finally fixed it:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/emigre/matrix-ii/

As Tiff would say: Discuss.

hhp

ChuckGroth's picture

interesting...

ebensorkin's picture

It is is improved - and bears some substantial resemblance to what we worked on here. I am missing seeing Kris' last version.

hrant's picture

Indeed, it would be very useful to resurrect the attempts submitted here.

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Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Why, Hrant, long time no see. Are ya back?

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