A insular half-uncial or insular majuscule script style typeface project that is inspired by ancient celtic bookhand & manuscripts.
The project is aiming at solidifying a number of different insular script styles. The main goal is to create a single typeface that includes about everything required to replicate the decorative writing style seen in ancient celtic manuscripts.(except for the ornamental decoratives)
The font, though essentially a bi-linear or majuscule insular half-incial script, in reality is a combination of different styles and complementary lettersets. Each carefully designed for specific purpose.
For example, it includes a more decorative Anglo-Saxon-script capital letter, perfect for headline text or book bindings. These actually include a small number of short ascendin / descending letters, but it remains mainly a majuscule. Then there is a complete insular style lowercase set, but which resembles a more traditional style lowercase letterform. And instead of being proportional sized, these reflect the cap-height, remaining faithful to the bi-linear nature of the script.
Besides all that, there is a set of glyph-alternates for most of the Anglo-Saxon capitals, as well as numerous random stylistic glyph alternates scattered througout some other various unicode blocks. Providing more than enough options to make variations.
To top it all off, I started making a set of more decorative lombardic initial letters, perfect for decorating paragraphs.
(This remains a WIP for now, as I am still experimenting aound with different styles and bits to narrow down the right one that suits this total package)
I like how some of these characters turned out, but many are jiust ideas and not yet reached their definitive forms. But this set proved a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. So,
Any suggestions helping me to complete the full set are very much welcome..
The major recources and guidelines for the creation of this project mainly evolved around the two medieval celtic manuscripts:
"Book of kells" and "Liɴdisfarne Gospels"
It has grown quite a bit already so far, but remains a WIP.
So beware of very little overall polishing or kerning.
The overall design has quite some rough character, even more so with the insular lowercase set, that obviously was not aimed at smooth edges. Actually the oposite, sort of trying to replicate that rough look seen with many scribes from that era.
But I would love to hear your opinions (or suggestions for that matter) on the work so far. I can really use a little refreshing vibes for this at this point.
Ever since I saw jonrgrover's "Heavy Chain", I wondered what forms of Celtic knotwork and chainmail weave could be created on a small grid. This design contains all the ones I have found so far. Feel free to clone this or make suggestions!
All these designs are 1x1 or 2x2; I made larger swatches to show how they tessellate and can form even larger shapes.
If you clone this, I recommend opening another new FontStruction at the same time, then copy-pasting the knots you want from the cloned project over to the new one. This will help reduce the chance that your creation gets corrupted.
An experimental take on Laconica with Celtic knotwork. I'm not sure how to balance it better than this... any ideas? I'll do all the glyphs once I have a complete set of solutions for them.This is a clone of Laconica
Modern modular geometric minuscule script style sans-serif typeface.
Geometric Art Nouveau lettering inspired by as well as trying to mimic Uncial & medieval Insular script letters!
I built diamonds sized according to the Fibonacci series, then made a segmented display out of them. The design was then carved away to make the glyphs you see here. I used the members 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8. These sizes proved most feasible to work with in this sort of arrangement.
I gave the terminals a flared appearance which I think makes the glyphs look slightly Celtic. The design also makes me think of beach sand and things found on the beach - shells, pretty rocks, and so on.
"You'd have to be a magician to read Trafalmagus!" - Brer Bripes
A font made to evoke magical talismans, wizards' engravings, Celtic/Viking wirecrafts, and all that good stuff! It has a pseudo-segmented display that draws lines between segments. It also slightly reminds me of the folk art which appears on crockery, earthenware bowls, etc.
The spacing is set so that 2 spaces is 1 letter's width. Use this to simulate a monospaced look when desired.
The lowercase looks like lowercase, but it is really an alternate set. This was designed to be written in one case at a time.
Original size: 8.25pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)