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    Created on 2nd October 2009. Last edited on 3rd October 2009.
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It looks like I've finally, terminally run out of ink. This design started out as a retooling of Scansion, but it took on a life of its own.

While there are pleasing aspects to it, it really is running over old ground. I'm in mourning, a bit.
Comment by intaglio 3rd october 2009
Hey tag, don't go man. Your standard is as high as anyones' and you never know when the spark will ignite.
Comment by p2pnut 3rd october 2009
C'mon. You've had your share of innovation. But, I think your real genius is in your persistence and constant refinement.
Comment by aphoria 3rd october 2009
When you compare this to the vast majority of work (I'm using this term very loosely) on FontStruct, I cannot figure out how someone thinks this is only worth a 7.

Comment by aphoria 3rd october 2009
Thanks, guys. Your comments are cheering me up. Sometimes it's hard coping with your own limitations, isn't it.

I start out with an optimistic outlook but by the time I've got all the glyphs flushed out, the awkward knots peek through the weave. It happens with nearly everything I do.

Silly to compare my work with others' but I see a brilliant bit of work somebody else has put out and the first thought in my mind is envy, not appreciation. I'm going down the garden and eat worms.

"What a piece of work is man..."
Comment by intaglio 3rd october 2009
On Odile: It is a fine fontstruction, obviously a work in progress. I observed your method of releasing works half done, just to see what others might say about. It is very wise, and reflects the true nature of font design: often a long process of constant refinements. A classic time-honored type face is like a delicate old wine: light, subtle, with complex flavours and body. Needless to say, Fontstruct is the antithesis of this.

I'm struggling to find the right words to tell you how much I appreciate your work. They were always great source of inspiration for me. Your fonts have a style nobody else have. I could recognise your works by your hallmarks, even if you submit them under a different name. (There are even a few newbies who tried to emulate them.) With a spectacular record of 163 shared fontstruction, many of them exceptionally strong text face, I'm somewhat baffled to hear you to "run out of ink".

No, my Dear Friend. You did not. It is only temporary, if you feel this way. You know all too well, there are ups and downs. Creative minds, writers, composers, actors, painters, scientists, chess players etc., with a few notable exceptions, experienced this periodic oscillations between two mental states: (1) to feel inspired, flying, ecstatic, and to be very productive or (2) to feel a bit depressed, apathic and consequently to produce less work or none at all. Most of them managed to use their fertile periods to create as much as possible, and tried to survive the doldrums. This is the price we have to pay for having such brilliance others may lack. I wish you to come out of this valley soon, and have a dazzling renaissance period again!
Comment by Frodo7 4th october 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Odile” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 13th october 2009
@Frodo: thank you for your thoughtful support.

@fs staff: Thanks for the top pick!

I asked thalamic for some help but I've yet to get round to incorporating his brilliant suggestions. I got sidetracked by Mixter. I also forgot that you can copy/paste between Fontstructions, doh. So I've got rather a lot of needless labour I could have avoided if I had my head screwed on properly. Smack that forehead.
Comment by intaglio 13th october 2009

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