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6 GRIDS

Ok, so I created 6 grids to do variations on some letters. I tried to keep it as minimal of boxes as possible ’cause I think the more boxes the more freedom to do letters, which will end up as any other typeface. Also if I follow the way im doing the typeface it would become bulky with those heavy strokes.

Besides the the numbers of boxes in the grid im also playing with vertical and horizontal.

Edit: I totally forgot I did 8, so im scratching one out. I might take out the 4×3 or 2×4 , but i’ll see once I do the rest of them first.

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THESIS REVISE

My objective is to test several letters of the alphabet in 6 different grids. After that’s all set and done, i’ll choose two grids that are complete opposites and expand on that to make the entire alphabet.

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MOCK-UP CAPS

Here is the basic set up of all the CAPS. Ive followed the sketches that I did of the letters, but when I rechecked it I noticed that the diagonal stems were not the same as the regular stems. I have to go back to the .Ai file and make the stems one block thick as the rest.

This letters are just vector shapes in Illustrator haven’t exported into Font Lab yet. Also the letter “I” is the only one that is not two block thick. I have to rethink on a way to make it the same width.

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GRID TEMPLATE

The measurement of this template is 400pt x 1200pt, each square is 200pt. Besides the lines that are display here, I also have two more vertical lines that show the half of the vertical columns. I have snap to grid to make the process easier, also I have the align settings to align to the art board, so its exactly flushed.

I did several letters already (each in its own layer), since the Font Lab tools were clunky to me. I haven’t yet see how to export it nor how to adjust the kerning of it. I only have “A” done and saved.

These are the basic shapes Im using. The line is 20pt.

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TUTORIAL VID

Im going to use this method on creating my typeface. I’ve already downloaded the .Ai file and I switched some measurements to accommodate my grid.

The program that im using is Font Lab Studio, but the only draw back is the the lines has a certain thickness to it, too thin, switch isn’t unchangeable. Everything is is fine and understandable.

Im still tweaking some letters.

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ELECTRONIC SIGNS

I can’t recall if they have an official name for them, but this type of LED signs have fixed width and height.

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DAVID AND GOLIATH OVERVIEW

In the New Yorker article I was interested how the author compared the triumph of the female basketball win to the story of David and Goliath. Just by switching some strategies in their basketball.

Also, he included real word examples on “real-time” feedback. He mentioned how there’s a gap between the time we wait for our luggage to the time we get notified that its either missing or late.

This doesn’t reflect on me and on my thesis, I don’t think. But I could see how “real time” feedback could benefit me or anyone.

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SMALL CHANGE

I’ve evaluated the things I’ve done, and I believe that there’s no way that the the letter “i,l” will ever be design as a 2×6 grid because it would look weird compared to the rest of the letters. It would however be design IN a 2×6 grid. I don’t know if im describing it right or not, but that’s what I decide to do.

Also, I moved the lowercase letters up a block and reduced a block as well. So it all aligns below (no descenders) with all the letters. It’s also shorter so there would be a significant difference between uppercase and lowercase.

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CARVED BLOX

Carved Blox

“WATER WHICH IS TOO PURE HAS NO FISH”

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NUMBER PROTOTYPE

Im pretty happy with the way the numbers came out. Nothing major, just used some elements from the letters to form the numbers. I need to decide which “4” and “8” to used. Work on the common symbols and I still need to refine some of the lowercase.

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