It ain’t pretty.
Today I made a font using a neat web tool called FontStruct. Â FontStruct is a flash-based web tool for creating and sharing custom fonts. The twist is that you must assemble the fonts from pre-made shapes (squares, circles, triangles, etc.) laid out on a grid.
Another major drawback of such a simple process is that the kerning looks like crap. Â You can only set the spacing between letters in a very general sense. Â AT and AN get kerned identically, so the A in PATRICK looks like it’s hanging out by itself.
To test it out I made a simple font on a 4×3 grid. With this size it’s hard to make smooth curves or fine elements and the point size on my desktop doesn’t correspond to the font at all. Such a small grid was fast and I was able to crank out a result very quickly.
While I won’t be winning any design award with this one, I had so much fun making the capital letters that I went ahead and finished it out. Â Looking back I need to fix the height of the i, j, k and t. Â Also the Ss’s don’t look right. But who cares, you don’t play Mozart at your first piano lesson, and you don’t learn by not playing.
The best part is that I can download my font and use it on my computer. How cool is that?
Next time I’ll be a bit more ambitious, italic printing maybe?