Type Battle 28 // Defiant alphabet

Ngoc Ngo's picture

// TYPE BATTLE 28

1. Create an alphabet Draw the letters in the word 'defiant' where the stem width is 1/2 the x-height.
2. Then, design the word "defiant". Extra points for creating an fi ligature.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.

// REQUIREMENTS

- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and White only
- Format: JPG or PNG

// ABOUT TYPOPHILE TYPE BATTLES

This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. 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.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle28
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

Randy's picture

Good thing defiant doesnt have an s in it.

Randy's picture

Or perhaps:

Quincunx's picture

Nice battle. If I have time I'll make something. :)

greyjay's picture


Bah... so sad when my fi is an h... too tired to fix it and my kerning though... must... sleep... sloppiness... prevails. [/last gasp]

Mitternacht's picture

Love Jos Buivenga's first submission (the plump and yummy one)! Will we see more of this alphabet when the fury of the battle has ceased?

Joe Pemberton's picture

Randy, Great entry. (Perhaps not the second image. LOL.)

Alex, liking this one a lot.

Jos, great as usual.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Ooh, Randy, I didn't see your new one. That's great.

jupiterboy's picture

Randy with the mad skilzes…

Bendy's picture

Here's one I'm working on...

Will try some more later in the week ;)

Simon Robertson's picture

Jos, that first one is great!

beejay's picture

love the handdrawn one Randy! and nice work all around.

working on one

beejay's picture

based on Caramel, a typeface in progress...might look like Randy's a bit, or perhaps reminiscent of the Esquire logo or maybe even Ricola. :)

WType's picture

Wow! I think you guys should develop the entire set of these and release them even though you might not win the competition. They are really great!

Jos, I kind of like your second one too. The "fi" blend in really well...

BeauW's picture

Time to jump in...
and the 'fi' has to be a ligature or else the
i would be negative and the whole conceit falls apart...

BeauW's picture

or low x-height...

eliason's picture

I am


about spending the time it would require to make this better.

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks all! My favorite still is the first entry from Randy. Not the skinny one ;-)

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Love Jos Buivenga’s first submission (the plump and yummy one)! Will we see more of this alphabet when the fury of the battle has ceased?

It is based on this, but I'm not sure if I will finish it.

beejay's picture

another

rubenDmarkes's picture

*smack talk mode ON*

I'll be back. Some guys found it was okay to copy me before I even submitted my entry. I'll have to come up with something more “original”.

*smack talk mode OFF*

xD

genericboy's picture

Wow - these are all amazing! I started writing a list of my favourites, but it turned out it was practically all of them... So I'll just humbly say well done instead!

(If I did have to pick a favourite, it'd probably be Beejay's latest one, for what it's worth...)

[semibad]

PDXIII's picture

presenting the "gebrochene stiefelknecht". i know the stem width is not 1/2 the x-height but anyway. hope you enjoy.

Jasonrobb's picture

Go easy on me...

Jasonrobb's picture

Really like the hand drawn one, Randy. That's sweet.

Enjoying yours eliason!

rubenDmarkes - those are both great.

Quincunx's picture

This is the Black/Ultra weight from a typeface I've been working on. Not exactly 1/2 of x-hight, but still quite heavy. :P

nina's picture

Still a bit wonky … but this was a lot of fun. I like fat faces.

nina's picture

Wow, a lot to learn – there are some awesome submissions here! I'm a big fan of Randy's first posting and I think all of those from Jos.

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

typerror's picture

Damn, ChrisL... only 249 characters to go. No time to waste. Go go go!

And do not be defiant! I expect the final designs on my desk by Tuesday of next week.

Michael

Bendy's picture

Ok so my e doesn't fit with the others...

William Berkson's picture

Chris, STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER.

Don't listen to Michael. Finish those other fabulous fonts first! We want Froggy, Now, Boulder, etc.

Your latest are just horrible! Don't look at them :)

dezcom's picture

LOL!!! Thanks Michael and Bill!

Now I have more "in the works" than I can remember. I am trying to get one out the door but keep stopping myself!

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

So, Randy, is that 2nd one tattooed on your chin? :-)

Nice lettering at any rate.

ChrisL

rubenDmarkes's picture

A bit odd, but now it's done and I'm not going to waste it!

nina's picture

Made some small caps. With an i-dot that defies all the rules.

William Berkson's picture

Nice, Altaira!

internal brackets in the E A could be lightened a little at the bottom ...

Randy's picture

Chris, because there is stubble that has to be my chin? Ewwwww.

Ngoc Ngo's picture

these are all looking great!

beejay: i'm drooling over the caramel-ly one

rubenDmarkes & altaira: nice to see some caps in here

dezcom's picture

"there is stubble that has to be my chin?"

I assumed it wasn't a bikini wax at least :-)

ChrisL

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