Ever since I saw jonrgrover's "Heavy Chain", I wondered what forms of Celtic knotwork and chainmail weave could be created on a small grid. This design contains all the ones I have found so far. Feel free to clone this or make suggestions!
All these designs are 1x1 or 2x2; I made larger swatches to show how they tessellate and can form even larger shapes.
If you clone this, I recommend opening another new FontStruction at the same time, then copy-pasting the knots you want from the cloned project over to the new one. This will help reduce the chance that your creation gets corrupted.
149 custom bricks for your perusal! Only custom bricks are in the palette, so you can clone this and easily start drawing right away.
I'll definitely be adding more with time. I love this sort of experimentation!
Designed for those members who want inspiration, it could guide them when they need ideas on which to base a font.
Use this like a font: close your eyes and type a 'word' with at least 5 letters -unless you can touch-type this word won't make much sense; you could instead write your own full name or your favourite film title etcetc. You don't need a real word, just hit different keys and then look at the line of glyphs ;)
One half of your word must be in upper case letters, the other half in lower case .
Then look at the [first or] second and the [last or] one before last letter of your 'word'.
The UC will give you an 'image', the meaning of this is transmitted (in the widest sense) by your font; the LC gives the type of look your font should have. You now have 2 guides/ideas/starting points which influence the kind of font you make.
Remember that you look at concepts, invisible messages and your own experience or lack of knowledge, as well as the visible things in the images I drew.
Your font design is guided by a main theme and a way to present it/a style of expression. This is influenced a little or a lot by each UC 'image', and you adjust the look of your font according to the "feeling"/a memory/a dream or wish/an experience/lack of familiarity that you have about the illustration. The presentation of the font, the style of the font, is determined by the LC. All you have to do is combine these two aspects.
In my 'comment' below I give you a few ideas of what could be linked to each of my UC letters; it is up to your areas of study or experience or interest, and the time you want to use for designing and building your fonts, which -if any- of the proposed words and concepts I mention you want to combine with the type of presentation you found in the LC letter.
Your font should "illustrate", convey your feeling about the images you 'wrote' if you don't want to make a font that shows the object itself or is directly based on it. Chose a good name for your font, it is not necessary to name it after an object or concept you based your font on.
Note: the "INSPIRED FONT" is in development; when I have more illustrations for objects, situations, feelings etc or styles of presentation (I am open to suggestions!) I will try to find a suitable design to add to the glyphs as there are still a few empty slots in the Basic Latin set ;)
Fun inspiration. I might add some alternates if I feel the need;) but as it has taken me this long to add occasional glyphs adapted from my own unpublished collection I suggest you sit back and find your own muse to invade your mind, encouraging you to add more glyphs and share with us your own versions of this style, based on your own unpublished and experimental fonts.