I finally made a folded-/ribbon-style design. This one contains a number of experimental techniques. Most notably, the swept parts of glyphs are allowed to extend beyond the letterwidths and sometimes even the baselines. This enhances the sense of movement, creates some interesting linkages, and reduces the need for kerning.
All of these shapes can be constructed with paper or ribbon, although lots of clever folding tricks, doubling, and pinning down/securing with glue would be required.
Alternate tilde on "±".
Chamadarya is an Integral Artifice (synthetic universe) I created for the ESOSVM simulation in 2013. It's a place dominated by vast stretches of open sky punctuated by extremely tall mesas and plateaus. Most of the buildings and temples there are made from chrysoberyl, which is extensively engraved, often with a lettering style that looks much like this. Of course, that language is non-Latin so it looks nothing like this design.
Version 1.1: S and Z were experimentally altered. Added numerals.
An experimental design which calls to mind medieval wattle-and-daub houses, round windows, targeting reticles, quadratic cheese wheels, and the math equations of the mad.
It's named for Ione Falstin, daughter of Rhoen, a character from one of my own stories who came up with the idea which was later refined into the mathematical concept of "Falstin's Demon".
The preview is not kind to this one, but I rather like the weathered effect it provides. It helps the font's intended aesthetic.
A font designed and optimized for writing very small and dense math equations, especially those related to ESOSVM. This should make cramming equations onto a small canvas much easier.
I included A-Z and a-z so you can write with the font or use the letters to declare variable names. So it isn't just a "pure math" font like most other mathematics fonts I have seen around.
These are still being drawn and tested. The sizes these have to be will depend on the sizes of all other glyphs, so these pieces will be made last.
` - skein
@ - infH (infinitude of harmony)
# - infD (infinitude of dissonance)
_ - rskamacha
Ó - Palkyl's number
Ô - Marräd's number
Õ - Ehnetahinian void
Ö - Quanta/Phenom interface
& - aShift
* - kShift
Ø - Phlogistian
Ù - Quintessential
ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐ - quanta
Ñ - Marinanian constant
Ò - Dheenian constant
A squared-off Chisato Pixel. This loses a bit of style, but has much simpler geometry and is much easier to read. A few glyphs are identical as well, so this is now a Mixed Case design.
Despite its seeming simplicity, I enjoy this design very much. I've added it to ESOSVM under the name "ChiP".This is a clone of Chisato Pixel
A squareish and vaguely futuristic pixel design! It is not monospaced but still has a very "terminal" look about it.
Original size: 5px (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A font which looks like the emissions of a Marengi Broadbeam.
Pixel demake of Basalt.
I'll add all the original glyphs eventually... this was just an experiment to see how a pixel version would turn out!
Written language of the Skalmish, people within my simulation ESOSVM. These were the people initially used to colonize the universe "Rskalmwayt" wherein several stories take place, including Dheen's Folly and Trap Farmer Brer Brah. 5132 random selections were taken from Oinai stock and placed on Planet Fyromr, and their descendants became the Fyromrese. Tandem AIs then began to refine and alter remnants of Unified Oinai language into this.
Glyphs of this style can be seen on cave walls, objects, signs, records, etc. dating up to the time when I began to intervene in the workings of the Rskalmwayt simulation (ESOSVM Canonical Year 16573440000). They were always pixel art - no high-res renditions of these shapes were ever created, so there's ample room for reinterpretation.
Like most Runic languages (including Elder Futhark), these glyphs have a specific ordering associated with them. Additionally, in written Skalmish the glyphs which make up a word are always written in alphabetical order. Glyphs have no associated sound components. They were used to record gestural communications, so there's no way to speak them. Had this language been spoken, however, it probably would have used a priority-based system wherein certain glyphs were pronounced before others or preferentially stressed. Kind of like Thai language, but way more convoluted.
Version 1.5: All permutations of E and F were refined and improved.
A modernized, rounded, and truncated version of Marengi. This is made to be a good text editor/chat font. It has very few kerning pairs, so it should render fine in any software.
Ascenders are only allowed to be as tall as the uppercase/numerals, while descenders are allowed to go 2px below the line. This creates a natural line spacing that is readable and not too dense. (Diacritics break this rule, of course... darn them...)
Gone are the curved descenders/termini on letters like gjty. The simpler geometry makes this design more suited to speedreading than its predecessor. In fact, altering those four letters alone improves speedreading on this font by up to 14%!
