Blackletter – Textura

This week I’ve been working on my first font based on historical sources.

It’s a textura style blackletter typeface which I’ve traced from mid 19th century sheet music covers and altered for a more modular and cleaner design.

It’s been really time-consuming both tracing and reworking the majuscules, and to be honest it’s even more difficult than working on my own personal ideas to some extent.

Fonts for the new year

The past few days I’ve been thinking about what to do to reach 500 000 downloads sometime during the early new year. As I’ve mentioned I’ve been working on creating musical drafts and releasing them on Soundcloud and Opengameart.

Today I started browsing through my old “fonts in progress” directory to find a few I haven’t released yet. Here’s a sneak peek at what might just find its way to DaFont during the next few weeks.

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
1113742462Måns Grebäck2019-12-10Sweden
224232419Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-12-10Denmark
34695153Johan Waldenström2019-12-10Sweden
43666428Carl Krull2019-12-10Denmark
53256156Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-12-10Norway
63080551Johan Aakerlund2019-12-10Denmark
72786950Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-12-10Denmark
82527566CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-12-10Norway
92097671HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-12-10Sweden
101305016Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-12-10Norway
111143533Christian Munk2019-12-10Denmark
12780667Adam Ericsson2019-12-10Sweden
13764368bogstav2019-12-10Denmark
14720169Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-12-10Sweden
15563128Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-12-10Denmark
16515839Viktor Hammarberg2019-12-10Sweden
17496206Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-12-10Norway
18411053Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-12-10Norway
19404516Thor Christopher Arisland2019-12-10Norway
20358640Staffan Vilcans2019-12-10Sweden
21349295Martin Holm2019-12-10Norway
22321174Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-12-10Denmark
23292210Lene Arensdorff2019-12-10Denmark
24238474Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-12-10Norway
25212223David Engelby2019-12-10Denmark
26208971Anton - Anton Lundström2019-12-10Sweden
27201173dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-12-10Sweden
28182454211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-12-10Norway
29145271Martin Sørensen2019-12-10Denmark
30125277Andreas Larsen2019-12-10Denmark
31116689Nils Kähler2019-12-10Denmark
32100703Bolahool Graphics2019-12-10Sweden
3394980McKack2019-12-10Norway
3491304Anton Bohlin2019-12-10Sweden
3591020Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-12-10Denmark
3683131Pär Lundkvist2019-12-10Sweden
3776198Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-12-10Norway
3873933Carl Enlund2019-12-10Sweden
3973765Intense2019-12-10Norway
4065736huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-12-10Norway
4161029Kyrre Honohan2019-12-10Norway
4255782Pia Hed Aspell2019-12-10Sweden
4354745Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-12-10Denmark
4452475Linn Mustanoja2019-12-10Sweden
4551514Lars Håhus2019-12-10Sweden
4645491ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-12-10Sweden
4743087Atle Mo2019-12-10Norway
4837149Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-12-10Norway
4934909Arman Ay2019-12-10Sweden
5034492benjamin rauber2019-12-10Sweden
5134176Benjamin Blåholtz2019-12-10Sweden
5233625charmingfan2019-12-10Denmark
5330503Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-12-10Sweden
5428266Christian Koch2019-12-10Denmark
5527525Mark Lund2019-12-10Norway
5627425Botond Bokor2019-12-10Sweden
5727052Dan Thorup2019-12-10Denmark
5826346Andrew Nordquist2019-12-10Sweden
5925984Lisa2019-12-10Norway
6025162Aske Ching2019-12-10Denmark
6122265Erik Holm2019-12-10Norway
6221998Andreas2019-12-10Sweden
6321380Henrik Johansson2019-12-10Sweden
6421025Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-12-10Denmark
6520942David Lindecrantz2019-12-10Sweden
6620111Kristian Dalen2019-12-10Norway
6717460Mandy Pandy2019-12-10Sweden
6814305Alexander Rossebø2019-12-10Norway
6912894Johan Brodd2019-12-10Sweden
7011906Viktor Örneland2019-12-10Sweden
7110143Mathias Alvebring2019-12-10Sweden
729813Boksen2019-12-10Norway
737982vardcentralen2019-12-10Sweden
747773Mathias Rue2019-12-10Denmark
757375Gröt Havregrynsson2019-12-10Sweden
767361Manuela Hardy2019-12-10Norway
777025Caesar2019-12-10Sweden
786990Sara Lindberg2019-12-10Sweden
796556Mattis Folkestad2019-12-10Norway
806350Oliver Waldemar2019-12-10Sweden
815312Simon Jakobsson2019-12-10Sweden
824480KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-12-10Sweden
831167Simon2019-12-10Sweden

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”.