TYPE BATTLE: Week 13 (30 May)

Christian Robertson's picture

TYPE BATTLE: Week 13 (30 May)

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 the best designer win.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle13


- 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.

// Design a pointing hand dingbat.

stw's picture

two very quick one! :)

But I'm the first!! Ha Ha :) Yuhuu

Teen Wolf's picture


Newbie here...How do you guys design your fonts? Pertaining more to the previous TypeBattles were you are designing whole sets/alphabets...

Do you draw them out and scan them in?
Do you use font designing software? If so, what is the standard or preferred application?

You guys do some great work and i am just curious how you guys do it.

-thanks for any feedback

paul d hunt's picture

FAQs, in particular FAQ_Design

Christian Robertson's picture

Ha! I was trying to remember what the 'pointing hand dingbat' was called. I should have looked at the wiki.

paul d hunt's picture

just added it, christian. oh, and i have a terrible idea for this one... to be continued...

Pieter van Rosmalen's picture

They are not new, I drew them for my Capone typefamily.

Isaac's picture

Not exactly what I wanted it to look like, but it is what it is.

stw's picture

The two hands are really nice Pieter! They also have the nice necessary 20's charm. But if I shoot with my fingers I always keep up the thumb.

hrant's picture

Somebody make a fist out of letters (you know, like Bembo's Zoo).


David Jonathan Ross's picture

I love the shading on Pieter's, and Issac I tried something like that too, and believe me yours is a lot better. I thought it would be funny to do a blackletter dingbat, but funny turned difficult rather quickly, and I had to give up, because, like Sebastian in Type Battle 12 WW3, my girlfriend awaits. The top one is based on Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch (I know I know the contrast is all wrong), and the second one is more of a glyphic thing, based on
protest t-shirt and posters and what not.

Hopefully I can sneak away and work on some more later.

- David

Randy's picture


I was hoping the next battle would be:
Design caps and numbers for the lc you did last week.
Followed by: design diacritics, design an alternate weight etc.

This would be a public service!

PS. Thanks all for your kind comments last week.

Sebastian Nagel's picture

> I was hoping the next battle would be:
> Design caps and numbers for the lc you did last week.
> Followed by: design diacritics, design an alternate weight etc.

This was my hope too. Would help me to get "Typebattle 12 – WW3" on a certain level in short time, while battling.

So now TP12-WW3 has a pointless pointer, that does not yet fit it really. I'll first have to draw this with a real pen, there will be an update...

timd's picture

If pointing was an olympic sport

claes's picture

here's my Saul Bass-inspired pointer hand.. couldn't decide which of these two i liked best, so i'm posting both! (plus the third one i made just for fun.)

Sebastian Nagel's picture

claes, your third one somehow reminds me of this:

claes's picture

haha! that's too funny.

it should remind you of this though:

rubenDmarkes's picture

Well this one seemed easy enough for me... so here's my (first simple, then just lazy, then somewhat concentrated and committed) twenty minutes:

I think that last one could be interesting with some tweaking...


dtw's picture

Seemed difficult for me 'cause I'm useless at drawing (hands). So the first of these at least is a blatant bit of a plagiaris- er, homage to Bob McKimson, for which I apologise...

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

claes's picture


your first one looks to me like an evil villain's "Arrest Them!" pointy hand. (;

dtw's picture

LOL! (It's Bugs Bunny, of course)

This link: http://www.printinghistory.org/images/conference/fist2-3.jpg might be of interest...

Ratbaggy's picture

Awesome work folks. I don't think I'll necessarily take part in this battle, but definitely interested in future.Graphic Design, Melbourne

dave gath's picture

Look! Over There!

This one can easily be converted into other symbols/meanings just by making certain fingers longer or shorter.

...but I won't go there. :-P

crossgrove's picture

This is appropriate for new editions of Dickens.....

stw's picture

I love it, that thing looks so beautiful scary!

dtw's picture

Since they've all looked kinda masculine so far:

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

Sebastian Nagel's picture

Interesting idea, dtw.

By the way: How do the pointers in Mrs. Eaves look like? I don't have the font and can't look at them...
They should be female.

jselig's picture

From what I recall Mrs. Eaves doesn't contain pointers.

kraig's picture

Designs by Pieter van Rosmalen, rubenDmarkes and dtw looks & feels great! Where I can see the winners?
Best regards, Igor
Font River

hrant's picture

Somebody said MANicule? You can't beat this chirofreak:


msjone's picture

great work hrant

hrant's picture

I wish that was my work! I have no such talent.


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