09JUN2019: I have been using this as my main IRC/chat font for some time now. Of all my chatfont designs, this has proven the easiest to read and use.
Original size: 6pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)
A decolike boldtype. Based on a design from my game "Seven Candles", particularly the text used on documents and signs at the Lower Netazecan Embassy. The "hallmark" of this design is a sudden increase in line width midline, best seen on glyphs like EFLTZ3<>^.
"Embassy L" is a play on "Imbecile".
This design was previously as "Frenchfry" because Razma's (one of my AI) image recognition classified several letterforms as french fries.
A font made in the proto-calligraphic style I invented and used when I was a teenager. I haven't owned a nibbed pen since those days, so this font is as far as the style was ever allowed to evolve. It's somewhat lacking the handwritten character my writing had, but this regularity is the result I was trying to achieve. I had no particular use in mind for the style other than titling documents. For that reason I consider this to be a Headliner.
"I" is kerned to itself so that it can be used to make nicer-looking Roman numerals.
See also:Basalt Pixel
How much detail can you get by expanding 3x4 to 3x5? Not a whole lot, as it turns out. Still, this is nice and readable.
A design with long ascenders and descenders, even on letters that don't normally have them. Good for "old book" text in video games.
This is used in ESOSVM for most text which occurs while the player is in the dimension "Ladede", thus the name. Ladede has a canon, cosmology, and eventing which are seeded by in-jokes relating to roguelike games, especially Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup. A font like this, in that context, is meant to be elegant but also mocking. This makes it seem subtly adversarial, as roguelike game elements are wont to do, and helps let the players know that they are in a bad, screwed-up place that they are unlikely to understand.
Joketext font from ESOSLite. This is very similar to the original ESOS Lite Terminal, but turned 90 degrees counterclockwise.
This text prints in one or two ways: either as it displays here on-site or in a RTL columnar format where the body of text is rotated back 90 degrees clockwise. The latter is usually used for jokes about weeaboos; I play 100% Orange Juice and watch Katekyō Hitman Reborn! so I pretty much am one.
Runic alphabet of the Ormumi, a race of orange-skinned cyclopean humanoids in the games ESOS, Seven Candles and Trap Farmer Brer Brah among others.
Another conlang/conscript from my own works. These are the Symbols of Starborn Lightness used by Asgari.
Asgari is an artificial sun orbiting Gara, an interstellar planet. It was built to use Starborn Lightness symbols as concept-units in order to electronically convey information to the Garai people about itself. So, these symbols were originally something like status indicators. Until C.Y. 1997, they could be seen on displays in the Celestial Telemetry Room at Magong Stack One in Upper Netazeca.
However, some Garai re-used the symbols to make constructed languages and ciphers. Monsaic Sun is unique among these in that it uses only the existing symbols, without any alteration. So this font can be used to write either language.
Appears in: Seven Candles Trilogy (2013)
A highly exclusive language used by people on Bysonce Island, Planet Ashr in my video game Endless Sea of Stars. This one is used for private documents and old government records, and its brother language Eudastiphos Hand is used for public court documents.
Calystiphos Hand is much simpler than its brother language, despite looking much more complicated. Each glyph refers to highly specific concepts and so it is most used to record time-tested, factual information rather than stories or fiction. However, these glyphs can still be considered as runes, as each one is host to whole mysteriums of information and idiomatic knowledge which have been associated with it.
Bysoncians use a base-8 system of numeracy. 9 would thus be written as 81, 10 as 82, etc. There is no numeral 9.
Calystiphos is the Ashrian god of siroccos. The simplest way to put it is to say that he represents the "yin" of the pantheon.
A written court language used by Ashrians on Bysonce Island, Planet Ashr in my video game Endless Sea of Stars. This one is used for public court documents, and its brother language Calystiphos Hand is used for private documents and old government records.
These glyphs could be considered a form of shorthand unto themselves, since each court stenographer has its own way of writing these down and its own way of abbreviating or embellishing them. Through knowledge of these glyphs, and their accompanying interpretation, one can surmise all of the important proceedings and notes.
