Dot to dot

by EveDolman-Bowles

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My brother creates visual lighting performances. He talks a lot about particles, pointillism and images that are created from light. This led me to start with dots. I started with thick bold letters made up of rows of dots. I wanted to show that the placement of dots was important as it formed the letter. I felt this links to my theme, systematic. From a distance the letterforms however looked uninteresting and basic. I used a previous font as my template. I wanted to push myself and create my own font. It was after this that I saw a singular letterform in the Jigsaw catalogue that inspired me. I changed my idea to single outline of dots to form the letter. Then created another outline around it. Drawing on my original inspirations I can see my typeface being used for signage with lighting, as the dots can be replaced with lights.
Info: Created on 16th October 2015 . Last edited on 27th October 2015.
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Is this your first Fontstruction? Very nice curvy and airy look, it reminded me of something fluffy-snowy.

I think some letters are a bit hard to read as too close. Increase the letter space: while in the fontstructor go into preview mode, you'll find a box 'spacing' where you click on 'global' and slide the button to about number 2 (see if the spaces between letters are ok, then save the fontstruction). You also need a good space between words. Set that in the menu >> view >> letter width and then go to the word "space" between the letters and numerals. Move the thicker green line on the right to about 1/2 the width of your letters and check that the word space is good when you type a sample 2 or 3 words, then save fontstruction.

And finally: continue fontstructing! :)
Comment by Aeolien 16th October 2015
thanks! yes its my first, took your advice and it looks much more readable :)
Comment by EveDolman-Bowles 17th October 2015
Excellent! It's always great to see the annual UWE designs appear here.

You might need to look at the placing of a few glyphs - the D looks to be below the baseline, whilst the S is above it.
Comment by p2pnut 17th October 2015
thanks its quite hard to get them all the same height, but i've tried best as possible to make sure they are all the same sizes
Comment by EveDolman-Bowles 19th October 2015
Spacing looks good now :)

For even height/width: in the fonstructor go to menu>> view>> extra guides. Thin green horizontal and vertical lines appear; move them with the mouse to the height/width you want. For more lines click on the + that becomes visible when hovering over the green lines.
Comment by Aeolien 19th October 2015

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