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Recent Fonts

from Ingrimayne Type

 

Valsity

Valsity is a squarish slab-serif family with five weights and two widths, each with an italics for a total of twenty members. With negligible contrast, it is almost monoline. It is for decorative uses; it is too square and lacks the contrast to make it a good choice for extensive text. Valsity began with a blending of two other squarish slab-serifs, Valgal and Kwersity, and its name reflects that ancestry. From there it took on a life of its own, often diverging from its parents.

released September 2022

 

Lunanic

Lunanic is a geometric novelty typeface family with a touch of graffiti. The letters are formed from a circle with a notch or nick taken out, a shape that reminds me of a partial lunar eclipse. Half of the family have the nick on the left and half on the right. The faces are monospaced and there is no space between most of the letters so the filled styles cannot be used alone without tweaking. There are several ways to tweak them to make them readable: adjacent letters can be colored differently, the characters spacing can be increased, or an outlined style can be layered on top of the filled letters. The family does not have a true lower case. Most of the characters in the lower-case slots are alternates for those on the upper-case keys and they can be mixed in whatever way the user finds best. The family has twelve members: two orientations with three weights each and each of these six has an outline style to go with it.

released August 2022

 

Complements

Complements is another alternating-letter typeface in which lower-case characters are designed to alternate with upper-case characters. It comes in two styles, a regular and an outline style, with the outline style designed to be used in a layer above the regular style. The typeface is monospaced.

released July 2022

 

Tasty Blends: Ratafly & Flyoika

One of the advantages of having a large library of fonts is that they can be blended to produce new and often interesting new fonts. Sometimes the blend is more useful than the parents. About half of the text fonts in the IngrimayneType library are the results of blending. In 2022 two more blended families joined the library. Ratafly originated in a blending of two very different families, Rataczak and FlyHigh. Flyoika is the offspring of two families with a lot of similarities, FlyHigh and Euroika. Both are versatile, useable for either text or display. Each comes in five weights with matching italics.

released June and July 2022

 

Sansduski & SansduskiMono

In designing BigStripesMono, I created a bold, sans-serif face that was all caps. I thought the face had possibilities as a decorative face without stripes, so I added a lower case and then created ten weights with matching obliques. I thought the face would also be nice with proportional letters, so I added another family of twenty faces. Both families are better suited for display than for text.

released April 2022

 

Seven More Alternating-Character Typefaces

As 2022 began I continued trying to fill a lightly populated niche in typefaces: typefaces with alternating letter sets.
LoveDuets alternates letters on the left half of a heart with letters on the right half. The family has two styles.
SlipperyFishes has a wave both on top and bottom and the wave reflects rather than parallels. It comes in four styles.
IMPuzzled puts letters on tessellating puzzle pieces. It has two styles.
Billowed and Woven form letters from the template of distorted squares that tessellate. Billowed has four styles and Woven two.
Weaving condenses Woven and loses the tessellation properties. Weaving has three styles.
FangsALot is based on a tooth or fang shape and uses this shape in two very different ways. The family has nine styles.

released January-March 2022

 

BigStripesMono

BigStripesMono is a family of four fonts designed to allow candy-cane lettering. Unlike other striped lettering, the stripes of this family are not obvious on a single letter. Rather two or more of the family members must be layered and arranged properly for the stripes to appear. It is another family from IngrimayneType designed to utilize the power of contextual alternatives.

released December 2021

 

Five More Alternating-Letter Families

Bihext alternates letter sets based on a bisected hexagon. It comes in two styles, a filled and an outlined style.
The letters of Bannetters are formed on parallelograms, one set sloping downward to the right and the other sloping upward to the right. Alternating the two sets results in a zigzaggy string of words. Bannetters has two styles, one with squared edges and the other that rounds the outside of letters that are usually curved.
Zigzaggy has letters on diamond-shaped parallelograms that are formed by trisecting a regular hexagon. It comes in four styles.
In Undulate one set of letters bulges upward and the other sets bulges downward. The result is wavy text or text that resembles a washboard road. It has a solid and an outlined style.
Undulated is also wavy but the peaks and valleys of the waves are at the right and left sides of the letters rather than in the middle as in Undulate. It seems to have a more chaotic appearance than Undulate, perhaps because its letters lack the symmetry that some of the letters in Undulate have.

released Oct/Nov 2021

 

ZoidicFun

ZoidicFun is a family of ten fonts in five weights. Each member is designed to alternate upper-case and lower-case letters using the OpenType feature of contextual alternatives (calt). The letters are based on asymmetric trapezoids and they fit very closely together. This distinctive and visually-arresting family can be used for titles or advertising.

released September 2021

 

Ovaltown

Ovaltown is a geometric font family with three weights in which the letters are derived from ovals or ellipses. It does not have true lower-case letters but many of the characters in the lower-case slots differ from the corresponding characters in the upper-case slots. Ovaltown is strange, unusual, and bizarre and can be useful when one wants strange, unusual, and bizarre lettering.

released August 2021

 

Lopsickles

Lopsickles is a strange family of twelve fonts, most of which use the OpenType feature of contextual alternatives to alternate characters. The letter shapes are based on a lopsided and distorted ellipse. The stroke varies, being heavier at the end that is wider. As a result, some letters are bottom heavy and some top heavy. The family has four sets of letters that are arranged to form six basic fonts, four of which are designed to alterate characters. Each of the six basic fonts has an inset style that can be overlaid to add color or to create the effect of outlined letters. The inset styles are not designed to be used alone but only in layers. Lopsickles joins several other alternating-characters families in the IngrimayneType library including Snuggels (May 2020), CloseTogether (December 2020), and Caltic (April 2020), but is visually very different from them.

released August 2021

 

JetJane

JetJane is a geometric sans faces that is plain, unadorned, and highly legible. The family has two widths and each width has nine weights. Each of these 18 fonts comes with an accompanying italics version, giving the family a total of 36 members. It is derived from JetJaneMono, a monospaced sans-serif face.

released July 2021

 

DinoTracks

Over the years I have designed a number of letterbat fonts, fonts in which the letters are made up of objects such as feet, hands, safety pins, pipes, and bugs. In 2012 I tried to make one from dinosaur tracks but abandoned it because it just did not work.

