My first serious typeface design trial with fontstruct.com
Each letter has a width inverse to its frequency in English.
This font is a recreation of Richard Wisan's "ELITEQ.LQN" font file (c) 1990 for use with the program LQMATRIX. From Mr. Wisan's comment in the LQMATRIX documentation file: "ELITEQ.LQN: resembles Epson's resident Roman font, but slightly reduced to suit elite spacing."
LQMATRIX was a font design program for use with Epson LQ [Letter Quality] 24-pin dot matrix printers and compatibles. Created by noted linguist, anthropologist, and photographer J. David Sapir, the program had its beginnings in 1985 and was published by Jimmy Paris Software; the last known version that I have been able to find is version 4.44 (1991). Mr. Sapir included font set submissions from LQMATRIX users in some of the later updates; my version includes Mr. Wisan's file. A screenshot of the program is included in the comments section below.
While the graphics mode of dot matrix printers could print rather complex pictures, it remained extremely slow for large amounts of specialized text. By uploading an LQMATRIX font file into the printer's RAM, the temporary font could be used interchangeablely with the printer's resident ROM fonts. The result was a much faster print speed with little sacrifice in quality -- plus, one could design their own special glyphs or characters to suit their needs!
This was accomplish by a sophisticated design program included with LQMATRIX, whereby users could create and save characters or symbols on a 24 vertical by 15 horizontal grid for the ASCII locations 032–126 (although 001-127 were permitted). One could even place dots in the 14 half-positions along the horizontal.
I have cleaned-up some of the curvatures and harmonized a number of glyphs (along with outright modification of a few, like W and w), yet they still adhere to the same 24 x 15 grid. The original designs can be found beginning in the "More Latin" section. Because the characters for "left single quotation mark" and "right single quotation mark" were not present in DOS, I have "created" them here for sake of completion.
This is an amazing Blackletter pixel font! It is inspired by many Blackletter and Old English fonts! Comment and let me know what you think! If you put this on your own website, use a download link to this page! If you use this for something comment in the comments below about it and let me know! I like to see my fonts being used! UPDATES: 7/14/2014: - Started More Latin. 7/15/2014: - Added to More Latin. - Added more tags. 8/03/2014: - Added Greek characters. - Added more tags. INSPIRATION: - Most of the capitals, a few of the lower case, and the numbers were inspired by Medieval Pixel. - The rest of the lower case were inspired by Old English.
Clone of PIXELA CYR featuring some changes of the Cyrillic letters along with even more additional (extra) characters for Cyrillic and Latin. Note: it's a work-in-progress... more letters will be added in the future... this typeset may also receive a slightly differing derivative one day... EDIT1: I added support for the Finnish letters "å (Å)", "ä (Ä)" and "ö (Ö)".This is a clone of PIXELA CYR