Type Battle! Week 4 (2/6)

Jared Benson's picture

TYPE BATTLE: Week 4 (6 Feb)

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.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle04

Requirements:

- Size: 600 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- 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 two ligatures for Cooper Black and set them in context. Bonus points for any ligature no one's seen before.

dezcom's picture

Yo be diss this and kiss this
from yo southern exposure
I be takin' what yo makin'
needs a non-diss-closure

You can take it on the Lamb yo New Zealand jam
don't get soggy eaten froggy from Souvlaki man!

ChrisL

fractal's picture

That froggy Gee is just outstanding!

wow - you guys are blowing my mind

pd

dtw's picture

I tried to do 'gg' but gave up!

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Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

filoug's picture

guess, had a similar idea as dezcom...

timd's picture


I really can't get the hang of this smack talk business.
Tim

pica pusher's picture

wwwhat was that?

These are nice guys - I like jujube's ky and there are definite bonus points due for the "k!" as I never would have considered that combo and I even failed to notice that it was a ligature until the third time I looked at it.

But, all your efforts pale against the majusculigatures...

dezcom's picture

I guess I wasn't quick enough on the trigger to get my own "quick" out there first. It is different at least. Amazing how different the same word can be to 2 different people.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

dg,
Your AG is smoothe, nice flow.
Since you did the MB, how about add an A and make those Harvard MBA folks want one?

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Thanks Fractal!

ChrisL

fontime's picture

This battle its' a great and simply idea !!

dave bailey's picture

I'm late on this...couldn't decide on the t/u lig so I did 3 diff. versions.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Very nice stuff everybody.

forrest boone's picture

how do i post my entry

Zara Evens's picture

Forrest, in order to upload an image you need to have the Flash 8 player installed. You'll then see an "insert image" link below the comment field.

Please upload a B&W PNG, 600px in width.

fractal's picture

holy smokes - ligature #2 is gorgeous David.

Sorry, can't trash-talk.

That ga combo... sheesh - this is humbling, but moreover, it is educational/inspirational for me.

pd

Zara Evens's picture

Dan, I love the interrobang.
Pica, great AG lig.

So far, Tim's www is my very favorite. Well done. There is something about the pattern Cooper creates, as in this ligature -- chunky, squishy, soft and a quite lovable. Looks a bit like something you could rest on. :)

As I said in the Franklin Gothic Swash battle, I really enjoy seeing those entries which have the potential of working quite well in the existing typeface (which is what I consider to be one of the most important factors in this battle).

z

dave bailey's picture

holy smokes - ligature #2 is gorgeous David.
Sorry, can’t trash-talk.
That ga combo… sheesh - this is humbling, but moreover, it is educational/inspirational for me.
pd

Thanks! :-D The only thing I see now that I would change is making the connection on the li lig a bit heavier to match the Black weight of the typeface as a whole. I had some fun with this week's battle...I'm glad I could be educational/inspirational. It's usually the other way around...I haven't even finished school yet! This community is a great place.

There's a lot of other ligs in this thread that are great as well...I can only hope to reach the level of some of the designers here, someday. :-)

duncan's picture

WOW! Everybody really went off on this one.

Do these count as vertical ligatures?

joe's picture

hmmm...?!

dezcom's picture

Fabulous ur lig Joe! and the e? is boumaing :-)

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

I thought I would post the tree of my 2 and 3 glyph ligs that I made to keep track of them:

ChrisL

duncan's picture

One more try with no attempt at vertical ligatures.

dezcom's picture

Duncan, now add snap and crackle :-)

ChrisL

dave bailey's picture

Hey Duncan, just a tip for ya! When you create ligatures the area of combined strokes should only be as heavy (weight-wise) as a single stroke. Ligature does mean 'joined' but if you look at a standard æ lig it looks like it's just one stroke down the middle that is both the right side of the a glyph and left side of the e glyph. Your ligatures right now for the most part are doubly wide where they join. It draws the eye directly to that part of the combination because it is optically darker than the rest. Take a look at some of the other examples and I think you'll see what I'm saying! :-D Of course I'm no expert, just trying to help!

scbob's picture

I figured I'd throw in a few deep south inspired ligatures.

Bob

Edit: fixed "y'all"

etothev's picture

quick stab at it

duncan's picture

David,

Thanks for the advice. I am on here to learn. I have no formal education in the field of typography, so I welcome any advice that you or anyone else on here has to offer.

Also, Dezcom, thanks for the encouragement.

Here's what I came up with...

Duncan

Geoff Riding's picture

I went slightly overboard with my first post here. ;)

I love all the work you've all done in the previous Type Battle!(s), I am wayy out of my league here.

EDIT: Posted image of a different version of the 'ed' ligature

Comments are welcome.

joe's picture

Can anybody still read this? Bit too much maybe.

G T's picture

found cooper black on my old computer...

dezcom's picture

drain

It is hard to read but kudos for the extra effort! This is the way we learn.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Duncan,
Now you are a cerial killer :-)

ChrisL

duncan's picture

aw... I'm jut not a morning person.

Joe> I like your "drain". It may not be easily to read, but the challenge makes it interesting. Maybe it would serve better as a logo?

k.l.'s picture

Mr Lozos, will you license the gg ligature? Never found a good solution for gg myself ... ;-)

dezcom's picture

Sure Karsten, I would be happy to. :-)

ChrisL

EL Sedoudi's picture

First post, throwing some spanish on ya.

Suggestions welcome please!

Mr. Double R is a bit grumpy.

pica pusher's picture

when I saw the www I knew I had to figure out a way to make one of these:

Jared Benson's picture

I really loved seeing the 'a ligature - I can imagine that one actually in use.

fractal's picture

Yes, yes… I'm coming to bed dear.
I'll be there soon, ahight?

pd

typotheticals's picture

Just a quick easy one for some fun

dezcom's picture

dg,
BRILLIANT :-)

Fractal, the "ah" and "ht" are worth saving for real use!

ChrisL

fractal's picture

Thanks!

I liked the ah right away, but the ht…
Well maybe I shouldn't cross that t until it exits the h.
I'll see about that.

pd

fractal's picture

well, I don't know.

pd

jazzsammich's picture

The first "ahight" was better. How's this one as sort of a compromise?

--Jim K.

fractal's picture

yes, yes

I like it.

pd

istitch's picture

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nc

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