STF_FRUNTSTOCT

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FRUNTSTOCT — FontStruct logotype reinterpretation
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For all ya failed attempts at re-creating the FontStruct logo typeface.

Many have tried their take on it, most without convincing succes, and often looking downright horrible.
Two of the most commonly made mistakes are..  1) The introduction of a uppercase alphabet  2) Having a tendency for including far too many stuff in terms of extended language and typographic support, aiming for large multi-lingual character-sets with as many glyphs possible.

The lettering for the FS-logotype has this very distinctive modular geometric stencil concept. The underlying glyph structure consists of 5 horizontal rectangular segments, that together with a custom set of simple geometric blocks form a modular system that can be easily re-modeled or re-arranged to form the different letters and required parts that help to distinguish each individual letter from one another.
The modular system itself is highly simplified and easily accessible to implement additional changes. But typically speaking a simplified modular system comes at a price. And the further a system was simplified, the greater the amount of limitations will be. Which literally translates to a reduction in overall design depth and freedom to implement a more diverse complexity.

TECHNICAL SPECS:
[Dimensions]               Segments

X-Height             —     3
Cap-Height         —     4
Ascender             —     1
Descender           —     1

[Filters]                            Value
Horizontal Brick Size    —    2
Vertical Brick Size         —    1.8
Horizontal Grid Scale    —    0.9
Vertical Grid Scale         —    1

In case of this FS-logotype concept, there are a number of key components that put in place this very strict window of parameter-locked propperties, that exclude all but a few remaining options which could still be exploited, and therefor fully dictate whatever is, or is not possible.
Having only 5 segments, limited geometric components and highly restrictive rearrangeable capabilities towards implementing variation all adding up to the difficulty-level for extrapolating some of its more complex and- / or denser forms, symbols accents and puntuation marks.

To cramp excessive amounts of complexity into a very narrow band of realestate would have a certain negative wear on its aesthetic qualities. And is likely to result in a combination of messy glyph composites and queer-looking letter-inventions, contrapped in a mish-mash of irregular and gawky looking, at times even disfiguring geometry that sit at the heart of this problem.

This is exactly where those bad choices can either make or break your font. The modular system for FS's lettering clearly isn't the most suitable of fonts for uppercase forms and complex geometry.

This doesn't mean that it is impossible, as was demonstrated by a small number of re-interpretations that actually do include fairly decent uppercase inventions. One of such that have successfully pulled off the inclusion of a uppercase set for his rework of the logo typeface was Zhalgas Kassymkulov—previously known as architaraz.

His attempt is a beautiful display of craftmanship and clever simplicity.

Here is a list of attempts that I think are successful re-interpretations of the original FontStruct logo:

Structurosa Italic — by four
AT Archistruct Outline — by kassymkulov
Structurosa — by pauldhunt
FS Logotype — by WeDoFonts
pixelstructia — by gamesgames
fs Colophon — by user-juli
fs sanstruct — by ETHproductions
Realised — by thezenmaster1000
Structurosa Bold — by pauldhunt
FontStrukt 2 Soft — by Jamie Place (FontBlast)
Structurosa Bold Too — by pauldhunt
 

WHUTZINSIDE THIS FRUNTSTOCTION?
Now, a extensive explanation for the decision to not include uppercase forms to the font, as well as for the constraint on total character amount had been broadly covered above. I think that small caps numeral figures make a much more sleek looking glyph, and tying the overall character set much more together as a whole.

Another, and I say, rather more unique feature found in my version of the lettering is only a subtle one in fact. One that mostly works invisibly, that without the awareness of the reader, is easily missed. And can only truly visually materialize and appreciated seen up close. This is the implementation of several slight deviations and custom sculpting of certain curvatures and round features. Introducing an ever so slightly more diverse dynamic, but also taps deeper into some of that shape contrast propperties.

