Resolution 3x3

by tomchatter

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The Resolution font is designed as a conceptual piece of work, complementing my research in the cognitive and graphic aspects of type. I began working with this form in the summer of 2011 by creating the symbols which would fit into a certain matrix and consist of as little square pixels as possible, thus approaching the conceptual and peceptual boundaries of legibility. After Resolution 3x4 I went further and designed Resolution 3x3, which is even more closer to the limit of legibility than 3x4. There is an important aspect in such minimalistic and conceptual approach–-it is the similarity of these types with the weaving patterns, which can be traced back to many archaic European cultures. The Resolution font makes a tribute to these original, pre-alphabetic systems of information encoding through weaving patterns. At the same time Resolution font is made to emphasize the importance of square pixel as a structural and conceptual limit of digital reality, which comes to an end when a certain resolution is reached. It applies both to visual encoding of information (with pixel as a graphic building block) and the structure of information proper (the true-false logic). Instead of creating the illusion of continuity, Resolution font is about being aware of the media and digital (and thus quantized) nature of an image which is falsely perceived as continuous.


I think that if you're interested in a much more conceptual/minimalist approach in type, i enjoin you to check out the NT series of Yamaw, you can type his name on the search box of the Everything section (cause frankly, even if it's a good 3x3, i don't see the artistic plus you talk about here, not more than in the already numerous 3x3 and 3x4 pixels fonts in Fontstruct. With his excellent Nt series, Yamaw is the only one i know who had a different, more conceptual/artistic than really typographic approach of minimalistic fonts.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 26th October 2011
[-] : At least 26 missing chars (no lower case) + 9 chars in 3x4 + 2 chars with a space in between makes it quite an incomplete artwork again, hence another unusable font (for the ones that need at least ASCII chrs like me) ; [+] : good legibility (with this - too short - sample), which might have made Abneurone Fluid Types a bit jealous (see 'TESTAMENT 34 / Neuromicr', actually a *** large & unreadable *** font). BTW Yamaw's minimalistic approach would be far from useful in the type design IMHO, instead of e.g. the vector field of aUtists (a FRench pun, my bad !). So, I'd rather see FontStruct stay a place to create/get/share nice F.O.N.T.S., not irrelevant sketches of 'dummy characters'. Keep up the good job, tomchatter !
Comment by dpla 8th March 2013

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