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Spinsels has been fontfed…

SpinselsFontFed

Somebody likes what we do! Yves Peeters from FontShop interviewed yours truly on the Fontfeed. About working with FontStruct and using it in type class.

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See saw seen  Greenleas

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Greenleas2

seen in Spreyton, Devon.

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Beurfin

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Beurfin2

Beurfin3

Hoogstraat/Rue Haute, Brussels.

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kraakhaas is the rebaptized crackhouse

FontStructor Paul Hunt pointed out that House Industries already have a font with the name Crackhouse. So I renamed my struction.
Thanks Paul. Sorry House Industries.
kraakhaassafekraak

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Sublimation wildclover fontstruct

wildclover-g

Currently working on wildclover, a Fontstruction that is trying to explore the boundaries of legibility by playing with inner and outer shapes. Some characters work fine, but the m and n are kids from the neighbours. x, y and z belong to the milk man, while v and w are even from another planet. To be continued…

wildclovertest

wildcloverglyphs

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safehouse/crackhouse glyph overview

safehouseglyphscrackhouseglyphs

For links to and downloads from Fontstruct, see the former post.

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safehouse/crackhouse new fontstructions

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Two new small grid fontstructions I made in FontStruct. Safehouse is a minimal stencil font. Basics only: lowercase, numerals and some punctuation. The new spacing controls in FontStruct were a major help here: working in this small grid means that the vertical ‘stencil gap’ in each letter is as wide as the remaining strokes, so slightly widening the letter spacing makes it all more readable, albeit on the limit. Although the letterforms are almost falling apart, this little extra control made the experiment acceptable to me.
Crackhouse is the dirty version. Fun & streetwise.

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Wizard of Oz power type!

WizzardOfOz

A cheap pocket edition in glossy orange ink on a fake leather embossed paper. To read any word other than ‘Wizard’ or ‘Oz’ one must constantly tilt the book in his hands to minimize the light reflection. — Hey man, what are you wining about? It’s the Wizard! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

L. Frank Baum – The Wizard of Oz
Award Book Inc., New York –  date?
Book format: 105 x 180 mm

The colophon says:
BEST SELLER CLASSIC SERIES
Specially selected immortal literature
handsomely designed with luxurious
leatherette finish covers

Filed under: book design, type & typography

Two sisters? needlework type

To finish the series on needle-crafted type with a sunday feeling, here are two pieces from the Ecole Moyenne de l’Etat in Verviers. Made by two girls with the same aristocratic surname von Hagen. Sisters I presume, but I have no information on the makers and the date. Looking at the detail and degree of sophistication, this can hardly be labeled as folk art. It is hard school work.

Berthe1

Berthe5

Berthe6

Berthe4

Berthe3

Berthe made some beautiful monograms with her initials, but got the Y mirrored. Jenny used a symmetric Y. I am not sure which piece I like most. The last picture shows the most adventurous try: a 9 plus!

Jenny1

Jenny5

Jenny2

Jenny4

Jenny3

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Blink! Primetta

Primetta

In Blink! I show stuff that tickles the corner of my eye.
Shop window in the Vossenstraat / Rue des Renards, Brussels.

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