Fractal Font (fragment)

by Frodo7

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This is preview of my fractal font (the name is temporary). I've used one of my recent work (Magor) as a template, and filled with a simple fractal pattern I've specially designed for this purpose. It took a lot of experimentation to finalise the right formula you can see now. Unfortunately the fontstruction is so large, it takes eons to make a single glyph. Download, however should work without a hitch.
Info: Created on 2nd January 2010 . Last edited on 3rd January 2010.
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This is the period.
Comment by Frodo7 2nd January 2010
that has got to be the coolest thing i have ever seen. i would have never of dreamed of a font with such detail. 10/10
Comment by uberstriken-0 2nd January 2010
It is an experimental type. Like many experiments this one ended in failure: it can not be completed. It's too big now, and it won't open again. Yet, it was a great fun to build it little by little. Copy and paste have very limited use with such large scale fontstructions. If you copy a piece too large, the paste action will be incomplete, and you have hard time to remove the debris. The only way to go is by small bits. Still it takes ages to complete anything. Fontstructor works in slow-mo.

I was always fascinated by fractal patterns, and thought it was a good idea to use them in type design. This is a proof of concept. To make it work I had to reduce the complexity as much as possible.
1. I've made a minimal design template font (Magor) with no diagonal elements. It is still legible.
2. I've designed a fractal pattern that looks intriguing, but simple enough to be used as a building block. Fractal gives "modular design" another dimension.

I know the whole project is a bit eccentric, but hell, we are here to try something new, unorthodox, and push the envelope even further.
Comment by Frodo7 3rd January 2010
dear frodo, congratulations on your noble endeavor. where would much innovation be without such experiments throughout all of life, not just typography. you are to be commended and encouraged to continue cultivating your garden. there is something here. perhaps it will show itself to you sooner or later, or perhaps to inspire someone else. once again, thank you for displaying your indomitable spirit and sharing it with us.
Comment by funk_king 3rd January 2010
What an awesome labor of love.
Comment by thalamic 3rd January 2010
Thank you very much for your nice comments and generous ratings.

I had an idea about this fractal pattern. It may represent a couple (bride and groom) and all their ascendants. Everybody happen to have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, so on and so forth. As we go back to past generations, the number of ancestors grow by the power of two. At the 8th generation (this is the limit of my fractal picture's resolution) one has got as many as 256 progenitors.

It is tempting to contemplate that the number of our forebearers grow exponentially if we go back in time, yet the world's population showed a steady (also) exponential growth throughout history from past to present. Have you ever thought about how was it possible?

Just a thought I wanted to share on this freezing Sunday afternoon.
Comment by Frodo7 3rd January 2010
Don't know about freezing; it is mild 22 degrees in Karachi at 10pm on this Sunday.

Your fractal scheme reminds me of the Fibonacci sequence (which he came up with studying a controlled reproductive rate of a pair of rabbits). The result is different though with 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21... Your fractal scheme is following a binary growth. 2^n.

I didn't notice it before, but seeing this fontstruction's period in this new light, I see how you had to do a nice corner trick which has its ramification up to the center. Another example of limitations leading to creativity. I like it.
Comment by thalamic 3rd January 2010
@thalamic: Lucky you. It is -5°C and windy here in Budapest at 10:00 PM. I'm sorry about my latent Northern Temperate chauvinism. We think it is self evident there is winter in January, but it is not. People in Australia might think otherwise.

The Fibonacci numbers are related to the golden ratio (Phi). They might yield a different, possibly spriral pattern. It could be a solid basis for another experiment.

Your observations are correct: the corners were the tricky part, especially the inner ones. The other problem to crack was the thin gaps, how to accomodate them in a seamless pattern. Believe it or not, I started to work on this shortly after the abrupt end of my Gestalt (fragment) project.
Comment by Frodo7 3rd January 2010
Wow. If you consider this a failure. I hope you fail more often. ;-)
Comment by afrojet 5th January 2010
Wow! Op Art at its finest!
Comment by cayo 5th January 2010
Such a grand gesture. Always a bold and daring achievement with you. Very inspiring, Frodo. The concept is great. If the grid size is too large, try replicating non-rectangular fractalized shapes in a more manageable grid space. Maybe like this:
Comment by geneus1 7th January 2010
my mind is blown. This is probably the font with the largest grid size I've ever seen. Simply Amazing, not to mention the fractal pattern makes my eyes dance
Comment by ssaamm 29th January 2010
Comment by medimagery 14th January 2011
with the latest technology, would it be possible to composite together a smaller grid-sized font?
Comment by ssaamm 14th January 2011

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