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Scarange by taejo Scarange by taejo
An elegant, well-balanced sans-serif heading font.

It is not finished. Please give advice, criticism and tips.

"Maelstrom" came about because my original inspiration was an Indic script called Malayalam or something, and the first English word I thought starting with the "mal" sound was "Maelstrom". But it doesn't describe the font at all. EDIT: It is now called Scarange. I'm not sure how much better it is.

This is my first font. I think I got a good result. It looks especially elegant at middle sizes (about 18 - 40 pt). At large sizes the bearings are too wide (the letters are too far apart). Somebody know how to do TrueType hinting? Can you help me, please? It is not intended for paragraph text, but is readable down to about 8 pt.

It was spaced automatically, and I have not kerned it yet. Apparently the Windows font renderer ignores kerning anyway. Does FreeType do the same?

It contains all the printable characters in 7-bit ASCII, plus a few more. Should eventually include all of MES-1.

Bold and possibly Oblique coming soon.

EDIT: Scarange has been quite significantly edited since this. Some of the letterforms are quite different ('M' now looks like an M and not 'Pl'), and some are more subtle improvements; the descenders are also significantly shorter (a good change). It has now been respaced by hand and I am busy with manual kerning. It now includes all of Latin-1 plus the Euro sign (or Latin-0 plus Universal Currency sign) as well as a few more. If you are interested in this version, please note me.
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:iconbarefootliam:
Have you considered contributing to the open font library maybe under the open font license initially developed by SIL...?

Liam

PS: old-style or non-ranging figures are becoming more popular again, now that OpenType makes them easier to use, in applications that are OT-aware; very few Linux applications are there yet, but it's coming!
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:icontaejo:
I'm not sold on the idea of FLOSS fonts.

Yes, I know text figures are on the up-and-up, and I think this is *awesome*. I don't really think they would fit in this face though.
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:iconbarefootliam:
Thanks for replying.

We (I contributed only a little) worked hard on the OFL, to try and make sure that artistic integrity would be preserved. For what it's worth, some of the fonts that have been given away in the past under various licences have been very strong sellers commercially after they were given away, largely because of the extra visibility, and because of documents distributed that use (but don't embed) the fonts. So I urge you to reconsider :D

I agree that this isn't a place for old-style figures.

Best,

Liam
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:iconsimpsonssam:
simpsonssam May 27, 2005   Filmographer
Good work.
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:iconrennegade:
well, I thought it was worth downloading so i did

the only thing that doesnt look completely right is the 4 look at the mid line of the three and 5 and every other letter that line on the 4 is lower. but then again it still looks alright

i dont see much else wrong so good job.
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:icontaejo:
Thank you for downloading, and for the comment.

However, I would like to point out that most fonts with uppercase numbers, the crossbar of the four is lower than that midline of 3 and E. This, for me, looks most natural. This is the case in Arial/Helvetica, Times and Courier. This font is designed to balance naturalness, readability and elegance. It looks mechanical, but has naturalistic variation. You will notice that the crossbars of t, E, f, A, etc. are all at slightly different heights.

(old-fashioned fonts have "lowercase numbers" where the crossbar of the 3 and 4 and bottom of the bowl of the 9 sit on the crossbar; for me, this makes numbers look very wobbly, as some have ascenders and others have descenders, so they neither have a flat top nor bottom. very few fonts [even in printing] these days use lowercase numbers).

Nevertheless I appreciate the input. Don't make this long schpiel discourage you; it is not meant to be a rant against you.
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:icondisfunktion:
Wow! I really like this! :D Great job!

Just studied typography so I should have a constructive crit for you...unfortunately my brain is very much dead today so it isn't wanting to come out. ;P I'll get it to you though...this is really great though. :D
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:iconcrazysheepie:
cool stuff max!
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:icontaejo:
Thanky. Glad you like it.
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