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Designed for those members who want inspiration, it could guide them when they need ideas on which to base a font. 

Use this like a font: close your eyes and type a 'word' with at least 7 letters; unless you can touch-type this word won't make much sense; you could instead write your own full name or your favourite film title etcetc. You don't need a real word, just hit different keys and then look at the line of glyphs ;)

Just one thing to remember: half of your word must be in upper case letters, the other half in lower case .

Then look at the [second or] fourth and the [penultimate or] third before last letter of your 'word'.

The UC will give you an 'image'. Your font will transmit the meaning illustrated by this letter (in the widest sense).

The LC gives the type of look your font should have. You now have 2 guides/ideas/starting points which influence the kind of font you make. 

Remember that the UC should make you look at concepts, invisible messages and your own experience or lack of 'ken', as well as the visible things in the images I drew.

To express that differently:

Your font design is guided by a main theme (based on the UC) and a way to present it/a style of expression (based on the LC).The font will be influenced a little or a lot by each UC 'image';  you adjust the look of your font according to the "feeling"/a memory/a dream or wish/an experience/lack of familiarity that you have about what  my amateurish illustration represents.

The presentation of the font, the style, how the eye slides across  to absorb information or spends time to investigate the beauty or quality of every glyph, is determined by the LC.                               All you have to do is combine these two aspects from UC and LC.

In my 'comment' below I give you a few ideas of what could be linked to each of the  UC letters; it's up to your areas of study, experience, interest, and the time you want to use for designing and building your fonts,  which -if any- of the proposed words and concepts I mention will be the one(s) you want to combine with the type of presentation you found in the LC letter.  

Your font should "illustrate", convey your feeling about the images you 'wrote' and the one you chose, if you don't want to make a font that shows the object itself or is directly based on it. Choose a good name for your font, it is probably a good idea to have a name that isn't the keyword I gave in the UC list -- I can imagine that those key words have long been taken by font designers for their fonts.

Note: the "INSPIRED FONT" is still in development; when I have more illustrations for objects, situations, feelings etc or styles of presentation (I am open to suggestions!) I will try to find a suitable design to add to the glyphs as there are still a few empty slots in the Basic Latin set ;)

Info: Created on 5th August 2016 . Last edited on Today, 1:42 PM.
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@Aeolien - Very nice!  You are quite the pixel artist.  I look foward to more additions.  :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 9th August 2016

@ Goatmeal: thank you :) I'm glad you like it, but really I am not a pixel artist:) We have specialists for that here. I gave a 'simple rough' look to the illustrations, abstract on purpose  to take the eye to the essentials in each design; I didn't worry about different heights, widths and the many gaps and steps of each design I added to a glyph. I hope this inconsistency will shake people a little to make them think more about what they see. Maybe that will make it easier for them to develop ideas, specially when they read the information for each glyph in my first comment about the 'font'. 

Comment by Aeolien 9th August 2016
Comment by Aeolien 25th August 2016

This is a good idea, I will use it when I need inspiration.

Comment by La police de caractère 31st August 2016

I still don't get it: when I type something like "DPLA hungry", I never get rewarded!!! (there's no piece of cake, nougat, saucisson…)

Interesting 'think-it-yourself' metaconcept and realization, Doctor Fraeudolien! ;-)

Comment by dpla 21st March 2018

@dpla: the reward is purely metaphysical ;) >> just think of all the calories, lipids, sugars, salt, additives, colourants and nasty bits of concrete, plastics or metal you can avoid

Comment by Aeolien 21st March 2018

My belly cannot understand Hawking's laws in front of an industrial pizza ;-))

Comment by dpla 21st March 2018

The LC determines the presentation of glyphs and visual quality: width or/and height, direction, applied or type-related decorations, historic lettering style, the overall shape/edges of glyphs.  

Comment by Aeolien Thu, 8th August

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