Fonstruct now with spacing

I’m in a bad mood but this one cheered me up a bit. I already wrote about the awesome font creation tool Fontstruct before. I checked them out again and guess what: they FINALLY added features for letter spacing making the toolset pretty much complete. This is a free, simple, sexy and incredibly powerful tool for creating and manipulating fonts. A must-bookmark! I updated my 3 fonts a bit and with the new features I might be inclined to even complete a 4th one which I abandoned back then due to lack of spacing features. Here are they:

This one is a clone of the Link’s Awakening font. I adjusted the word spacing so it is more legible now. Note that you will have LOTS of foreign characters with this one. Them italics need room!

This is a clone of Arial in 9pt. It includes a few of a bit screwed up characters but sticks faithfully to the original. I made this because Arial sometimes messes up the spacing at this small size even if the letters stay legible. Great if you use Flash and want to ensure that your Arial stays crisp and legibe at this small size. Also it will look the same on pc and mac. This one also includes a ton of foreign characters.

This one is an adjustment of the excellent 04b03 font which I think is the smallest you can go with a pixel font. I know they are smaller ones but those are clearly beneath the legibility threshold, especially in longer texts. Reading text with this one may not be comfortable but reasonably possible. My only alteration was making the 1 equally spaced as the other numbers so you can print number in columns. Useful if you need to output a lot of numeric data in little space and still want to keep things legible.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

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