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FontStruction worker

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I’ve been playing around with designing type in FontStruct, a free site that’s pretty easy to use. The designer adds various “bricks” to build an alphabet on digital graph paper. I recently finished a decorative font called Ribbons. It’s good for certain display type but would make awful body copy.

I doubled the number of bricks per character for the font I’m working on now. This allows a lot more control. It also takes a lot longer per letter. Beware, it’s easy to spend hours and hours on this site.

There’s no law that says you have to create a complete alphabet. FontStruct could be useful for making one-of-a-kind characters for logo designs.

Below is a type specimen poster for Ribbons by Caitlin Reynolds.



Why the name?

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I’m a little obsessed with the seemingly obsolete: drive-in movies, encyclopedias, record covers, and pre-digital graphics supplies. One such item is Rubylith masking film. Though still being used for projects like silk screening, it’s no longer  indispensable to graphic designers.

Rubylith is made up of  two layers. The bottom one is clear plastic and a red, translucent layer is on top. This was overlaid on a page and paste-up artists sliced the red away from the area to be masked, leaving a “ruby window.” Once commonplace, this term is so rare and lyrical that it needed to become the title of something.

I’m not the only one who likes this stuff. Shepard Fairey and some others have created art with Rubylith that’s worth a look.