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Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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Hello, I was assigned to digitize a handdrawn grungy 3d-font, and it has been a nightmare ;)
So far, only capitals… and legebility isn’t the best. But as I said, I only digitized and evened this thing out. Comments, suggestions?

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Joined: 8 Apr 2002 - 3:36pm
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If you’re going for the hand-scribbled-on-the-front-of-a-phone-book-with-a-ball-point-pen look, I think you’ve nailed it.

Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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yeah… something like that :)
(I didn’t scribble it in the first place though, so I take no credit for the characthers… I just made them sort of legible. hehe.)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Hey, this is actually pretty cool!
Like on that Rasta background it really works.

hhp

Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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yeah, it takes some manual post processing to make it look cool, I just love that background.
I don’t think it’s that good ín mono-mode though.
I was thinking of extending the “typeface” by giving it variations where the shadows are scribbled in and so on, good idea?

Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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hey, does the “i” after “good” in my previous post look funny? It looks like the dot over the i is slanted… how strange.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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I’d make an animated version, where each letter pulsates or something. TV shows would lap it up.

hhp

Richard Wikstrom's picture
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yeah, that would be funny :)

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I’d suggest sharpening some of the corners, the center of the “W” is really rounded and mushy like dough that has risen. If you sharpened off one or both corners, it may add an element of inconsistency (this is a good thing for this font)

Other letters that may benefit from some randum sharpening are the “M”, the “N” and the “S”

Stuart :D

Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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good point. I’ll do that.

Martin Archer's picture
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How on earth do you make an animated font?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Well, there’s no animated font *format*, but you can use something like Animated-GIF for the web. Or if you want vector stuff, you can use VRML, but the plug-in’s rare.

hhp

Richard Wikstrom's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 2:35am
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VRML? Isn’t that the hyped-in-96-but-dead-now 3d format for the web?
Anyway, I really liked that idea, and I’m working hard on a animated font solution… :) We need that, c ‘mon, how about an animated Gill sans? Where the “o” rolls around… hilarious!

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Was it ever really alive? Who knows.
But I think SVG is going down the same path, so I can’t recommend that. Maybe Flash, if it can be automated. From what I’ve heard about that new MX version, it might do the trick. And then there’s Generator, but…

hhp

Matthew Brown's picture
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Flash can do just about anything you want…you just have to do a bit of hard slog. There was a nice demonstration of animated bubble fonts somewhere on this board…
Matthew

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Director is even more powerful.
But the Shockwave plug-in has only about half the penetration of Flash.  :-(

hhp

Matthew Brown's picture
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You can still do some retty neat things with Flash… originally my pixel font pixelon existed solely within flash — I hard-coded each character and wrote a display algorithm before realizing that I could use a truetype font and it would be much faster. Also, the new drawing api in MX makes 3d rendering much easier, as you can now draw surfaces. As an example, check out http://www.become.co.uk/3d2.swf.
This can have applications in simple 3d text extrusion.
MX rocks! (at least, in terms of what you can do with it, not in terms of the layout which I personally feel stinks)

Matthew