Recent Fonts

from Ingrimayne Type

 

Tescellations

Though there are many thousands of digital typefaces available, none seem to be made exclusively of letters that tessellate, a complete tessellating alphabet. This void is now filled with not one typeface, but a group of typefaces, the Tescellations kinship group. Even though I am aware of only one use for this typeface--writing about tessellations--that does not mean there are not hundreds or perhaps thousands of other uses.

There are seven members of this typeface kinship group. I tried to select the the glyphs that fit together best to form Tescellations; it is the most readable of the lot. The Italics version includes as many different lower-case glyphs as I could find rather than just skew the regular version. Versions with no counters are included.

What did not fit into Tescellations was dumped into Tescellations Two, which is somewhat of a ransom-note type of face. It comes in two styles, a regular version and a version in which the counters are removed.

TescellationPatterns shows how many of the characters in these typefaces tessellate. It has over 100 tessellation patterns, each on only one character. Simply type several lines with any character and make sure the leading is the same as the font size, and you have an instant tessellation pattern of a letter.

released October 2012

 

YngreenaAlt

Yngreena is a serifed typeface with calligraphic origins.

In updating it in 2011, I began to add alternative letters and reached the point where it made sense to create an alternative family of faces rather than include all the alternatives as part of an OpenType font. The letters K, R, V, W, Y, f, g, k, t, v, and w are tamer in Yngreena Alt. As a result, though it is still a decorative text face, Yngreena Alt is better suited for lengthier blocks of text than is the original Yngreena face.

released 2011

 

MapleOaks

Almost 15 years ago I designed the font XLeafMeAlone. Last year I decided that it was time to improve it. Instead of adding to it, I created two new fonts containing almost 200 leaves: MapleOaks and More Leaves. Among the leaves you will find in MoreLeaves are elm, cottonwood, tulip tree, ash, hickory, locust, ginko, aspen, sassafrass, hawthorn, beech, and birch. There are even a few that come from shrubs and I am not sure what they are, but they looked interesting so I put them in. You will not find oaks, maples, or sycamores--they are in MapleOaks.

Why leaves? Because people like them. As so much of the biological world that is all around us, leaves are fascinating in their shapes and endless variations. In XLeafMeAlone I took about 50 shapes and rotated them 180 degrees to give a typeface with approximately 100 glyphs. In each of these two typefaces, MoreLeaves and MapleOaks, there are almost 100 glyphs. Each of those glyphs is rotated in 90-degree increments to yield two families of four typefaces that should be very useful if one wants to create borders of leaves.

released January 2006

MoreLeaves

In the early days of PostScript fonts, I designed a font of leaves called XLeefMeAlone. This past year I realized that because two fontographers, both the program of that name and I, had advanced in the 15 years since the creation of XLeefMeAlone, a better leave typeface was possible. The result was two sets of new leaf fonts: MapleOaks and MoreLeaves. MapleOaks contains almost 100 images of maple, oak, and sycamore leaves, and MoreLeaves has almost 100 images of leaves of various other species. 

Leaves are beautiful little works of art with an endless variety of shapes. No two leaves are the same, and I found it very difficult to decide what leaves to include and which to ignore. I have tried to give a good representation of the many shapes that I found around me, and a few friends and family members helped by giving me some leaves that I did not have. I cannot identify all of the leaves tha I have included, (there are four or five oaks in the black oak group, for example, that are to me indistinguishable, and that is not even considering the fact that they can hybridize), but I did not use identification as a criteria for inclusion. 

Because one use of leaves is as a border, I have take the original MapleOaks typeface and created three additional typefaces by rotating it at 90-degree increments. Hence, you can have the same leaf shape pointing up to the right, up to the left, down to the right, and down to the left. I hope some people find this feature useful.

released January 2006

 

Framealot

Framealot is a frame or border or page divider construction kit. By choosing and mixing various elements, a wide variety of different geometric borders or frames or dividers are possible. The largest set is on the upper-case keys. There are two other sets on the lower case keys (plus the comma and period.) The characters above the number keys (the whole top row with shift, plus {}| keys are another set. And there are a couple of other small sets. Not all the sets allow vertical dividers. Outlined versions are available on the outline style, and the filled style either inverts the pattern or removes white interior sections for the outline version. and has some other differences compared to the other two versions. Use the character map to find all the parts of a set, type them out on your document, and then copy and past to construct your border or frame. Have fun.

released June 2006

 

MattsDinosaurStencils

This typeface features eight images of dinosaur skeletons that were used as stencils for decoration. My son Matthew drew them, cut them out with a exacto knife, then spray painted them. I photographed the results with a digital camera and used the results to make this typeface. Check the key map--some of the very large critters are cut into pieces and put on several keys--this may help printing in some situations. Have fun with them.

released October 2005

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