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This is the forum for typographic inspiration and motivation. Many people (including myself!) have FontStructor's block, where they're unable to manifest new ideas for typefaces. This forum is the remedy.

If you are suffering from FontStructor's block or would just like to offer inspiration, motivation, or creative applications of typography, this is your place.

Also: today marks the rollout of forum 2.0, complete with all-new and revamped forums. Stay tuned for more, and be sure to check out all the newly redone forums!
Comment by User-Founded FontStruct Discussions (forum) 11th August 2013
What happened to the Fontstructor? Mine's works
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 11th August 2013
This is a font Betaport I recently made just for fun. Inspired by beatport's logo. You guys can try making it with fontstructor, or add Uppercase:
Comment by architaraz 12th August 2013
Comment by architaraz 12th August 2013
Did you do it WITH the fontstructor?
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 12th August 2013
Oh, no, of course not, you have to work with beziers in fontstructor to achieve that, which I can't. I made it with font creator, nothing special, just imported logo and copy-paste, and it's not actually very accurate.
Comment by architaraz 12th August 2013
I'm now working in a clone of the font that Avicii uses in his latest videos. I made it with the Font Creator too (It's also not very accurate)
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 12th August 2013
@1saac:
Cool! You should hurry up, I have a feeling that you're not the only one who's trying to recreate it, this font's been requested all over the internet :).
Comment by architaraz 12th August 2013
Im inspired by Herb Lubalin and all the other great designers out there, but it doesn't really show well in my fonts. Just a little more ligatures.
Comment by Ryan Brotherston (rilencavy) 12th August 2013
I am sometimes inspired by 'unusual' shapes of letters I find in the fonts I download.
Sometimes I am inspired by a plant or animal I see, or by nature photos (specially the close-ups).

But more often I am inspired by a word, situation, name: it invites me to create a font that expresses what I feel or know when hearing the word.

Unfortunately I don't always have the time to build a complete character set so it stays in the initial stage of 'idea' or 'adaptation' - I am one of those fontstructors who "keep private" a lot of fonts simply because they need or deserve more time spent on them than I have available when the inspiration enters my mind. I tend to work on them when I have fontstructor's block ...
Comment by Aeolien 12th August 2013
I've always been inspired by band logos, as well as games, ever since I was a kid. I've designed a few here and there for friends, but I've always loved typography--it's one of the many artistic mediums I like.
Comment by sarreyn 12th August 2013
I'm inspired by moderate and clean fonts that are frequently used. Those inspired me to make beziers.
Comment by Isaiah Garcia 13th August 2013
I'm usually inspired by music (ok, that's strange XD) It happens to me all of the time that I'm listening to the radio and I can't stop thinking how would the CD cover be like, and what kind of font would go with the music.
Comment by Icelar 13th August 2013
I'm also addicted to any kind of type review (old posters, books, CD's, etc.) But specially Magazines. Oh, magazines, my treasure...
Comment by Icelar 13th August 2013
Comment by demonics 17th August 2013
A logo for a translation service I designed using FontStruct. (Not the speech bubble, of course.)
Comment by demonics 17th August 2013
Nice! What is its name?
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 18th August 2013
@demonics: looking good!
Comment by four 18th August 2013
1saac, four — Thanks! It's a friend's business called Aish Maten.
Comment by demonics 18th August 2013
I designed this logo for my company, WDS. Feel free to make a similar logo :)
Comment by Noah (winty5) 22nd August 2013
And doesn't the font used for this guitar pedal look like it was made in FS?
Comment by Noah (winty5) 22nd August 2013
What about a little inspiration game? =)

1. Pick randomly two words from the list below.

2.Try to make a fontstruct that has the two features you picked up.

3. Enjoy!

Blackletter,Circus,Didone,Striped,Art Decó,Glyphic,BrokenLetters,Distorted/Eroded,Western,Outline,SlabSerif,Terror,Stencil,Unicase,Schadowed,Cómic,Dingbat,Script,Inline,ArtNouveau,Grafitty,Futuristic,Dotted,ClassicRoman,Madlydecorated,Inverted,Sketchy,SansSerif,ForeignAlphabet,Ultrathin.
Comment by Icelar 25th August 2013
Sorry!

