fs Permutation IV

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Cloned from fs Permutation I by thalamic. See also fs Permutation VI by thalamic.

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Permutation: The act of changing the arrangement of a given number of elements.

One font, two different brick combinations.

Picking any two bricks from the 169 available gives a total possible combinations of 14196 (169C2) different fonts. Counting a certain kinds of bricks as one--all four 45degree, for instance--gives 36 unique bricks, resulting in 630 (36C2) unique combinations or fonts.

In this font, if the bricks are swapped with each other, the result will be a different font. Hence order of the bricks matter. In which case, nCr (combinations) is not the right choice. What's needed is nPr (permutations). 169P2 gives 28392 permutations and a 36P2 gives 1260 permutations.

So, at a minimum, 1260 fonts are possible with the current implementation of FontStruct, with just this particular layout of bricks.

Staggering.
Info: Created on 27th March 2009 . Last edited on 19th June 2009.
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5 Comments

Comment by thalamic 27th March 2009
I love how in typefaces such as this one there are whole villages of smaller letterforms at play. I see h's with impossibly tall ascenders. There's a y secretly making out with an ultra extended E, hidden behind a wall so the constructivist k remains unaware of the infidelity.
Comment by afrojet 3rd April 2009
If you stare at this long enough, it goes all 3D like those 3D pictures from the 90's.


.......may be it's just me :-)
Comment by djnippa 5th April 2009
@afrojet: I didn't even notice that. Cool.

@djnippa: Unintentional side-effect. After doing the sample, it reminded me of Scarabaeus on the C64--pixelated bas-relief returns from the 80s.
Comment by thalamic 5th April 2009
thalamic I can't believe you dreamed this up. It's beyond the beyond.
Comment by intaglio 10th August 2009

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