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Wendell's picture
Joined: 1 Apr 2007 - 12:28pm
Experiment in terminal fonts

I'm interested in the problem of adapting non-Western scripts to the constraints of a monospaced terminal font. This generally means fitting each character to something like a 8x16 or 16x16 grid.

The limited flexibility of a small grid and the requirement of even character width can really pose a challenge. To get a feeling for how to manage different types of scripts, I have been working on a series of specimen fonts in which the Latin alphabet is cast in an exotic style.

I felt that the most elemental design would consist of just strait lines, so I chose runes as the model for the first font. Rather than modifying Latin letters to look runish, most of the characters are authentic runes that have been turned or squeezed a bit to look like Latin letters.

How would you evaluate the result as a text face? I know it's awful, but exactly why is it? When faced with a script of this sort, what can be done to make it more readable?

One thing I already learned is the need to have the horizonal extremes occur mostly at the same height, otherwise the letter-spacing is terrible.

Scott the Inventor's picture
Joined: 16 Jul 2011 - 7:45pm

How is it awful? It looks pretty good to me.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

In the early 80s my brother and I made Armenian and Arabic
on an 8×8 grid (which was actually 7×7 when you took out
letterspacing and leading).