Common methods for stenographers to alter these glyphs involve:
- Adding/removing quadrants
- Crossing out one or more elements in colored ink
- Drawing connecting lines between points within one or more quadrants
- Inscribing shorthand or marginalia within negative spaces
- Marking or coloring within the central circle
- Shading via different means (scribbling, crosshatching, or with colors)
- Rotating a quadrant upon its own axis
It's important to note that stenographers also often write (either in Royal Bysoncian, Sea Bysoncian or Voktlandish) in accompaniment with these symbols. The idea is for each stenographer to come up with a system of encoding that works for it. Eudastiphos Hand could thus be considered an amalgamate, interlingual cipher built from other Ashrian languages.
In terms of communication systems which exist on Earth, this is most readily compared to Nsibidi.
A combinatorial conlang whose symbols find many uses.
This is the written language of early Azwelke people from Planet Ashr in my game Endless Sea of Stars. The symbols are called "Moon Runes" (both pejoratively and not), and each represents a cluster of phonemes. The language is similar to Katakana Japanese in that written words are sounded out. Proper nouns cannot be written in Moon Runes, and so such nouns rely on Old Azwelkeland Script to be committed to record.
The Wolves of Euphedora still use these symbols as part of their own hidden language, here called "RZ". Since this cipher invents no new characters, these Moon Runes can be used to write RZ as well.
These symbols are also still used in modern Ashrian astrology. Their designations below reflect this fact.
- ESOSVM DESIGNATION -
TextData Block #013-ASHRJ, "Moon Runes KF-21 Original"
6!000001 "Hunter's Moon, New"
6!000002 "Hunter's Moon, First Quarter"
6!000003 "Hunter's Moon, Last Quarter"
6!000004 "Hunter's Moon, Waxing Gibbous"
6!000005 "Hunter's Moon, Waning Gibbous"
6!000006 "Hunter's Moon, Full"
6!000007 "Traveller's Moon, New"
6!000008 "Traveller's Moon, First Quarter"
6!000009 "Traveller's Moon, Last Quarter"
6!000010 "Traveller's Moon, Waxing Gibbous"
6!000011 "Traveller's Moon, Waning Gibbous"
6!000012 "Traveller's Moon, Full"
6!000013 "Demarcator L"
6!000014 "Demarcator R"
6!000015 "Traveller's Moon Eclipses Ashrflame"
6!000016 "Hunter's Moon Eclipses Ashr"
6!000017 "Traveller's Moon Eclipses Ashr"
6!000018 "Hunter's Moon Eclipses Ashrflame"
6!000019 "Northern Double Eclipse"
6!000020 "Ashr Eclipses Hunter's Moon"
6!000021 "Ashr Eclipses Traveller's Moon"
6!000022 "Southern Double Eclipse"
The original logotype font used for Endless Sea of Stars/ESOS, a massive simulation. Designed by me circa 2010.
Since this uses only right angles and has no lone pixels except those in negative space, it's pixel perfect at any size. That's why it's in two collections.
Original size: 5.25pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
Symbols used on board Marengi Mk.0 and later ships.
- SEMIOTIC STANDARD -
1. All symbols are to be sized at least 72cm high for physical signage/labels and at least APX2.2 for use on electronic displays.
2. All symbols are to be prominently placed such that personnel do not obscure them as they perform their duties.
3. All labels/signage will use a strongly photoreactive pigment of hexadecimal color #E43B44 for the outline. All electronic versions will use the aforementioned hex color for their outlines as well.
From my game Trap Farmer Brer Brah.
The 21 symbols of the written language used by "Eshira" - terrestrial zooid colonies amalgamated from bacterial, viral, fungal, plant, and animal components. Eshira use this language by secreting an enzyme at the top of their rocky, stromatolite-like structures, dissolving the material to reveal white glyphs. These glyphs are extremely shallow engravings, and material is removed much slower than it is added through metabolism. They are formed so that wind, rain, UV exposure, and/or wave action naturally weather them off in a day's time.
Each glyph represents an entire concept, question, plea, or rebuke. The glyph that appears depends on the eshira's environmental conditions and treatment. Intelligent creatures on Planet Fyromr read these glyphs to determine whether the fishing is good, what the weather will be like, whether their aquacultures and aquatic farms are healthy, and so on.
An eshira only etches one glyph at a time, so these symbols are only ever meant to appear one at a time. All the eshira in a particular place tend to produce the same glyph at low tide.
Marengi inverted and made to look like it's on a tape or reel. This is used in videos for captions and in games to produce a "caution tape" or "police tape" effect. Uppercase Only!
