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Title: Font-making anyone?
Post by: sgore on December 16, 2010, 07:46:26 am
At some point we just get tired of Helvetica and Veranda do we not?
I've recently learned that font making is awesome and I'm curious if anyone else on the forums has been getting into this or interested in doing so.
I'm curious if we can build up a backlog of fonts native to the community. It'll probably have no purpose beyond being fun, but there are enough free tools on the internet to make it possible and I think there are people on here who'd enjoy it.

Those that I've completed so far are here:
http://fontstruct.com/fontstructors/sgore
(Only two right now. I'm a bit of a beginner at this, but I like how they came out.)

Any ideas/suggestions/comments on the idea?
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Putspooza on December 16, 2010, 08:01:45 am
Oh hey wait. Font. This is much less cool than fort making.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: sgore on December 16, 2010, 08:16:57 am
...not exactly the response I was hoping for, but I suppose that's true.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Tesla on December 16, 2010, 09:01:20 am
I've designed fonts with pencil and paper before, but never actually used them. I'm pretty interested in typography.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: martyk on December 16, 2010, 09:50:34 am
I've only made one font to date, the Kratair's language.

(http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/2622/alphabet.png)
(http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/2672/sampleoz.png)

Not exactly practical, but it is kinda nifty.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: gec05 on December 16, 2010, 10:21:49 am
In my general area, a derivative of typography is what the cool kids call "tagging." Looks like graffiti, but on paper.

One time I told this "cool kids" girl I was an artist, since she inquired. She thought I was a tagger, but I was all "um, no."
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Tesla on December 16, 2010, 11:09:02 am
Got started on a font. The fonstruct tool doesn't have centered vertical or horizontal half blocks.

:|
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: sgore on December 16, 2010, 11:21:47 am
They don't have any ready made, but I'm pretty sure you can make one.
Draw a line of three square blocks in a row (either vertically or horizontally). Highlight them. Press Shift+G. A new block should pop up in the "My Bricks" section. It'll probably look the same as the regular square, but shift click on it, then click on the left and right (or top and bottom) sides to erase them (leaving the middle one). The result should be what you're looking for unless I've misunderstood.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Krakow Sam on December 16, 2010, 02:23:54 pm
The Kratair have a base four number system? Their numbers must get pretty big pretty fast :P
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Clarke on December 16, 2010, 02:29:59 pm
I did one for the suldija, along with mathematics.

Basic Arithmetic

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/nd10010/Maths-1.png)

The math practiced by the Suldija is quite different from that of our own. Having four manipulators, each with six digits, the Suldija picked up on a system which utilizes a combination of base six and base four. Like a normal base six system, the digits proceed upward until the number five is reached, at which point a new numeral is added to the left and a zero is placed besides it, so that the number six would be represented as "10". However, when this new counter grows to twenty four, the entire number is set back to zero and a one is placed to the left of it, separated from the zero by a figure which, in the Suldija's language, represents a division of words. While twenty five in our system would be represented as 25, in the Suldija's arithmetic system it equates to "1 1" (note the space between the digits).

The Suldija also perform simple arithmetic functions differently. The Suldija's language lacks the linking verb "to be", and so an equivalent to the equal sign did not come about until later on, when algebraic functions came into play. Instead, two different numbers are separated by the Suldija character which attaches prefixes to words. This is then placed next to the Suldija equivalent of an arrow, an outward-facing half-hexagon, and the function performed is dependent on its position. 4/2 = 2 in English would be represented as 4(combined w/ 2) ==> 2 (For the equation on the right in the diagram, opposite of multiplication, I accidentally put a subtraction sign instead of a division sign.) 4*2=8 would be represented as 12(eight in binary) <== 4(combined w/ 2).

I was working on a language, but I can't figure out how to transfer a custom font onto the forums. Does anyone know a workaround for this?
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Cyst on December 21, 2010, 06:28:56 pm
Type onto an image. Upload image to your choice of website. Copy BBcode for image. Post BBcode.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Flisch on December 21, 2010, 06:32:02 pm
I think he wanted to hack the font into the forum software.
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Detoxicated on December 24, 2010, 03:36:24 am
I like your cold war font sgore... have you got any links to such programs of font making?
Title: Re: Font-making anyone?
Post by: Tesla on December 24, 2010, 06:13:50 am
Hmm, maybe the site he links to in the first post?

Just a guess!

They don't have any ready made, but I'm pretty sure you can make one.
Draw a line of three square blocks in a row (either vertically or horizontally). Highlight them. Press Shift+G. A new block should pop up in the "My Bricks" section. It'll probably look the same as the regular square, but shift click on it, then click on the left and right (or top and bottom) sides to erase them (leaving the middle one). The result should be what you're looking for unless I've misunderstood.

Thanks, but this produces a tile with one third thickness. I need centered at half thickness. I'll try different combinations with this method.