Rare Font Styles?

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Ryan Maelhorn's picture
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Rare Font Styles?
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What are some of the styles of fonts that you almost never see? By style I mean structure, not weight. For example, I don't believe I have ever seen anything as ornate as Poppl Residenz, but done as a stencil. Or perhaps an inline handwriting font. Something like these may very well exist, But I have never personally seen them. Looking for styles that are very rare or may not even exist at all. Latin only please. Ideas?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Backslant? Used in cartography to denote rivers. That flow backwards.

hhp

Andreas Stötzner's picture
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suggestions:
Didone blackletter uncial
similar to > inline handwriting
Countryside Roman
Monocase inline script uncial backslanted (pending)

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If you’re looking for something to draw: You can get lots of unusual instructions at http://www.typecooker.com/

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That's a cool site, Jens. Not sure if any of their concoctions would be something truly rare however.

Has anybody ever seen one where the glyphs are divided vertically in half, the right side serif, the left side sans, or vice versa?

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Has anybody ever seen one where the glyphs are divided vertically in half, the right side serif, the left side sans, or vice versa?

Perhaps rare is not the right word? Experimental, extreme, odd and ill-conceived might all be more appropriate...

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Has anybody ever seen one where the glyphs are divided vertically in half, the right side serif, the left side sans, or vice versa?

You mean like Dead History?

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There is a Times/Helvetica-mix, I can’t remember the name (Heltimes?), done Frankenstein-style.

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http://www.typecooker.com/

Not sure if any of their concoctions would be something truly rare however.

Indeed. I'm all for exploration, but not randomly, and not on the same old continent.

hhp

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You were born twenty years too late Ryan.
Jan Middendorp’s article on FUSE in the present Eye:
http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/postmodern-jam-session

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The circular alphabets I've seen are always interesting to me but hardly practical.

http://danielarab.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/alphabets-i-see-circles/
http://luc.devroye.org/54943.html
http://moonjung.org/index.php?/alternative/a-minor-arc/

I saw a really elegant one made entirely with 90° arcs a few months ago, but I can't seem to google it up. Inventive, interesting, but again, impractical.

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Wow, Dead History is nice!

You were born twenty years too late Ryan.

Definitely not the first time I've thought that, lol.

There is a Times/Helvetica-mix, I can’t remember the name (Heltimes?), done Frankenstein-style.

Heltime, apparently. It doesn't seem to be around anymore, but I think I dug up some images.

To me it's definitely not as exciting as the concept, but that g is kinda nice.

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How bout your everyday 3-D stackable sans?

http://universrevolved.com/01.Home/home.htm