In addition to that I've also included several glyph alternative forms and small number of ligatures to play around with.
among these glyph alternates there is also this continuous string of 13 rather experimental looking glyph variations for the lowercase letter 's'.
These aren't actually meant to be usable characters, but instead is a collage of different configurations that make various curved geometry, and are simply stored in a glyph-style fashion that provides an actual physical estimation on their appearence and for me to test their functional values in a text format.

So far so good,
I am happy with how the font turned out to be, it is fairly consistent looking and still remains quite usable as a font.

That's all for now folks...

Cheers.

23 Comments

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 12th august
Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 12th august
Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 12th august

wow, you did the amazing job! actually an alt. e comes from the "makefonts" text of the FS logo.

Comment by Commenter/Cloner Sun, 13th august
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “STF_FRUNTSTOCT” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Fri, 18th august

This is very good! And I love the name.

Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Fri, 18th august

@Rob: Thank you so much for the kind words boss, and many thanks for the pink star.

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 18th august

Made it downloadable

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 18th august

Congrats!

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 18th august

@Sed4tives: Sorry, FS personal messages don't work, at least for me, since a couple of days. Count on me for the curved JS alphabet. I've already started and created the main curve (well, actually I've three with different inclines), and I'm fontstructing the first glyphs. The JS's letters are drawn by hand and therefore have different lengths and widths, and making them homogeneous is an added exciting challenge. Thank you for let me to participate in this fantastic project.

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 18th august

Don't be sorry mate, Im happy I can await your contribution!

Comment by Sed4tives Sat, 19th august

MOC

EDU

Comment by mocliving Thu, 24th august

Hola fontstruct

Comment by Jeyco Adrian Monge Mon, 11th september

Soy tu amigo :)

Comment by Jeyco Adrian Monge Mon, 11th september

ya made one failed attempt on the u. the bottom of the u isnt rounded on both sides

Comment by MrBean_Is_Real001 Thu, 21st september

ya made one failed attempt on the u. the bottom of the u isnt rounded on both sides

Comment by MrBean_Is_Real001 Thu, 21st september

Failed? Your eyes probably failed dumbdumb, check again...

Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 21st september

How dare you criticize my font and others too!

Everyone is not perfect, and we all make mistakes! It's not okay to criticize anyone of failing! This isn't 2023 anymore, so just stop with the roasts! Okay!???

Comment by RYvett (DDDaniel) Mon, 1st january

@RYvett: So I am not allowed to have my own opinion? Thats some 1940s extremism don't you think? Besides that, I never mentioned any fonts or creators in particular. I also explain why I think many tend to fail. Pushing it more towards constructive critisism in my opinion! But hey, here is a fun fact: Opinions vary from one person to another...

Not to mention the many I pointed out that I think are succesful attemps, seems to me that if I had bad intent this would've been a waste of effort on my behalf, aint it?

Too bad you take it this way pal, whereas you could've easily taken your lesson from it and used the time you spend writing your above comment to educate yourself if you think I was talking about your work.

This has more to do with how you feel about your own work than it has to do with my opinion, so do yourself a favour, grow up!

Cheers

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 1st january

@RYvett: Even stranger is the fact that you don't even have an uppercase character set, nor having tons of other typographic stuff. Which was the criteria I gave as to what I believe is the cause for many of the failed attempt. So nothing I actually refer to reflects your work in any way, yet you still got upset. Good job..

If you get butthurt this easily over nothing or things that doesn't concern you, perhaps internet might not be the right place for you.

I have absolutely no intent to be rude or disrespectful to anyone in any way whatsoever, but whiny people like you make it very difficult not to.

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 1st january

How about a seporate additional uppercase style instance for this font? I know I said that this concept didn't allow for easy incorporation of a capiral letter... But hey, it's me innit?!

Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 19th february
Comment by Sed4tives Mon, 19th february

@Sed4tives: These uppercase letters seem to break the style of the lowercase font a bit, but they look very satisfying on their own, I think they should have a chance. And who better than you to do that.

Comment by elmoyenique Mon, 19th february

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