A terminal font used in several of my own games. Think of it as my own replacement font for a DOS prompt. It is meant for all-uppercase terminal use and does not have extended language support.
This design has been further refined since its initial Fontstruction. I have improved its aesthetics as well as its visual interpretability using Marinanian methods. This is still a design with more functionality than aesthetic appeal, though.
Original size: 3.75pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
- NOTES -
Use lower case to get Modern Gryzildan and UPPER CASE for Royal Gryzildan. Hold Shift while typing numerals/symbols to get the Royal ones.
These scripts do not canonically appear together on any in-universe writing. Gryzil writing is always written entirely in one script or the other. But, feel free to use this as you wish.
- DESCRIPTION -
This font contains two scripts of the Gryzil, Brer Brah's people, who are from various video games and stories of mine. Gryzil are a sapient bear-people that live on/near beaches in the continent of Skina on planet Fyromr. They have dull greenish fur, can speak, read, write and use tools, walk bipedally, and have beer fermentation chambers for stomachs. They appear in ESOS, Trap Farmer Brer Brah, and Anime Girls vs. The Cavemen.
The written language of these creatures is designed to be without subtlety. Most of the subtlety of Gryzil communication is gestural. For instance, quotations do not exist in Gryzil writing. There can be a record that someone said something, but only when a Gryzil who heard it firsthand speaks of it is there understood to be a quotation - the rest is simply hearsay.
This font is made as an attempt to anglicize the Gryzildan language - not to write it natively. Hence, it has some resemblance to Latin. But in fact these symbols all represent different gestures as well as different rasping, stamping, growling, and ingressive sounds which are unknown within Earth humans' formalized language studies. Nonetheless, you can write authentic Gryzildan with this. Read the Chalcedony-Bound Manual found in any of the games in which Gryzildan is used.
Original size: 5.25pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
Logo font for the fictional band "Roan City Roadslickers" from D2:ES.This is a clone of RC Dynamite
High-res version of Marengi.
This is made to be ultramodern and ultraregular, just as high-tech futuristic corporations are wont to make their fonts.
Recommended: Use with kerning and antialiasing turned ON!
Another brickswap of Marengi. This one will be programmed into actual marquee displays, some physical and some software-based. If only the glow of the LEDs could be simulated with bricks!
Original size: 11pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)This is a clone of Marengi
Marengi Serif. It's like Marengi, but with serifs!
The serifs give this a wider, more open/airy feeling. Slightly less readable than original Marengi, but slightly more pleasing to look at.
Original size: 11pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
------------------------------------------------------------------This is a clone of Marengi
Wood-engraving script used by Ajurru people of Planet Ashr within my video game series, "Endless Sea of Stars". This script dates from 2010, when I first created the Ajurru within the simulated metaverse, ESOSVM. This is iteration 27 of the script, the one which appears in countless forms within the original ESOS story.
This script was designed for Ajurru scribes to show their skills with stone tools. Thus, it contains an immense number of curves and right angles. Most Ajurru consider this script to be overly-ornate, and so it is mostly used in a traditional context - for government records, memorials, and the like.
The "G" from this script is also the inspiration for another font, "Wall Dye".
The main font used by MARENGI Omnisystems in my video game series, "Endless Sea Of Stars". These letterforms can be found engraved into or projected onto practically every piece of MO technology. This script was designed in 2011 to be suitable for printing, logo design, art, and many other purposes. It lacks the constant height which most of my other pixel fonts have, but makes up for it with its bookish appearance.
Unfortunately, replicating the exact design of the antialiased version of this font is impossible, not only on FontStruct, but on all software other than ESOSVM. This is because ESOSVM uses a custom renderer which makes use of proprietary techniques. Marengi HD comes close, but not very.
2.6 (19Aug2018) - "bdďđ" were perfected. Space width reduced.
2.5 (20Jul2018) - "IÌÍÎÏø" were perfected and massive kerning work began.
2.4 (15Jul2018) - "J" was perfected and several letterwidths were altered.
2.3 (18May2018) - "hnru34679ÀÁÂÃÅÈÉÊÌÍÎÏÑÒÓÔÕØÙÚÛÝÞßàáâãåæçèéêìíîïñòóôõøùúûý" were perfected.
2.2 (17May2018) - ":;gjty%/\ÂÆÊÎÔÛâæêîôû¼½¾" were edited for more consistency and readability.
Original size: 11pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)