Antherton Cloister

cuttlefish's picture

It's hard to classify this font that I made. I felt I was inspired by blackletter and uncial forms, but clearly this is not either, and it's far too hard to read to think of it as display type. Anyway, I'd just like to get your impressions on the thing.


You can download the font at 1001fonts.com and make something with it if you like. I don't know what to do with it.

hrant's picture

This is very nice. I would:
1) Probably lose the slant.
2) Fix the overly-regular glyphs like the "M" (presuming there are others).
3) Mind the too-short extenders (like the "d").
4) Don't re-use parts, like you've done with "a"/"d".
5) Some other stuff.

hhp

cerulean's picture

Wonderfully original.
The "k" is rather ambiguous; it could read equally well as a "t".
The "t" itself may be a bit too obscure, too, especially since it is taller than the other ascenders, instead of shorter as is usually the case, so I keep wanting to read it as an "l".

cuttlefish's picture

Character chart from 1001fonts.com:


I'm not sure how one could mistake the "k" for a "t". It isn't distinct, I'll grant you that.

I suppose this whole thing is due for a revision. I made it years ago and I only had a vague concept of what I was doing. I'm learning a lot more here than I did in my past years of fumbling blindly through Fontographer.

hrant's picture

Jason, I'm using this for the invitations for my son's upcoming 7th
birthday party, which has a jungle/animal theme. It's looking super.

hhp

cuttlefish's picture

Thanks! I'm glad you found a good use for it.

I'd like to see the invitation, if you wouldn't mind sharing. The last time someone showed me what they used this font for it was for a church newsletter, and you know how those can go.

hrant's picture

It's actually nothing memorable... except for the font!

hhp

Palimpsest's picture

I adore this font and have used it for my etsy banner; "Mossmottle". The only thing is the lower case "t" is rather cluttered looking on my banner, also Etsy blurs things a little too which is a bit frustrating, and I've deliberately made the word somewhat difficult to decipher by filling it with moss! :-) All in all though this is one of the best elaborate fonts I've ever seen. Thankyou so much for creating it!

hrant's picture

How timely!
I used it as one of my slides in my ATypI talk on Wednesday. I was trying to show that organicity does not depend on chirography. The parts where the strokes bifurcate (and trifurcate!) are especially relevant towards that end. Oh, and I set it green. :-)

So again, Jason: thank you. Just one thing: some terminals are uncharacteristically stubby. I suggest cleaning up this baby a little bit and actually selling it. The original version could even remain as a free font alongside (which would additionally make it a nice illustration of how pay fonts are generally better).

hhp

Gary Lonergan's picture

I see little figures on the terminals waving their arms
very original

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