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Offline troflip

What's your favorite Sierra font?
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:57:19 PM »
Look for inspiration for my project... tired of the standard stuff. Were there any especially cool but still readable fonts in any Sierra games?


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Offline Kawa

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2016, 06:09:52 PM »
I particularly like Wilco Serif, myself.

Offline troflip

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 08:03:32 PM »
I played around with importing some TTF fonts... it's tough work, obviously, since vector fonts don't generally scale well to low resolutions.

Here are the best ones I got, from top to bottom:
OCR A (comes with windows) - edited so it's not monospace
SegoeScript (comes with windows) - obviously you wouldn't use this for your main font, but it's not bad if you need script)
SmallFont (got it somewhere on the internet) - remarkably readable for being so small
Wilco is the last one, for comparison...
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Offline troflip

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 08:07:44 PM »
Some second tier ones:

TerminalTiny (internet) - not bad readability for minuscule text
Wasco Sans (windows)
Motorwerk8 (internet)
SegeoPrint (windows) - probably more readable than SegoeScript
Alien (internet)

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Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2016, 08:12:14 PM »
Nice results! Those definitely look nice and crisp and not jagged or blocky at all...for low res, anyway.
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Offline OmerMor

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 01:08:32 AM »
Are you familiar with this:


                          FONTS_91



               ...dedicated to all those who use
             (and abuse) fonts on a regular basis...



Attempting to organize the mass of fonts that have been developed
over the past 4 years, we came up with the following naming convention:
the thousands digit indicates the type; the hundreds digit indicates
the font; and the last two digits indicate the height in pixels.
Therefore, font number 1208 is a san serif font 8 pixels tall.

1000 fonts -- SAN SERIF
2000 fonts -- SERIF
3000 fonts -- SCRIPT
4000 fonts -- BLOCK
5000 fonts -- DECORATIVE
6000 fonts -- HEADLINE

SERIFS are the teensy-weensy lines at the tops and bottoms of some
letters.  SAN SERIF are fonts without serifs ("san" being from the
Latin, "Sansabelt" or "Jaymar Ruby").  LEADING is the white space
between lines of type (the more lead, the farther apart the lines
are).  A short font history will follow (much later).


A complete list follows:
------------------------


SAN SERIF

1005    smallest readable upper/lowercase, narrow width, not recommended,
        use only in a (for a) pinch

1006    more readable, better proportions than 1005

1008     

1105    a kinda narrow Helvetica

1106    more leading that 1105

1207    medium width Helvetica-esque

1208    medium width Helvetica-ette

1307    wide Helvetica-like thing

1405    reverse of 1205 (as seen on Arnoid's helmet in SQ3)

1505    block caps where lowercase should be; symbols where uppercase
        should be.  (as made famous in SQ3 heirogyphics at end of
        Astro Chicken arcade game)



SERIF

2107    was originally font.0, a lovely Chicago ripoff

2108    known and loved as font.1; a "Herb Lubalin-like" masterpiece

2206    [work in progress]

2207    TSN's button font

2306    as seen in SQ2, but made famous by QFG1, nee HQ1

2308    like 2306, but 2 pixels taller

2309    an outline of 2306

2407    monospaced American typewriter

2508    a heavy black font to be used behind font ____ (?)

2510    a large, readable, Caslon-type type, semi-bold, with a hint of
        mint



SCRIPT

3008    script, Middle Ages, pretension yet easy to read

3110    Black Forest script, fussy, frilly, Robin Hoodie

3112    black background for 3110



BLOCK

4010    [work in progress]

4109    big and chunky, heavy, black

4112    even bigger.  With a touch of Western influence

4115    Helvetica Giant font.  From Larry2, "She's Naked!"

4210    Olde English



DECORATIVE

5110    outer space/computer OCR font.  From SQ2

5112    outline of 5110

5210    bold, larger version of 5110


Offline Kawa

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2016, 04:18:34 AM »
Well, "Sans Serif" but who's counting.

Offline troflip

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2016, 12:01:33 PM »
"pretension yet easy to read"

lol...


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Offline lskovlun

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 03:48:22 PM »
Well, "Sans Serif" but who's counting.
and it's not Latin, but French...

Offline troflip

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2016, 04:15:51 PM »
Sansabelt is an article of clothing, so I don't think they were being serious about "latin" (or much of anything).  :P

fwiw, Wikipedia says it can also be spelled "san serif", and that "serif" is dutch (and "sans" is French of course).
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Offline Kawa

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2016, 05:56:45 PM »
As a Dutchman, "serif" is not Dutch but "schreef" is.

Offline troflip

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2016, 06:15:59 PM »
Are you saying wikipedia had incorrect information?   **shudders in disbelief**




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Offline Kawa

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2016, 06:19:11 PM »
Dat is precies wat ik wil zeggen, ja!

Offline Collector

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:55 PM »
As a Dutchman, "serif" is not Dutch but "schreef" is.

The claim was NOT that is is the same as the Dutch word, but that it is derived from schreef.  The Wikipedia article was sourced the Webster's Third New International Dictionary

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serif

Quote
Origin and Etymology of serif

probably from Dutch schreef stroke, line,
from Middle Dutch, from schriven to write,
from Latin scribere more at scribe

Borrowing/modifying words from other languages is simply a linguistical aspect of the way languages evolve.

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Offline Kawa

Re: What's your favorite Sierra font?
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2016, 08:20:55 PM »
Phil said serif was Dutch, I denied it, he joked, I joked (I hoped that was clear from the sudden lang switch). Sit down, Colbro.


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