Pin Strike

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Still preoccupied with simple typefaces that could have come from a dot matrix printer. Here's another new design.
Info: Created on 25th February 2015 . Last edited on 3rd April 2015.
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Comment by Goatmeal 20th March 2015
I see your fascination towards dot matrix fonts. You've made several excellent works of this kind in the past few years. It is like true love that never ends, but grows stronger with time.

Back in the 1980s dot matrix printers were ubiquitous in offices. I remember their chirping sound, as the printing head moved across the paper line after line. It is hard not to love those humble machines, as they faithfully served us for many hears.

Pin Strike - what an apt name - has got as close as possible to the look and feel of the original print outs. I think, you must have some stacks of old listing paper with printings on. You've done a beautiful job replicating the small details, the odd letter spacing, the merging dots, etc. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 20th March 2015
Great font, I'm with Frodo7, and what a lot of funny memories about the troubles with the continuous paper on those old printers... My 10 is 4 U, compañero.
Comment by elmoyenique 21st March 2015
A great rendition of the 'advanced' ability of pin strike!
Comment by p2pnut 21st March 2015
@Frodo7 - Thank you. I agree: computers are much too quiet today. I miss the hum of the floppy drives, the buzz of the printers, and the chirps of the modems!
Comment by Goatmeal 21st March 2015
@elmoyenique & @p2pnut - Thank you both for your kind words and great memories!
Comment by Goatmeal 21st March 2015
@Frodo7 & Goatmeal. Your comments reminded me of an art project I did in the early 90s when I was in SJSU. The assignment was to re-purpose a machine to do something it was not meant to do. So I took my loud Apple Imagewriter II dot matrix printer and made it play music. I created a text file that "played" the William Tell Overture whenever it was printed. It basically turned each character into pins that created sound for antique music boxes. The teacher liked it so much he said he was going to hang the printout on his wall. The project eventually made it to the SJSU art gallery for a collective student art exhibition. This font brings it all back. Thanks for making it real, Goatmeal!
Comment by geneus1 21st March 2015
@geneus1 - Thank you for sharing that memory. Having seen similar videos using floppy drives, I can only imagine how great yours sounded!
Comment by Goatmeal 21st March 2015
I remember seeing the miles of fanfold paper with an impressive width, folding itself into the printer and then out into a stack and more often into another box.
Music, how great is that! Our modern printers only make ghastly 'noise' :/
Comment by Aeolien 22nd March 2015
Update for "Pin Strike" -- Now with More Latin Characters!
Comment by Goatmeal 3rd April 2015
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