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 SampledCountry
1103892827Måns Grebäck2018-06-20Sweden
222314418Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2018-06-20Denmark
34459626Johan Waldenström2018-06-20Sweden
43374749Mr.fisk Fonts - Mike Larsson2018-06-20Sweden
53207765Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-06-20Norway
63177631Carl Krull2018-06-20Denmark
72686023Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2018-06-20Denmark
82497831Johan Aakerlund2018-06-20Denmark
92364271CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-06-20Norway
101538700HENRIavecunK2018-06-20Sweden
111245929Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-06-20Norway
121033442Christian Munk2018-06-20Denmark
13710330Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2018-06-20Sweden
14547420Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2018-06-20Denmark
15521459Adam Ericsson2018-06-20Sweden
16490328bogstav2018-06-20Denmark
17472594Viktor Hammarberg2018-06-20Sweden
18427638Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-06-20Norway
19404483Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-06-20Norway
20348068Staffan Vilcans2018-06-20Sweden
21316580Martin Holm2018-06-20Norway
22312435Jonas Borneland Hansen2018-06-20Denmark
23301200Thor Christopher Arisland2018-06-20Norway
24232271Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-06-20Norway
25204023Anton - Anton Lundström2018-06-20Sweden
26203324David Engelby2018-06-20Denmark
27196948dawnland - Daniel Viberg2018-06-20Sweden
28173191211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-06-20Norway
29131218Martin Sørensen2018-06-20Denmark
3093446McKack2018-06-20Norway
3189285Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2018-06-20Denmark
3288643Andreas Larsen2018-06-20Denmark
3387377Nils Kähler2018-06-20Denmark
3482373Pär Lundkvist2018-06-20Sweden
3580095Anton Bohlin2018-06-20Sweden
3675391Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-06-20Norway
3772448Intense2018-06-20Norway
3862211huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-06-20Norway
3960289Kyrre Honohan2018-06-20Norway
4054631Pia Hed Aspell2018-06-20Sweden
4152733Nadia Rosenfeldt2018-06-20Denmark
4251084Linn Mustanoja2018-06-20Sweden
4348458Lars Håhus2018-06-20Sweden
4443374ronjam - Ronja Melcker2018-06-20Sweden
4540511Atle Mo2018-06-20Norway
4635728Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-06-20Norway
4733175charmingfan2018-06-20Denmark
4831792benjamin rauber2018-06-20Sweden
4930214Arman Ay2018-06-20Sweden
5026798Mark Lund2018-06-20Norway
5125735Lisa2018-06-20Norway
5225732Andrew Nordquist2018-06-20Sweden
5325604Botond Bokor2018-06-20Sweden
5425538Dan Thorup2018-06-20Denmark
5524350Aske Ching2018-06-20Denmark
5621522Andreas2018-06-20Sweden
5720533Bull - Sandra Madsen2018-06-20Denmark
5820114David Lindecrantz2018-06-20Sweden
5920091Henrik Johansson2018-06-20Sweden
6019733Kristian Dalen2018-06-20Norway
6119730Erik Holm2018-06-20Norway
6219452Carl Enlund2018-06-20Sweden
6316900Mandy Pandy2018-06-20Sweden
6414417Christian Koch2018-06-20Denmark
6512824Alexander Rossebø2018-06-20Norway
6612474Johan Brodd2018-06-20Sweden
6711047Viktor Örneland2018-06-20Sweden
689422Mathias Alvebring2018-06-20Sweden
699346Boksen2018-06-20Norway
707635vardcentralen2018-06-20Sweden
717486Mathias Rue2018-06-20Denmark
726803Manuela Hardy2018-06-20Norway
736531Caesar2018-06-20Sweden
746443Sara Lindberg2018-06-20Sweden
756359Gröt Havregrynsson2018-06-20Sweden
766245Mattis Folkestad2018-06-20Norway
776152Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2018-06-20Sweden
785361Oliver Waldemar2018-06-20Sweden
794855Simon Jakobsson2018-06-20Sweden
804163KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2018-06-20Sweden

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.