Learning a New Editor…

For some time Greater Albion (i.e. me) has used a mixture of “Glyphs” and “Fontlab Studio 5” for font creation. Now I’ve taken the plunge and purchased a license for Fontlab VI. I think it’s going to be very powerful – in some ways it seems like a completely new editor, rather than an upgrade of Fontlab Studio – but there are always those ‘little’ things it takes you ages to work out how to do.

Still we’re getting there, meanwhile, here’s progress to date on the first project in this new editor:

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Here are some preliminary sketches for a project that, for the moment at least, has a somewhat extravagant name.  We’ve put the “Fanshawe” project on hold for the moment, feeling it will benefit from further reflection, so “Thoroughbrooke” finds itself at the head of the development queue…


The Listening Foundry…

Followers of our postings may have read F Harvell’s constructive feedback on Imperial Granum.  We’ve considered this feedback and incorporated just about all of it in the project.  Here’s a revised copy of the sampler we posted yesterday reflecting these changes:


We still have a soft spot for the ‘K’ and ‘R’ with the descending tails, so we’ve kept them as stylistic alternates…..

Evolution of an Idea….

Regular readers may remember that a little while ago (May 6th to be precise) we posted a somewhat adventurous idea for a new banner typeface, ‘Bettendorf’.   Here’s a sketch we posted at the time:

Well, we’ve been ruminating and refining this idea for a month or so now (almost to the day in fact) and it has now become somewhat more refined-even to the spelling of the name (it just seemed better this way to us)!  So, without further ado, here’s a preview of our latest development of ‘Bettendorff’. Altogether more pleasing now we think, though there’s still a good deal to do:

We particularly enjoy working on these types of font, which take conventional computer fon technology into the realms normally restricted to traditional metal typefaces.  If nothing else we want to prove that the traditional banner and cartouche faces are not dead and that typeface designs like this still offer something that can’t simply be replaced with a computer drawing package.