Silkscreen

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Credits

Designer(s)
Jason Kottke
Foundry(ies)
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Release Year
1999
Country of Origin
United States
Classification
Ornamented, Novelty, Dot Matrix
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
Kottke.org
Tags
pixel

Background

Silkscreen was designed from scratch using Adobe Photoshop 5.02 and Macromedia Fontographer 3.52 on Windows NT 4.0.

First I used the pencil tool in Photoshop to draw all of the letters. For each character, I tried to make it as skinny and short as I could. It turned out that the largest characters were 5×5 pixels (not counting the ascenders and descenders), but most were 4×5 pixels. After drawing out each character, I played around with different letterforms on several characters before finalizing each one. Then I formed the characters into short sentences to determine the spacing for each character.

After all the characters were designed in Photoshop, I drew the fonts by hand in Fontographer. I could have imported the letters as bitmaps, but I wanted to make Silkscreen as precise as possible and also wanted to learn as much as I could about Fontographer. When the characters were finished for all four fonts, I generated Windows TrueType versions of them.

I then sent the Windows TrueType versions to Ray @ theMaxx for some conversion. Ray used his copy of Fontographer to make Mac versions of Silkscreen. Thanks, Ray.

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Last edited by Dan Mall on December 10, 2009, 06:35am EST

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