Fractured Six

aaron_carambula's picture

I've been a member of the Typophile audience for quite some time, and though maybe I'd enter the arena with a pixel font, it's kinda up my ally. This is where one sketch headed. I don't know what to do from here. I see there are necessary changes to be made, the 's,' for example, could use some tweaking.

I though I'd keep it small, a six bit x-height, because that's a great strength of pixel fonts, and a challenge I thought I'd like. Is it working? Is it worth it's weight in kilobites?

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aaron_carambula's picture

How about these character replacements? I thought I'd stay a step ahead and fix stuff before anyone even sees this thread!

aaron_carambula's picture

Ugh, I tried to make something different, and here I am again, a variation on the theme.
variation

dart's picture

I'm no expert on pixel fonts, but I'd say that in your original concept, either your e's are top-heavy, your
s's are bottom-heavy, or both. (The middle of the word "hopelessly" emphasizes the disparity.)

Just looking at the set, it looks like the font wants to be a bit top-heavy - you didn't rethink the o, and
most of the other letters seem to be ambivalent. The word "six" makes it look like your s is upside-
down, too. I'd keep the old c for a bit, switch to the middle e, and try to redesign the s to match them
as much as possible. Then let's see another sample. It's always hard to judge a letter in isolation.

As for your second font, maybe a second thread, just so things don't get confused?

aaron_carambula's picture

all good ideas, I'm at work now, I'll repost later!
Good call on the 's,' it's pretty off.

hrant's picture

I think it's pretty original, and that's hard to do at that size (in 1-bit). But I'd either make the ascenders one pixel taller or the descenders one pixel shorter.

hhp

hrant's picture

BTW, you know what's really crappy about the original Chicago-12pt font? The "g", "j" and "y" go lower than the "p" and "q". Gag me with a bowl.

hhp

aaron_carambula's picture

Ok, here we go with soem revisisions including newer, better, taller (ok, just taller) ascenders, and a few adjustments to fix the letters mentioned above.
Fractured Six

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