Recently I published a maze book with a maze that had walls made of dinosaur footprints. To make this maze, I elongated the footprints from the unsuccessful font. I then realized that the narrower footprints would make much better letters than my attempt in 2012. The end result was DinoTracks.

DinoTracks is readable at small point sizes, though at small sizes seeing that the letters are made of footprints is difficult.

released May 2021

 

BearAnark

BearAnark is a decorative slab-serifed typeface that can be used for some text purposes. It has moderate contrast and comes in five weights, each with a true italic. The development of the family began with a blending of two other slab-serif faces, Anarckhie and BearButteT, and this origin is reflected in its name.

released March 2021

 

CloseTogether

CloseTogether was designed to alternate convex and concave letter sets, with convex letters on the upper-case keys and concave shapes on the lower-case keys. The OpenType feature of contextual alternatives (calt) does this automatically. Individually some of the letter shapes are strange and unsightly. They have the shapes that they have so that they fit snuggly with adjacent letters. The family has three weights: regular, bold, and extrabold. The letter spacing is set very tight and the user may want to loosen it by altering characters spacing.

released December 2020

 

YinYangMessages

YinYangMessages contains two sets of letters, those on the upper-case keys that fit on the left side of a yin-yang symbol and those on the lower-case keys that fit on the left side of a yin-yang symbol. The OpenType contextual alternatives feature will alternate the sets automatically in any program that supports this feature. The family contains two fonts. In one the filled half is on the left and in the other the filled half is on the right. YinYangMessages is a fun and playful family that every once in a while may be the ideal typeface for some unusual situation.

released December 2020

 

OpenBook and ButterflyWings

These two typeface families use the Opentype feature of contextual alternatives to alternate two sets of characters. Earlier in 2020 I designed several other typeface using this feature, but they alternated sets of characters that fit together such as convex and concave blocks. In these new faces the alternating sets are two sides of a symmetrical object, in one case open books and the other butterfly wings. I am unaware of anyone else who has done typefaces similar to these.

released December 2020

 

Ckornoments

Ckornoments is a picture font of corner ornaments. It includes 23 designs each in four orientations so it can be used to decorate the four corners of a page or poster. Some of the designs also work well as section dividers. The Ckornoments family includes an outline style that was designed to be used in layers with the regular style, though each can be used alone. Ornaments that have flowers have be decomposed so that with layers they can be rendered as bicolored (or tricolored with the outline style) pictures.

released October 2020

 

Kwalett

Kwalett is a legible sans-serif family with ten members, five weights each with an italics style. The family is derived from the thinnest member of the Qualettee family. As members of Qualettee get bolder, their contrast increases. As members of the Kwalett family get bolder, their contrast remains very low. Kwalett is designed to work better as text than the Qualettee family.

released August 2020

 

Samsheriff

Samsheriff is a legible sans-serif family with three widths. Each width has five weights. Italics double the styles to a total of 30. Samsheriff does not fit any category of sans serif but has an eclectic mix of letter styles. Like Zimric, it is descended from the lettering used in Coffinated.

released June 2020

 

Zimric

Zimric took the letters from Coffinated and reworked them, adding a lower case, additional widths and weights, and italic styles to generate a family of 28 styles. It has the appearance of neat, legible lettering.

released May 2020

 

Coffinated

Coffinated features letters on coffins. It is monospaced and its two styles can be used in layers for added color. The letters placed on the coffins were specifically designed for this font family.

released May 2020

 

Snuggels

Snuggles began as a set of hexagons and hour-glass shapes that fit together. Letters were formed from these shapes with effort made to preserve as much as possible the original outlines. The result is two sets of letters that by themselves are awkward and misshapen and that only look good when mixed together. The OpenType contextual alternatives (calt) feature automatically alternates the sets in computer programs that support this feature. Snuggles-Lower replaces the letters of Snuggles-Regular with lower-case shapes, but without ascenders or descenders, and the results are jarring. Both Snuggels-Regular and Snuggels-Lower have light versions.

released May 2020

 

BrightIdeas

A few years ago I did a maze in a maze book that used lightbulbs for cells. This lightbulb pattern seemed appropriate for another typeface in which there are two sets of characters that alternate. I derived the letters on the bulbs from an early sans-serif typeface of mine, Myhota-Bold. A sample of the result, called BrightIdeas, is shown on the left. BrightIdeas has two family members, one that has outlined bulbs and one with solid bulbs. They can be used in layers for added color.

released May 2020

 

Eggad and Vinetters

Eggad and Vinetters are similar in that each have two character sets which are alternated by the OpenType contextual alternatives (calt) feature. Both have letters on objects, in one case eggs and the other leaves. In Eggad the eggs with big bottoms down are alternated with eggs with big bottoms up. In Vinetters leaves with base down are alternated with leaves with base up. As far as I can tell, no one else has used the calt feature in this way.

released April 2020

 

Hexonu

Hexanu is another typeface family in which there are two sets of letters that can snuggle next to one another and the snuggling is made easy by the OpenType contextual alternatives (calt) feature. The foundation shape of the families a a coffin shape and the six styles have three different ways to complement this shape. The typeface is monospaced.

released April 2020

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