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
1110703011Måns Grebäck2019-06-18Sweden
223603480Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-06-18Denmark
34601855Johan Waldenström2019-06-18Sweden
43508400Carl Krull2019-06-18Denmark
53243218Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-06-18Norway
62876572Johan Aakerlund2019-06-18Denmark
72755319Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-06-18Denmark
82475412CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-06-18Norway
91931436HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-06-18Sweden
101286072Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-06-18Norway
111111986Christian Munk2019-06-18Denmark
12717268Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-06-18Sweden
13707835Adam Ericsson2019-06-18Sweden
14698111bogstav2019-06-18Denmark
15558187Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-06-18Denmark
16503617Viktor Hammarberg2019-06-18Sweden
17473795Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-06-18Norway
18409078Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-06-18Norway
19382978Thor Christopher Arisland2019-06-18Norway
20355251Staffan Vilcans2019-06-18Sweden
21339516Martin Holm2019-06-18Norway
22318811Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-06-18Denmark
23236570Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-06-18Norway
24209553David Engelby2019-06-18Denmark
25207576Anton - Anton Lundström2019-06-18Sweden
26199974dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-06-18Sweden
27179695211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-06-18Norway
28140753Martin Sørensen2019-06-18Denmark
29111103Andreas Larsen2019-06-18Denmark
30106803Nils Kähler2019-06-18Denmark
3198291Bolahool Graphics2019-06-18Sweden
3294530McKack2019-06-18Norway
3390460Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-06-18Denmark
3487822Anton Bohlin2019-06-18Sweden
3582908Pär Lundkvist2019-06-18Sweden
3675960Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-06-18Norway
3773341Intense2019-06-18Norway
3864649huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-06-18Norway
3960792Kyrre Honohan2019-06-18Norway
4055449Pia Hed Aspell2019-06-18Sweden
4154155Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-06-18Denmark
4252134Linn Mustanoja2019-06-18Sweden
4350567Lars Håhus2019-06-18Sweden
4444871ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-06-18Sweden
4542343Atle Mo2019-06-18Norway
4636746Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-06-18Norway
4733693benjamin rauber2019-06-18Sweden
4833675Arman Ay2019-06-18Sweden
4933490charmingfan2019-06-18Denmark
5027454Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-06-18Sweden
5127329Mark Lund2019-06-18Norway
5226870Botond Bokor2019-06-18Sweden
5326599Dan Thorup2019-06-18Denmark
5426573Carl Enlund2019-06-18Sweden
5526168Andrew Nordquist2019-06-18Sweden
5625908Lisa2019-06-18Norway
5724942Aske Ching2019-06-18Denmark
5821869Andreas2019-06-18Sweden
5921458Erik Holm2019-06-18Norway
6021199Benjamin Blåholtz2019-06-18Sweden
6120998Henrik Johansson2019-06-18Sweden
6220878Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-06-18Denmark
6320676David Lindecrantz2019-06-18Sweden
6419998Kristian Dalen2019-06-18Norway
6517302Mandy Pandy2019-06-18Sweden
6615135Christian Koch2019-06-18Denmark
6713602Alexander Rossebø2019-06-18Norway
6812752Johan Brodd2019-06-18Sweden
6911654Viktor Örneland2019-06-18Sweden
709930Mathias Alvebring2019-06-18Sweden
719678Boksen2019-06-18Norway
727870vardcentralen2019-06-18Sweden
737685Mathias Rue2019-06-18Denmark
747201Manuela Hardy2019-06-18Norway
757068Gröt Havregrynsson2019-06-18Sweden
766881Caesar2019-06-18Sweden
776830Sara Lindberg2019-06-18Sweden
786456Mattis Folkestad2019-06-18Norway
796028Oliver Waldemar2019-06-18Sweden
805159Simon Jakobsson2019-06-18Sweden
814396KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-06-18Sweden

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.