Retro gamin, wasted matrix

by dpla

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Comment by dpla 7th may 2017

These samples come from my project of usable 'micro' fonts.

This documentation reminds the newcomer, kid -pun- or not,

to be thrifty in both dimensions, when designing '3x5' glyphs.

You can train / get convinced using the original image above:

#01 1234567
#02 A
#03 BCDE
#04 FGHI
#05 JKLM
#06 N
#07 OPQR
#08 STUV
#09 WXYZ
#10 [\]
#11 a
#12 bcde
#13 fghi
#14 jklm
#15 n
#16 opqr
#17 stuv
#18 wxyz
#19 {|}
#20 ~ (top right after 90° rot.)
N/A !"#$%&'()*+,-./089:;<=>?@^_`

Comment by dpla 7th may 2017

gaming, gaming, gaming,

Comment by Guywah 7th july 2020

Hi, Guywah.


NEWS from me below…


Hello back from Paris!


5-dot hex
6-dot hex
7-dot hex
8-dot hex
9-dot hex
12-dot hex
13-dot hex
16-dot hex
18-dot hex
(US-ASCII from 8-dots and above = fonts;
may be rendered as e.g. stitching works,
pseudo-isometric blocks, diagonal LEDS…;
18-dot hex features hundreds of glyphs…)



> ERE informatique: softwares
Most complete list, for all machines.

> Pixel art: diagonals and rotations
Images and FR/EN docs sorted as:
(retro coding and graphics history intended
– by postponing the low-res Voxel art section).


'My' minimalist _US-ASCII_ pixel fonts project
is pending 1. my latest version of these sets,
and 2. my updated list of the comparable works
(for instance a lot of old 8-bit video games)…

+ More works of mine related to these fields
(which often take years to me to be released
– unreleased samples may be posted in private).

See you all soon again!

Comment by dpla 8th july 2020

dpla! Haven’t seen you in ages!!

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 8th july 2020

@TH3_C0N-MAN: you're quite right; glad to read you on FS.
I hope you are sill a good student, along with a passionate musician and retro coder. =°)


4 SELECTED SAMPLES should follow – all from these short-term projects of mine…
• 08-dot hex: “8-dot-tall-hex-us-ascii-font-2020-01-17-by-dpla-3d-700px.png”
• 09-dot hex: “max-5-block-solid-3x3-lowercase-2017-05-31-by-dpla-3d-700px.png”
• 18-dot hex: “3zx4-18-dot-diagonal-ascii-font-2019-12-by-dpla-feat-the-brain-1969-gaumont.gif”
• “pixel-art-diagonals-and-rotations-2019-01-30-till-09-11-by-dpla-01b-main-fig-neg-360px-x1-3gray-gma.png”.


Comment by dpla 8th july 2020
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Comment by dpla 8th july 2020
Comment by dpla 8th july 2020

@dpla - Nice to your return!  :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 8th july 2020

@dpla - Sorry -- Nice to SEE your return!  :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 8th july 2020


Actually, I finished school. I’m sitting at work right now! Still make music and code, yes.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 9th july 2020

And your samples get better and better!

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 9th july 2020

@TH3_C0N-MAN: great and encouraging semi-private news of yours!
(I'll try to log in FS again before 2050 – I might be dying then, while you'd be busy teaching fontstructions and code to your grand children…)

@Goatmeal & Guywah: thank you; I cannot comment elsewhere for the moment, as I had to postpone my reviews of the 'standard' very low-res pixel fontstructions…
(Historically speaking, their priority is **lower** in 'my' main project [for its documentation and comparison] than in the 1980s/1990s similar designs/trials. For example, I'll archive the 2×2-pixel digits from the old commercial video games at first; next, but without a scheduled date, all their clones or modern 'converging creations', like Guywah's recent “NTX_2x2” and a plethora of retro gamin' stuff/people.)


SAMPLE TRIO below – the 18-dot hexagonal design turned out to be the seminal one…
• “18-dot-tall-hex-3x4-alike-ascii-font-sample-2019-11-23-by-dpla-3d-700px.png”
• “16-dot-tall-pointing-down-hex-us-ascii-font-edit-from-18-dot-2020-01-24-by-dpla-3d-700px.png”
• “13-dot-x-cross-hex-us-ascii-edit-from-16-dot-2020-04-11-by-dpla-3d-700px.png”.

(Their fontstructions may be built one day… contact me for your derived works.)

Comment by dpla 9th july 2020
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