Obleak

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Info: Created on 24th January 2011 . Last edited on Mon, 17th June.
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Comment by aphoria 9th February 2011
Wow aphoria, i love it. Wonderful work. 10/10

db : )
Comment by beate 9th February 2011
Yes, I agree. Well done!
Comment by Tylo 9th February 2011
Brilliant! Too bad the font viewer screws it up...
I love it to death. 11/10
Comment by Logan Thomason (xenophilius) 9th February 2011
excellent!
Comment by laynecom 9th February 2011
This is so impossibly impossible. I think the tail of the R could be slightly thicker but the rest of the letters are totally awesome. I love M, W and X.
Comment by 3moDuDe 10th February 2011
Fully agree with 3moDuDe on beefing up the tail of your R. (Damn, 3mo, I don’t mean to be agist, but let me say you have a very discerning eye for such a young guy!) I think it should optically match the weight of your “vertical” strokes. The Ww do work, but this particular solution always feels forced to me. The rest is breezy and elegant, so maybe some more “diagonals” like your Vv will improve things!

Great job! 10/10 for usability and your smile-inducing sample.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 10th February 2011
Thanks for all the compliments guys...I really appreciate it.

I'll play around with your suggestions and see what I can come up with.
Comment by aphoria 10th February 2011
Updated the R, added a -.
Comment by aphoria 10th February 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Obleak” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 10th February 2011
Thanks meek!
Comment by aphoria 10th February 2011
Love the @, which I just noticed. Well done on the new R. I like the first alternate best for the new w, and they all work well in their own ways. I am warming up to the capital W. It actually looks quite dashing in its constructivist sensibility, especially in all caps settings.

I really do love the tail of the Q, but it feels a bit too prominent. Could you include some alternates? Hey, maybe it could take a cue from the original R? I am not sure how to fix it, but the character is intriguing and I am also really interested in seeing how it looks with the current tail shifted all the way to the right. Do you mind indulging this request?

This fontstruction is really superb! Thrilling when such a breezy work results in such a satisfying and highly usable result. Far more sophisticated than it appears, and all a testament to how well-executed and consistently formed are each and every vertex.

With this highly effective and attractive slanted rectangle scheme, I anticipate that you can push the character set well beyond the latin block, and really as far as anyone ever has in a single fontstruction (or better yet, pro font you derive from this sketch) — and still produce extremely satisfying results.

This is the power of fs 2.0 when it comes to an angular scheme as flawless and flexible as yours. And that’s not even the start of it, because with shocking ease, you can then iterate a family of widths from extended versions to one a degree, i believe, more condensed.

Fresh! Just like your design. Congratulations!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 11th February 2011
@will.i.ૐ Wow. Thank you for the compliments and suggestions.

I'm still toying with ideas on the w and plan to try them on the W as well.

What do you think of the alternate Qs in the pic below? It's just a screen capture from the editor previewer, so the lines are a little off. I used the right leg from the current R. Do you think it's too wide for the tail of the Q?

Comment by aphoria 11th February 2011
Comment by Goatmeal 11th February 2011
Sorry, Aphoria. When I saw your pic, I couldn't resist... :^)
Comment by Goatmeal 11th February 2011
ROFL...that's funny Goatmeal.
Comment by aphoria 11th February 2011
Apparently bricks disappeared of your font, giving it a snowing effect
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 11th February 2011
Yeah, I don't know what happened. I'm trying to get meek's attention to see if he can restore it.
Comment by aphoria 11th February 2011
I like this one. I saw this one yesterday and was unable to comment. When I viewed with a sample text it looked superb.
Comment by naveenchandru 11th February 2011
Thank you naveen!

Ok, I think everything is fixed, but the editor is still acting very strange...I think I will wait a bit before I try anything else on it.
Comment by aphoria 11th February 2011
I like this. use in a movie then I like better.
Comment by Foo Bar ( ibirover) 12th February 2011
A few suggestions for the V, W & Q.
Comment by djnippa 12th February 2011
Great suggestions coming from djnippa! I say the VW he offered are perfect. His Q has a compelling idea in referencing the u’s sloping bottom.

As for your Q samples above, I think the second one works best. All three of them still feel disproportionate to me. Nippa smartly resolved the prominence issue by making things vertically compact, whereas I was thinking the thinness of the original R’s leg could offer a similar improvement. If you try out this tack, I expect a more or less centered one like #2 above will work best. That said, I also want to see one like #3 with a thin tail, keeping the left side of the stroke in the same position while nudging the right side of the tail that one brick or so difference toward the left.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 12th February 2011
Thoughts?

Comment by aphoria 15th February 2011
Comment by elmoyenique 15th February 2011
Comment by djnippa 16th February 2011
I agree with elmoyenique, but I'm not too sure what grid size you used, so I cannot suggest, if I think there is a better alternative. Above are the two size variations I used in my previous examples.
Comment by djnippa 16th February 2011
Comment by djnippa 16th February 2011
Thanks elmoyenique and djnippa for the feedback.

I used a slightly small grid size than your samples, nippa. I'm gonna see what I can come up using your ideas.
Comment by aphoria 16th February 2011
Very nice fs, aph. So controlled. Which is what I liked about the first iteration. Even though the current V and W look more V-ish and double-V-ish, they break the cadence of the up-down movement of shapes, even look tilted in the wrong angle. I like dj's last image. It looks like these V and W might not disturb the rhythm of letters. Also, this same image looks like suspended animation. I would love to see these letters scrolling along the grid.

Additional things to consider: J might benefit from dipping down the baseline at an angle, like the right stem of dj's V; I think there's enough height in the letters to give S and Z the slants they scream for; same for 7 to blot out the empty space in the lower left quadrant.

However! I always start off with these simple modifications myself and end up making a mess. I have so many complete but unshared fs'es because I tweaked too much. Don't do anything I say unless you are really feeling it.
Comment by thalamic 16th February 2011
New J, Q, g, j, and y with slanted descenders. I saved the original J and Q as alternates, but not the j, g, and y.

I'm still pondering the V and W...and now the S and Z as thalamic suggested.
Comment by aphoria 17th February 2011
magnifique. tout simplement magnifique.

oxygène
Comment by oxygene 17th February 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Obleak” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 18th February 2011
Wow meek, I'm very flattered.

Thank you!
Comment by aphoria 18th February 2011
Thank you oxygène.
Comment by aphoria 18th February 2011
A very nice slanted typeface on such a small grid: the Featured FontStruct pick is well deserved!

I would just suggest you to double-check the letterspacing of some gliphs (e.g. j, k, g, T and X) that look inconsistent among the others.
Comment by Em42 18th February 2011
Congrats for the Featured Fonstruction!
Comment by elmoyenique 18th February 2011
Oh wow. I was looking at the first picture thinking of a deeper meaning when it actually just says triangle.

Anyways, nice font. Very uh tryangular.
Comment by Drgrit 19th February 2011
Possibly add a tail to the y to make it more like:
|_|
_|
ASCII art FTW.
Comment by BanjoZebra 6th March 2011
Whoops, it totally messed up the ASCII spacing.
|_|
._|

That's better.
Comment by BanjoZebra 6th March 2011
LOVE IT
Comment by patrickyleeslushlee 7th March 2011
@BanjoZebra The current y does have the tail that you are talking about, I think. Some of the samples show previous versions of the y that did not have it.

Am I understanding you correctly?

@patrickyleelushlee Thanks!
Comment by aphoria 7th March 2011
I think the R would look better like this (more square)
Comment by Noah (winty5) 14th May 2013

Eat your heart out, Ray Larabie.

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