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This fs may be used on it's own, but it is designed to be used in conjunction with fs Stack Overflow so any two letters may be stacked one on top of another to create interesting word shapes and unconventional flow.

It looks simple but the execution was surprisingly involved. The idea was to do the letters in as few bricks as possible. Filters. 1.75...to be exact. Again, the geometry did not work out because custom bricks had to be formed to create the fine breaks and they did not line up with the assumed filter. A little bit of algebra later (yes kids, algebra does help in real life) 1.6 was determined as the proper filter setting.

Having built the letters as desired, with many a tweak before finalization, it was on to Overflow, which necessitated a reduction of the letters in half. That was easier said than done because of the filters. Some of the letters just did not translate exactly at half scale at 1.6 filter. Had to scrap the whole thing.

The only option remaining was to double the size and use the double size glyphs for Stack and move the existing Stack glyphs to Overflow. Doubling allowed finer glyph construction. Plenty of diversions later, what came out as reasonable was a strict following of my own grid. Figures.

It is now to the point where I can send it out in the world. I must do that before I do the sample because both thalamic and minimum accounts give a 500 Server Error when attempting a download. Luckily, I have yet another secret account which I will use to attempt download. I hope that works because I am in no mood to build words by taking screenshots and copy/pasting individual letters.

This was supposed to be a simple idea with a simple execution. It should not have taken this long. I'm really curious to see how successful the idea was. Here goes...
Info: Created on 17th July 2014 . Last edited on 28th July 2014.
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Comment by minimum 30th July 2014
Fabulous design in your unmistakable style. I guess, the 1.75 filter accounts for the thin gaps between and within the glyphs. I also presume, you wanted to keep the width of gaps the same for the large letters too. At least your nice demo pic suggests that. To avoid a lot of hassle, try the following next time:
1. Create the font with filters, say 1.75
2. Clone it, and change the filter setting to 1.5 - that would result in gaps twice as wide. That's all.

Use the version with double sized gaps at half font size compared to the other version, so as to get the gaps the same width.

Similarly, filters of 1.6, 1.4, and 1.2 result in gaps of double, triple, and quadruple width respectively, where the setting 1.8 is the single width. In that case, you can use the letters at double, triple, and quadruple size (the latter one at 1.8) and still retain the same thin gaps. This method would render the use of such peculiar supplement fonts, as Overflow, redundant. Tell me if it worked for you. 10/10

PS.: I fondly agree with you on the practical use of Ye Olde Algebra.
Comment by Frodo7 31st July 2014
Look at us! We are nerds! :D
ingenious btw
Comment by kix 1st August 2014
Great! - even if my brain hurts from reading all that maths.
Comment by p2pnut 1st August 2014
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “fs Stack” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 11th August 2014

Lovr it - a bit of Bauhaus, a bit of Mondrian...

Comment by jvne77 26th July 2017

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