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
1111726091Måns Grebäck2019-08-22Sweden
223829630Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-08-22Denmark
34631515Johan Waldenström2019-08-22Sweden
43563682Carl Krull2019-08-22Denmark
53248088Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-08-22Norway
62947318Johan Aakerlund2019-08-22Denmark
72765772Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-08-22Denmark
82493554CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-08-22Norway
91989785HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-08-22Sweden
101292424Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-08-22Norway
111123186Christian Munk2019-08-22Denmark
12735187Adam Ericsson2019-08-22Sweden
13723553bogstav2019-08-22Denmark
14718414Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-08-22Sweden
15560123Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-08-22Denmark
16507905Viktor Hammarberg2019-08-22Sweden
17482087Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-08-22Norway
18409878Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-08-22Norway
19390980Thor Christopher Arisland2019-08-22Norway
20356411Staffan Vilcans2019-08-22Sweden
21342911Martin Holm2019-08-22Norway
22319772Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-08-22Denmark
23237275Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-08-22Norway
24210555David Engelby2019-08-22Denmark
25208043Anton - Anton Lundström2019-08-22Sweden
26200435dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-08-22Sweden
27180714211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-08-22Norway
28142448Martin Sørensen2019-08-22Denmark
29116045Andreas Larsen2019-08-22Denmark
30109786Nils Kähler2019-08-22Denmark
3199123Bolahool Graphics2019-08-22Sweden
3294700McKack2019-08-22Norway
3390691Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-08-22Denmark
3489126Anton Bohlin2019-08-22Sweden
3582978Pär Lundkvist2019-08-22Sweden
3676055Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-08-22Norway
3773492Intense2019-08-22Norway
3865077huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-08-22Norway
3960856Kyrre Honohan2019-08-22Norway
4059160Carl Enlund2019-08-22Sweden
4155592Pia Hed Aspell2019-08-22Sweden
4254389Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-08-22Denmark
4352262Linn Mustanoja2019-08-22Sweden
4450916Lars Håhus2019-08-22Sweden
4545107ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-08-22Sweden
4642630Atle Mo2019-08-22Norway
4736892Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-08-22Norway
4834126Arman Ay2019-08-22Sweden
4933989benjamin rauber2019-08-22Sweden
5033544charmingfan2019-08-22Denmark
5128696Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-08-22Sweden
5228204Benjamin Blåholtz2019-08-22Sweden
5327403Mark Lund2019-08-22Norway
5427096Botond Bokor2019-08-22Sweden
5526768Dan Thorup2019-08-22Denmark
5626227Andrew Nordquist2019-08-22Sweden
5725938Lisa2019-08-22Norway
5825024Aske Ching2019-08-22Denmark
5924732Christian Koch2019-08-22Denmark
6021921Andreas2019-08-22Sweden
6121756Erik Holm2019-08-22Norway
6221143Henrik Johansson2019-08-22Sweden
6320935Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-08-22Denmark
6420784David Lindecrantz2019-08-22Sweden
6520050Kristian Dalen2019-08-22Norway
6617369Mandy Pandy2019-08-22Sweden
6713784Alexander Rossebø2019-08-22Norway
6812807Johan Brodd2019-08-22Sweden
6911749Viktor Örneland2019-08-22Sweden
7010011Mathias Alvebring2019-08-22Sweden
719723Boksen2019-08-22Norway
727909vardcentralen2019-08-22Sweden
737727Mathias Rue2019-08-22Denmark
747265Manuela Hardy2019-08-22Norway
757172Gröt Havregrynsson2019-08-22Sweden
766932Caesar2019-08-22Sweden
776900Sara Lindberg2019-08-22Sweden
786486Mattis Folkestad2019-08-22Norway
796149Oliver Waldemar2019-08-22Sweden
805219Simon Jakobsson2019-08-22Sweden
814431KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-08-22Sweden

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”.