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
1111132548Måns Grebäck2019-07-15Sweden
223695149Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-07-15Denmark
34611510Johan Waldenström2019-07-15Sweden
43530858Carl Krull2019-07-15Denmark
53245296Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-07-15Norway
62906460Johan Aakerlund2019-07-15Denmark
72759667Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-07-15Denmark
82482813CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-07-15Norway
91953793HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-07-15Sweden
101288792Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-07-15Norway
111116136Christian Munk2019-07-15Denmark
12719329Adam Ericsson2019-07-15Sweden
13717737Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-07-15Sweden
14708460bogstav2019-07-15Denmark
15558915Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-07-15Denmark
16505245Viktor Hammarberg2019-07-15Sweden
17477164Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-07-15Norway
18409407Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-07-15Norway
19386267Thor Christopher Arisland2019-07-15Norway
20355686Staffan Vilcans2019-07-15Sweden
21340797Martin Holm2019-07-15Norway
22319267Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-07-15Denmark
23236846Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-07-15Norway
24210006David Engelby2019-07-15Denmark
25207787Anton - Anton Lundström2019-07-15Sweden
26200169dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-07-15Sweden
27180103211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-07-15Norway
28141456Martin Sørensen2019-07-15Denmark
29113175Andreas Larsen2019-07-15Denmark
30108088Nils Kähler2019-07-15Denmark
3198641Bolahool Graphics2019-07-15Sweden
3294597McKack2019-07-15Norway
3390548Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-07-15Denmark
3488394Anton Bohlin2019-07-15Sweden
3582940Pär Lundkvist2019-07-15Sweden
3676000Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-07-15Norway
3773390Intense2019-07-15Norway
3864848huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-07-15Norway
3960812Kyrre Honohan2019-07-15Norway
4055503Pia Hed Aspell2019-07-15Sweden
4154252Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-07-15Denmark
4252192Linn Mustanoja2019-07-15Sweden
4350718Lars Håhus2019-07-15Sweden
4448213Carl Enlund2019-07-15Sweden
4544971ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-07-15Sweden
4642473Atle Mo2019-07-15Norway
4736824Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-07-15Norway
4833853Arman Ay2019-07-15Sweden
4933800benjamin rauber2019-07-15Sweden
5033511charmingfan2019-07-15Denmark
5127996Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-07-15Sweden
5227360Mark Lund2019-07-15Norway
5326967Botond Bokor2019-07-15Sweden
5426670Dan Thorup2019-07-15Denmark
5526201Andrew Nordquist2019-07-15Sweden
5625924Lisa2019-07-15Norway
5724975Aske Ching2019-07-15Denmark
5824737Benjamin Blåholtz2019-07-15Sweden
5921888Andreas2019-07-15Sweden
6021579Erik Holm2019-07-15Norway
6121077Henrik Johansson2019-07-15Sweden
6220900Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-07-15Denmark
6320720David Lindecrantz2019-07-15Sweden
6420014Kristian Dalen2019-07-15Norway
6517606Christian Koch2019-07-15Denmark
6617326Mandy Pandy2019-07-15Sweden
6713643Alexander Rossebø2019-07-15Norway
6812772Johan Brodd2019-07-15Sweden
6911701Viktor Örneland2019-07-15Sweden
709963Mathias Alvebring2019-07-15Sweden
719696Boksen2019-07-15Norway
727889vardcentralen2019-07-15Sweden
737699Mathias Rue2019-07-15Denmark
747222Manuela Hardy2019-07-15Norway
757115Gröt Havregrynsson2019-07-15Sweden
766904Caesar2019-07-15Sweden
776857Sara Lindberg2019-07-15Sweden
786471Mattis Folkestad2019-07-15Norway
796073Oliver Waldemar2019-07-15Sweden
805184Simon Jakobsson2019-07-15Sweden
814411KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-07-15Sweden

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”.