Negative font help

Fr11ko's picture


Im working on a typeface for schoolwork that is best described as a negative font, i have 5 classes, on positive, one negative, then positive that has bite taken off from both sides, bite taken off only from right side, and last one bite taken off from left side.

I have done a simple script that substitutes every other letter to negative when there are 2 positive letters next to each other. Now what i want is to get the first letter always be all positive or bitten off by right side depending if it has a round letter next to it, or not. and middle ones as well totally negative letters or bitten off both sides. My time is running out, and no help what so ever. Well, ask me anything, if you did not understood.

Sincerely, Nele

Fr11ko's picture

My current code is this:

feature calt {

sub @bright @apos' by @aneg;
sub @bneg o' @apos by o_both;
sub @bneg o' @pos by o_left;
sub @bneg o' by o_left;
sub @bneg [a c d e g q]' @pos by [a_both c_both d_both e_both g_both q_both];
sub @neg [a c d e q]' @pos by [a_right c_right d_right e_right q_right];
sub @bneg a' by a_left;
sub @bneg c' by c;
sub @bneg d' by d;
sub @bneg g' by g;
sub @bneg q' by q;
sub @pos @pos' by @neg;
sub @bpos @apos' by @aneg;
sub @posall @pos' by @neg;

Nick Shinn's picture

I have done a fair bit of substitution coding, but I cannot understand what you are trying to do.
So how do you expect anyone to help you?
Well, I could understand if I tried really hard, but why should the reader bother if the writer doesn’t?

As a piece of design communication, your post gets an F.
The principle here is more important than the project: never let your guard down—as a designer everything you do must be a professional-quality communication. (Until you become as successful as David Berlow.)

Show an image of what you are trying to do (we are designers first, not programmers!)
Post a link to your font.
And although English is not your first language, so what? If you are posting in English, make your grammar and spelling perfect—which will help everyone reading, whether or not English is their first language.

Té Rowan's picture

You should have written your response in Estonian, @Nick.

Nick Shinn's picture

If I had, I would have run it through a spellcheck.
If Nele had done that, it would have been apparent that there is no such word in English as “Im”.
Also, I would imagine that sentences always begin with a capital letter in Estonian.
It’s a typographer’s responsibility to be be picky about spelling and grammar.

hrant's picture

But Nick, you never pester native English speakers when they -knowingly- mangle the language. I personally would love to pester everybody about that, but I have bigger fights.


Nick Shinn's picture

I wasn’t just picking on Nele for language, that just happened to be one of several deficiences in the original post.

You know, I read that post, and tried to figure it out, but I couldn’t, so I thought, why should I have to work so hard to help someone else, when they are a design communicator and do such a poor job of engaging me visually and helping me to understand their problem?

The language wasn’t really an impediment (very minor errors), but rather an issue of a lack of typographic care, which I thought I’d mention, because the thoroughness of communication is insidious—if your attitude is, “oh this aspect isn’t important, I’ll just rough it,” that will come back to bite you.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Something like this?

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I don’t understand why there is an @aneg and an @apos. Shouldn’t you put all the negative letters into one class, and likewise all the positives. That’s the point of classes.

Té Rowan's picture

I have seen worse English from native speakers. That may be why the language didn't bother me that much. But, like you, I just couldn't visualise the point.

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