Blackletter,Circus,Didone,
Stripped,ArtDecó,Glyphic,
BrokenLetters,Distorted/Eroded,
Western,Outline,SlabSerif,
Terror,Stencil,Unicase,
Schadowed,Cómic,Dingbat,
Script,Inline,ArtNouveau,
Grafitty,Futuristic,Classic proportions,
SansSerif,ultra thin, just outline,
Foreign alphabet, Madly decorated,
Dotted, Sketchy.
Comment by Icelar 25th August 2013
Icelar-

I know of a website thats sorta like that.

Visit Typecooker.com for some good typographic inspiration!
Comment by Noah (winty5) 25th August 2013
@ Icelar: great idea, thanks. I am working on a font now, tags will be: ""Inspiration, Fontstructcomfontstructionsshow8607776060""
Comment by Aeolien 25th August 2013
Comment by architaraz 9th September 2013
Hi, friendstructors. I've made a font inspired by VAIO's logo. Check it out on dafont
, it's free :)
Comment by architaraz 9th September 2013
Visit Behance for more samples. Thanks!
Comment by architaraz 9th September 2013
@architaraz: Nice font, but what does mean the "con Dios" (with God) sufix. I'm Spanish but I cannot understand why you added it.

@winty5: WDS is a real company? I'll make a sample!
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 22nd September 2013
@me: Little fail, "Is WDS a real company?"
Comment by Isaac González (1saac) 22nd September 2013
@1saac: I wanted font's name to contain word VAIO, easier to find, but of course I couldn't name it just VAIO. Vaya almost sounds like Vaio, and I found an old SONY project with the same name. I don't speak Spanish, but I hope it doesn't sound abusive.
Comment by architaraz 23rd September 2013
Just published a font made from will.i.am's logo, check it out on dafont
Comment by architaraz 17th December 2013
Comment by architaraz 17th December 2013
hey folks,
does anyone else know this moment, when the lights are dimmed, its about 3 o'clock in the morning and you are totally into the mode of fontstructing anything. Once you take your eyes off the screen, you realize, how tired your eyes are and so it's about adjusting brightness, contrast and so ever on your screen just to make it less "flashing". It ended not seeing the grid anymore enough.
Thats when i thought, it would be cool to have a "night mode" :)
I could imagine it's not a huge challenge to realize this, but i could be totally wrong as well. I'm talking about an inverted view...
Community, how are your thoughts about this?
Comment by kix 1st March 2014
Hmmmm? I guess that might be nature's way of saying "go to bed" :)

My version of this is listening to loud rock/blues on the headphones in the middle of the night and thinking 'maybe I ought to listen to something a bit more calming!'
Comment by p2pnut 1st March 2014
@kix Do you have a Apple device?
Comment by j4s13 2nd March 2014
@1saac: Depends on how u define real :P
It's not like Microsoft or Adobe or something, and it doesn't actually sell anything, so I guess it;s not technically real. You can still design stuff for it if you want.
Comment by Noah (winty5) 26th May 2014
PICK ANY 4

Classification:

Sans,Serif,Blackletter,Display,Script,Dingbats

Style:

Geometric, Connected, Bold, Italic, Unicase, Minimalist, Distorted, Hairline, Comic, Handwritten, Monospaced, Pixel

With...

Ligatures, Swashes, Accents, Cyrillic, Greek

That is a good pair with:
Braggadocio, Arista, Times New Roman, Helvetica, Comic Sans, Futura, Baskerville, Clarendon, DIN, Vera Mono, Univers, Magneto

Comment by Noah (winty5) 8th June 2014
What is the deal on fonts that are inspired by a logo?

That is, if I can easily recreate the logo using the font, but then go on the "look and feel" to create all the other letters and numbers, and add some similar styled punctuation and symbols, am I in violation of a Copyright because it can recreate a logo?

Or worse, am I setting someone else up for a fall because they might use the font to recreate the logo?

