New font design--thoughts, takers?

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New font design--thoughts, takers?
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Hi all, I just scribbled down a new (to me, at least) typeface design and, well, I'm not a font designer by profession so I'm posting it here if anyone wants to have a go at it. For future reference, I hereby relinquish all rights to it.

It's all angles, so I'm tentatively calling it Angul (feel free to rename). The inspiration was: I've been handwriting a lot of numbers in cramped spaces at work, and my 3 has come to look like a backwards uppercase Sigma, so I went from there and got a whole alphanumeric set.

Cheers,

Yawar

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Looks very handy for those in a hurry and/or unable to write on a flat surface.
There's a site that features similar writing systems. Check this out if you like: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/conscripts.htm

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Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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Here it is! ;-)
http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/fontstructions/show/272037

That's just a quick & dirty job using a rather small grid (5x8 essentially).
That said, (tri)angular scripts are a pretty common constrain feature. Either out of necessity (see runes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runic_alphabet) or design choiche (see Def Leppard: http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/images/stories/concerts/2008%20SWEDENROC...).

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@Strabismus: Interesting link for sure! I knew of a runic numeral system called Birkana and Tolkien's Elvish script, but had no idea there were so many others.

@riccard0: Wow, that was fast! Did you use something like FontForge or a specialised system (or both)? I have some interesting tweaks I'd like to try....

Cheers,

Yawar

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I just stacked bricks using Fontstruct (http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/).
You can "clone" and or download it and tweak it at your own will using Fontstruct or any other tool you like.

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I think most type designers have a sketch like this from their early days sitting around gathering dust in the flat file somewhere.

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I think most type designers have a sketch like this from their early days sitting around gathering dust in the flat file somewhere.

I drew a least a hundred variants of this style during art school crits.

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A greatly inspiring book is 4000 Alphabets & Letter Motifs by Graham Leslie McCallum (ISBN: 9780713490602). It truly opens one's eyes to the many shapes and forms that letters in our alphabet can take. Check it out!

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How did I miss that book? It looks great!