RM Mondrianish

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Very loosely based on the work of Piet Mondrian. The alternative S (igorrossi's) is on the l/c s
Info: Created on 30th August 2009 . Last edited on 3rd September 2009.
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An idea I had while working on a fuller set of this open font. Haven't completed this set, but would if anyone felt it was worthwhile.
Comment by p2pnut 1st September 2009
Yeah! Very eye-catching. It would look even cooler with colours.
Comment by Magic Sam 2nd September 2009
I think I'm in love.
Comment by igorrossi 2nd September 2009
speechless :O
Comment by funk_king 2nd September 2009
Excellent.

I tried the font in Microsoft Paint and coloured some of the blocks, taking note of the work of Mondrian for the colours and of the relative luminance of the areas in the font for which areas to colour and in which colour.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Mondrian

Also, I cloned a copy of the font and used the editor, not to alter it but to study how you represented the colours.

Yes please, it would be worthwhile to add more characters to the font.

May I suggest that an E acute character. namely É, would be useful as one could then set the word CAFÉ using the font.
Comment by mathematician 2nd September 2009
Comment by mathematician 2nd September 2009
It's an interesting concept. To fully appreciate this work, I would like to see large samples on Flickr. The S is too similar to C,G,O and Q, and the pattern makes it very difficult to distinguish them. I'm glad to see your rating has risen to a more appropriate level. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 2nd September 2009
Thanks all - looks like it might be worth adding to this set :)

@Magic Sam & mathematician: here is what I think it should be in colour ...

Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
lightest shading = yellow
middle shading = red
darker shading = blue
black = black
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
@Frodo7: Interesting that you picked up on the S ... I had just been altering it in the set that this is based on. I'll have to change the S here now :)
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
New S substituted.
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
Regarding the S, the advance width is now too great; there is a large white area to the right of the glyph design.

I now have the updated version of the font as well as the older version. FontStruct does not count downloads of an updated font by someone who has already downloaded an earlier version in the Stats: display on this page.

If you are feeling like experimenting, you could try making a matched set of four fonts that could be used in layers in a desktop publishing program with the effect of producing a display looking like a coloured font had been used.

One would start by cloning the font four times, naming them Mondrian Yellow, Mondrian Red, Mondrian Blue and Mondrian Black. The colours in the names are just for the use of humans as an indication, the fonts would not "know" that they are to be used in colours.

As a start of the experiment, just one letter, say M, could be altered in each of the four experimental fonts.

In each of them, the black grid lines would not be altered at all.

For the Mondrian Yellow font, the bricks for red, blue and black fills would all be deleted and the bricks for the yellow fill would be changed to solid bricks.

For the Mondrian Red font, the bricks for yellow, blue and black fills would all be deleted and the bricks for the red fill would be changed to solid bricks.

For the Mondrian Blue font, the bricks for yellow, red and black fills would all be deleted and the bricks for the blue fill would be changed to solid bricks.

For the Mondrian Black font, the bricks for yellow, red and blue fills would all be deleted and the bricks for the black fill would be unchanged as it is already solid bricks.

In use, the desktop publishing program would use four layers of the same text, in the various fonts and various colours respectively. The order is not critical, except that Mondrian Black would need to be on top so that the grid lines showed in black in the final result. However, I would tend to go from light to dark in the order yellow, red, blue, black.

The following might be of interest.

http://www.p22.com/lanston/jacobeaninitials.html



Comment by mathematician 2nd September 2009
Comment by gferreira_admin 2nd September 2009
LOL ... I might well give that a go ... sometime.

I still need to finish the original, that this was taken from, and add the extra glyphs to Mondrianish first ... a pnut's work is never done :-)
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
I'm not sure if this is my computer, but why is the 7, 8, 9, and middle ring of the 6 darker than everything else? Other than that, this is one of the best fonts I've seen on Fontstruct.
Comment by Josh Hejka (jhejka) 2nd September 2009
@jhejka: Thank you for your generous comments.

Sorry about the numbers ... I am in the middle of updating this font :)
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
I think I'm in love with the 9. But I liked the old S better; much better. So I would rather suggest to modify the C and the G, increasing the blank on the right.
Comment by igorrossi 2nd September 2009
Have added numbers; some punctuation; an accented E for mathematician and an alternative S for igorossi.

Any requests for further glyphs will be duly considered :)
Comment by p2pnut 2nd September 2009
Thank you for adding the É.
Comment by mathematician 3rd September 2009
Has anyone been able to download the version with the ten digits all with the Mondrian style patterning and with the alternate S?

I cannot get further than a version of 4:30 pm yesterday that has the capital E acute and digits 0 through to 3 with the Mondrian style patterning and the other digits just in outline and no alternate S.

I notice that the version that I do have is just about one megabyte and I am wondering if the zipping process is refusing to zip a version that is more than one megabyte in size, so that only the latest zipped version is available for download?

Any ideas please?

Comment by mathematician 3rd September 2009
This work is evolving from good to great! I expected the S to be the same width as the Z, but this wider one is perhaps a better match with the set. After having a second look to Mondrian's works I think you can use a bit more solid black in the pattern. Observe Composition A. I have no more stars left to give.
Comment by Frodo7 3rd September 2009
@mathematician: Sorry that you had problems downloading. I thought I had left a message in the description saying that the font was being updated ... I must have forgotten to hit 'Save Changes' :-(

I had been modifying the set 'on the fly' ... perhaps, in future, it would be better to 'unshare' whilst updating a font and then make it available again when it is finished.

Hopefully it is fully downloadable now.
Comment by p2pnut 3rd September 2009
@Frodo7: I agree, there could be more black (and other colours) ... but I held back on the filled squares as it looked too 'fussy' when I first tried this design. Hence it is only Mondrianish :)
Comment by p2pnut 3rd September 2009
Fair enough.
Comment by Frodo7 3rd September 2009
@p2pnut: I have just downloaded the latest version of the font and tried it, it is working fine. Thank you.

My concern about a possible one-megabyte limit appears to have been unfounded, the present ttf file is indicated as being 1,316 kilobytes by Windows Explorer, which is well over one megabyte.

Some readers might like to know that the Alt code for E acute is 144, so the E acute can be accessed in Microsoft WordPad and Microsoft Paint.

Comment by mathematician 3rd September 2009
p2p, have you tried increased spacing between letters to see how it would look? it might help readability by giving a little more spacing between the incredible patterns in the glyphs :)
Comment by funk_king 3rd September 2009
@funk king: I have opened it out a wee bit more ... what do you think?
Comment by p2pnut 3rd September 2009
looks real good. i think it improves legibility. really nice :)
Comment by funk_king 3rd September 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Mondrianish” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 2nd October 2009
Thank you GF ... bit of a sleeper, this one :)
Comment by p2pnut 3rd October 2009
Comment by General_Jackson 17th February 2010
Ha! A GIF works!
Comment by General_Jackson 17th February 2010
@General_Jackson: Quite a new take on this one ... makes it look quite structural/skeletal.

Well done for persevering with the image formats ... good old GIF.
Comment by p2pnut 17th February 2010

Consider me late to the party....but this is a fascinating interpretation of a favorite artist of mine. Your ingenuity is remarkable & I am both thankful & stunned I have never seen (or thought of) this much sooner!

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