Fontstats Plugin

Today I finished a little WordPress plugin I’ve been working on.

It’s a two part plugin, one php script collects data from any Norwegian designer on DaFont by visiting each site, and by the power of Regex-Grayskull it inserts it into a database on my website.

The WordPress plugin then selects the last sampled date and displays it in a HTML-table on any post or page where I insert the registered shortcode.

Here’s the result:

No.DownloadsDesignerDate Sampled
13198534Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-04-20
22343261CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-04-20
31238710Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-04-20
4419907Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-04-20
5403510Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-04-20
6312286Martin Holm2018-04-20
7231417Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-04-20
8225698Thor Christopher Arisland2018-04-20
9171394211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-04-20
1093251McKack2018-04-20
1175298Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-04-20
1272263Intense2018-04-20
1361528huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-04-20
1460199Kyrre Honohan2018-04-20
1540143Atle Mo2018-04-20
1635528Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-04-20
1726693Mark Lund2018-04-20
1825692Lisa2018-04-20
1919666Kristian Dalen2018-04-20
2019326Erik Holm2018-04-20
2112676Alexander Rossebø2018-04-20
229275Boksen2018-04-20
236738Manuela Hardy2018-04-20
246199Mattis Folkestad2018-04-20

Even more modular

Yet another font is in the works, right now it feels a bit like I’m working in a “pipeline” fashion making multiple fonts concurrently. My script font is basically finished (with some spacing and kerning issues to be addressed if it isn’t accepted on DaFont) and a link will be posted when it’s available on all the sites.

Kerning

I’ve been working on a script font for some time now, I finally got around to making the majuscules, numbers and punctuation, but I have to redo the kerning table.

THIS is why I prefer designing monospace fonts.

At least I’m gaining some experience in kerning and spacing.

Serifs

I’ve been working on a new font the past few days, it’s going to be yet another geometric font, this time it’ll have tall letters, serifs and a fairly rigid composition.

The majuscules, minuscules and numbers are pretty much done, but I’m having a bit of trouble getting started with the non-alphanumeric characters. As always, the ampersand and the at sign remain to be the most difficult of the special characters, I’m considering borrowing some from my earlier high stress font “High Society”.

Getting started with QuarkXPress

For far too long I’ve been doing layout work in Illustrator and Affinity Designer.

It’s not that it’s bad to do so, vector graphics applications have all the tools to create a single page poster, business card or some other things for print, but lately I’ve found I do work that spans over multiple pages where I need a consistent design – what I need are stylesheets and master pages.

So now that I do most of my design work on my mac and my Adobe CS5 package for Windows is getting a bit dated anyway I thought I’d learn the other “industry standard” application for desktop publishing: QuarkXPress.

Compared to other professional grade software and the fact that they have a few good offers I’m really pleased with getting a full fledged DTP-program. I tried the Open Source Scribus first, but it couldn’t do something so basic as to have master page elements in front of the background.

Now I’m using it to design menu items for websites and will probably use it for my résumé.

 

Logo, Website, WordPress and Menu Items

Designing logos and setting up websites is starting to get a routine.

Today I was asked by my boss to set up the website www.bellonordic.no, he had a few logo design suggestions and a general idea of the website layout.

It seems one of my earlier designs caught on since his new design suggestion hinted toward having three “mountains” in the background, so all I had to do was slightly alter my design, create a few alternative logos and I was done.

 

Then I had to set up the WordPress site. So I picked a theme, dug up some stock photos for menu items and used the art-boards to keep a consistent design.

I really wish Serif would release their upcoming desktop publishing tool “Affinity Publisher”, as much as I like Affinity Designer, I’d prefer to use more proper layout tools when doing layout work.