Is it best if I stay away from this type of stuff altogether, or can I make a font that is similar to whatever logo inspired it without being able to recreate the logo (but allow its spirit to shine though)?

Or just no?
Comment by SymbioticDesign 8th June 2014
Don't forget:
Thick, Caption, Book, Display, Semi-Bold, Black, Light, Extra light, etc.
and
Bodoni, Gotham, etc.

Serif, Ligatures and Accents (didn't tell me how to use the 4), Gotham
or
Book serif with ligatures and pairs well with Gotham.
if it were unlimited:
"Texitham is a serif that comes in 4 optical sizes and regular, bold, italic, and bold italic. It pairs well with Gotham, Montserrat, Helvetica, and other similar fonts."
Comment by j4s13 8th June 2014
@j4s13:

PICK ANY 4

Classification:

Sans,Serif,Blackletter,Display,Script,Dingbats

Style:

Geometric, Connected, Bold, Italic, Unicase, Minimalist, Distorted, Hairline, Comic, Handwritten, Monospaced, Pixel, Thick, Caption, Book, Semibold, Black, Light

With...

Ligatures, Swashes, Accents, Cyrillic, Greek

That is a good pair with:
Braggadocio, Arista, Times New Roman, Helvetica, Comic Sans, Futura, Baskerville, Clarendon, DIN, Vera Mono, Univers, Magneto, Bodoni, Gotham, Lucida Handwriting, Hercanulum, Lucida Grande, Monaco, VAG Rounded, Palatino, Rockwell, Tahoma, Zapfino


Comment by Noah (winty5) 8th June 2014
And looks nice in...

A book, an IPad, a computer, on a poster, in a video, on a tattoo, a church, an emergency room, a corporate building, a road sign, on a keyboard.
Comment by Noah (winty5) 8th June 2014
Also if you want to name a font but can't think up a good name, here are some:

Fullerton
Bootup
Grike
Parenka
Otama
Quixon
Calamit
Endo
Taurus
Octium
Booten
Ponta
Kinata
Makarite

I made up most of these or saw them somewhere.
Comment by Noah (winty5) 8th June 2014
@SymbioticDesign: You can freely create a font based off a logo. If it's simply inspiration for your design, then it's still your design. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that you wish to create a font through inspiration, and are not simply copying another design. If you, say, copied said font without changing any aspect of it, that would be infringement.
Comment by TCWhite 9th June 2014
Thanks. So, since one of my fonts nearly exactly recreates a logo, I need to change it some (the letters in the logo).

Funny thing is that even though I did all the other letters in the spirit of the letters used in the logo, once I started checking things out I realized that they had a totally different idea for those letters.
Comment by SymbioticDesign 10th June 2014
@AFT:
Comment by Noah (winty5) 13th June 2014
Font "ARK" i found on dafont
Comment by Noah (winty5) 13th June 2014
Need some inspiration? Check this out!

http://www.apeloig.com/typographie.php
Comment by Noah (winty5) 13th June 2014
Also, my dad collects guitar pedals, and some of them have really cool fonts. I might try fontstructing some of these:
Comment by Noah (winty5) 17th June 2014
Comment by Noah (winty5) 17th June 2014

Looking for fonting ideas I realised that "Fontouts" are a great stimulant and that the last one was long ago. Could we have one for Christmassy fonts? Or general party fonts?

Comment by Aeolien 15th November 2015

I was inspired by Winty's ideas and made a "font" to help people with FontStructors block decide the basic style of a font/: http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1306186/inspired-font-2 You need to read the font's 'description' to find out how it can be used.

Comment by Aeolien 17th January 2017

Hello people, want to say thanks for all your info here, have locking for such a forum for long time!

Comment by Wilken 13th June 2017

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Comment by Wilken 13th June 2017

The macaroni brick, but 8x as large...

Comment by anonymous-1520403 28th February 2019

Who is ready for the forthcoming new improved custom brick tool?🎅🎅

I still have to add some missing catagories such as slants, before its ready to get published, but Im working on it very hard and its nearing completion!

Comment by Sed4tives 10th March 2019
Comment by Sed4tives 10th March 2019

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