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No reference used at all. This is me drawing Paul Renner's original Futura from memory, without intending to. Actually, I was going for something more Avante Garde. It all started with the O and developed from there. The hardest letter = S. It was a real pain in the S. It was interesting afterward to compare the letters to Futura after finishing the caps. Futura - It was like the Helvetica of 1928. Bezziaire is an early experimental simulation of Bezier curves with FS2.0. Zooming 30% and below renders best results. Horizontal optical compensation added for the circular glyphs, as well as baseline overshoots. 060510 Oh yeah, this also has preliminary involvement with shasta's circle competition, which is seriously humbled by his Circle Cult.
Info: Created on 21st May 2010 . Last edited on 5th June 2010.
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I went to Fontstruct to escape these kinds of fonts and now they have also invaded the last territory they hadn't. SNIFF !
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 6th June 2010
Pleaassse Don't do Arial next, pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase i'm on my knees !
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 6th June 2010
Nice one Gene, nothing like a classic font to try out the new curvaciousness.

@ne: Be afraid ... be very afraid ... coming soon to this Cinema ... The Attack of the Classic Fonts
Comment by p2pnut 6th June 2010
@geneus1 --

Sure, this one's nice and all, but until you can recreate Comic Sans MS here, you've still got a long, long way to go, my friend... ;^)

(Neurone Error's head probably just exploded at the thought of THAT particular typeface being FontStructed.)
Comment by Goatmeal 6th June 2010
Statistics tells us that the probability of nothing is zero. Therefore, I submit, it would be awesomer if we could uncreate Comic Sans. Phase-inverted Comic Sans canceling displays, for instance. ;-)
Comment by thalamic 6th June 2010
this font is also gifted of optical correction ...

FUTURA your subconscient is to strong.. hope you look to closer to work of Connare


@NE t'es vraiment drole NE ;) mais je partage très bien ton opinion.


nice work no matter what
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 7th June 2010
@neurone error: But I have over 50 versions of Arial that I've worked really hard at, with large colorful samples of each of the individual letters that I need to share.
;-)

@p2pnut: Its funny you mention cinema in conjunction with classic fonts. I sometimes watch classic movies in the same way, identifying what storytelling and cinematic techniques stand the test of time. Citizen Kane and Casablanca come to mind with foundational techniques. Classic fonts have a similar appeal. After researching it, I didn't even know Futura came out in 1928.

@goatmeal: I agree, 'Comic Sans - the boldest of them aaalllll!!'
But it does get me a bit closer to Papyrus!

@thalamic: I would very much like to see the existing forms of such technology.

@Upixel: Ah, Vincent.
Each one of my current releases exercises something specifically, whether it is unseen internally or outwardly aesthetic. The original O was a perfectly symmetrical circle, but then the stroke width artifacts that are talked about in this article really stood out while previewing it. After a lot of experimentation, the final rendition became the best visually balanced solution at the selected grid size. The points on the A, V, and W also overshoot to balance adjacent letter forms. The resultant font, whether it looks like Futura or not, remains for me the physical evidence of the visual experimentation that I've set out for myself to explore and discover. Qu'on aime ou qu'on déteste, le choix est vôtre.
Comment by geneus1 7th June 2010
That's a great link from typographica. I didn't see that one.

At small sizes and with optical kerning this one prints very impressively (at least on a desktop printer).

Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 7th June 2010
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Bezziaire” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by afrojet 11th June 2010
thk for the reference of Vincent I never heard himself talking about his CS. He more humble about his masterpiece then I thaw :)

with sharp point of course without overshoot AMVW will look too small

"On aime, On aime"

Sorry my vocabulary is not enough strong in english but, I love your A the stroke (not sure of this is the right word) is low just like an Art Deco font but the rest is terribly géométrique ;)

You have all my admiration, great achievement


ps: I'm just about to give you my personal adress so you'll be able to send me all those sample of colored Faux-Arial ;)



Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 11th June 2010
how do you make these curves by "D" or "C" and by the other letters? with witch brick can I do this?
Comment by Colafroeschli 17th June 2010
wow. what is this magically sufficient x-height to render smooth curves?
Comment by 3moDuDe 24th August 2010
Great font! Reminds me of Neutra.
Comment by V. Sarela (Yautja) 11th October 2011
@neurone error: I had no idea you were such a WIMP!!!
Comment by anonymous-479865 22nd May 2012
@neurone micgio means no harm.
Comment by demonics 22nd May 2012
Very, very nice, but needs numbers and a few more symbols.
Comment by jphturtle 11th October 2012
This is a perfect example of what I have been trying to figure out how to make at Fontstruct. I mean, I don't want to redo Futura, but I need a circle much larger than a pidley 4 blocks square.

So I am extremely impressed and doubly baffled. How did you do this? What feature am I missing?

I tried scaling but couldn't place anything accurately. But I couldn't get these results no matter how hard I tried.

So, I am totally blown away. Please divulge the secret.
Comment by SymbioticDesign 22nd July 2013
SymbioticDesign — Here's the secret. Ready?

This tool.

Let me know if you need any more help. :-)
Comment by demonics 23rd July 2013
Also, it takes a bit of experience. It definitely isn't as streamlined or intuitive as Fontlab or Fontographer, but it really has its benefits. It took me about ten months to get the hang of these faux Bezier curves (as we call them), but when I did, it was a great moment.

Essentials to the building-curves-out-of-angles method are:

- Work on a large scale. Each letter should be at least thirty grid squares high or so if you're opting for this method.

— Take your time.

— Hit "Preview" a lot.


I know I felt the exact same way when I first started, as many others likely did, but none of us were able to voice our confusions quite as concisely as you. Great job. As you'll find out, FontStruct has a very supportive community. Welcome to the club. :-)
Comment by demonics 23rd July 2013

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