Type Battle! week of 1/16

Jared Benson's picture

We're kicking off a new game!
TYPE BATTLES

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:
// Design the characters in the word "battle" as a slab-serif blackletter.

This challenge is now closed.
View the next battle:
Franklin Swash (Week of 1/23/06)

Joe Pemberton's picture

In true hip hop form:
- There will be no judges and no prizes. Everybody involved will know who the winner is, solely based on who laid down the quality work.

- Anybody can talk smack, but it will only be taken seriously if you also post your own stuff.

dezcom's picture

I am not sure what this game is all about, not having participated before, but here is an "Entry" that I don't even know is qualified as a Slab Blackletter (whatever that is).
I figured one hour would be my time limit:

ChrisL

Zara Evens's picture

I am not sure what this game is all about, not having participated before, but here is an “Entry” that I don’t even know is qualified as a Slab Blackletter (whatever that is).

That is because it is a new game, and you are one of the very first participants! I'm not sure I know what a Slab Blackletter is either, but I think we shall soon find out. :)

Nice work, I might have to join in on the fun.

cerulean's picture

I should mention that I have been kicking around the idea of a geosans blackletter for a long time, so it wasn't a big leap to geoslab blackletter.

dave bailey's picture

I'll see if I can sketch something up and scan/digitize it tomorrow at work. No desk in my apt to work at :(

matthew_desmond's picture

Not extremely battle-ish, but I just spent WAY too much time on this to not post it.

Zara Evens's picture

I want to play.

Bald Condensed's picture

> anybody can smack talk, but it will only be taken seriously if you also post your own stuff

Awww! :^(

O:^)

:^P

:^D

dezcom's picture

Zara,
That's gorgeous!
The battle-axe "L" is a nice touch.

ChrisL

James Grieshaber's picture

You know I had to.

andreas's picture

Whats look really like battle... like tank tracks. :-)

--astype.de--

Christian Robertson's picture

Ooh, James, bringin' the heat.

dan_reynolds's picture

bombs away!

Joe Pemberton's picture

Haha. Nice stuff to wake up to. James is that Super Duty Blackletter?

dave bailey's picture

Made this a little more difficult for myself...Slab Serif, Black Letter, Ambigram! (I'm not entirely happy with the 'b' of the b/e combo but I gotta get back to work! I'll post an update later.

paul d hunt's picture

James is that Super Duty Blackletter?

i'll answer that: it's Gothic Gothic customized by the designer.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Oooooh. David. Nice.

Show-off. :^P

Christian Robertson's picture

Where's the slab people?

Zara Evens's picture

The battle-axe “L” is a nice touch.

Thanks! Better to cut my opponent's stems off.

Ha! In true hip-hop form.

paul d hunt's picture

you want slabs, Christian? I got your slabs!

Dav's picture


 
Dav

Bald Condensed's picture

> Where’s the slab people?

Yup, that's what I was wondering myself. Some of these entries are in danger of being disqualified for conspicuous lack of slab serifs. :^/

Bald Condensed's picture

Can I participate with a grunge-style remix?

dezcom's picture

Dav,
I'm lovin' it! Make that one into a new typeface?
But fix the "a" so it looks less like an "o"?

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

"Ha! In true hip-hop form."

What is Hip-Hop form?

ChrisL

Dav's picture

Thank you, Chris
( I never even thought about doing a blackletter typeface, maybe I should :)

My personal favourites so far would be the ones by Gabriel, David ( Bailey ) and Zara, of course :)

Dav

Mark Simonson's picture

A little more serify:

Zara Evens's picture

What is Hip-Hop form?

This is what you might experience in a free-style rap battle (because, you know that is totally my thing), where competitors call each other out with lots of verbal "b*tch-slapping."

dezcom's picture

"free-style rap battle"

Now I see, I am too out-of-it a geezer to have heard any of it but I get it.
In the 1950s, we called this a "Capping Battle" where two guys would face off and say evil things about each other's mother like, "Yo' momma 'so ugly, she look like she been in a hatchet fight and forgot to bring a hatchet!"

I see some things don't change (except for what it is called).ChrisL

oldnick's picture

The lowercase is a little ho-hum, but I kinda like the B.

James Grieshaber's picture

Ooh, James, bringin’ the heat.

Christian, I gotta give you props for yours, both slab and black. And on a curve for style points. I think mine may be lacking some slabness.

David H... nice.

Zara Evens's picture

… and Zara, of course :)

Dav, do you say this out of the fear you have for my intimidating and oh-so-sharp & and dangerous l?
:)

Dav's picture

I sure do :)
( Nah, I really think, at that time, those were the ones I liked the most )

Dav

James Grieshaber's picture

A little more slabby, perhaps...

Dav's picture

This is a nicely remastered version, James :)

Dav

cerulean's picture

Ooh, DB had to invoke the ambigram. Hence, I must throw down.

Zara Evens's picture

oooh, very nice Kevin.

dave bailey's picture

Nice Kevin..seems a little more grafitti-esque though. Here's my last tweak to hopefully make the letters a little more authentic to the black letter style, I'm heading home. It's still not perfect but it'll do!

Nick Shinn's picture


Come on people, enough of your puny little doodles, let's see ya put some ******* ink on the page.

antiphrasis's picture

Here's my version:

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