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FONT MAKING: “IMPORT ADDICTS” versus “CONTOUR PURISTS”

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The first decision for a font is the idea, of course.  But what happens next can get messy. One of the very early decisions a font-maker has to make is the choice between the following: CREATE contours from scratch which in English means “To Draw.” INSERT IMAGES which means the contours are automated.  That means the contours for the images are scanned or calculated from an image. The question is, which is best to create fonts: "To Contour or To Image?"   There is no exact and repeatable method or algorithm for that decision.  The font creator is constantly battling...

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SQUARE FITS CIRCLE, THUS MATH FITS ART (PART 2 of 2)

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IF SQUARE FITS CIRCLE THEN MATH FITS ART: THE INVERSE IS LOGICAL (PART 2 of 2) The following illustrations summarize the narrative in Part 1.   In the art of math, it is possible to fit a square into a circle, as illustrated in the image below.   In the art of math, it is possible to fit a circle into a square, as illustrated in the image below.   A lot of art occurs in math and likewise, a lot of math occurs in art as well (explained further ahead).  In Part 1, I stated as follows:                 ...

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SQUARE FITS CIRCLE, THUS MATH FITS ART (PART 1 of 2)

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Can a round peg fit into a square hole?  That depends on how you interpret the word FIT.   In the art of math, it is possible to fit a square into a circle, as illustrated in the image below.   In the art of math, it is possible to fit a circle into a square, as illustrated in the image below.   The fit images above, square-in-circle and circle-in-square, is art. A lot of art occurs in math and likewise, a lot of math occurs in art as well (explained further ahead).   Great writers are renowned for their...

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THE BIGGEST USERS OF KAMAHAPA FONTS

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This time, we thought to return to interlaced visuals. We get asked a lot of, "Is anyone interested in your fonts?" The simplistic anser is, YES . . .  Then follows the BUT . . . We folks want is Accessorized Fonts Not just plain fonts, but fonts that have bells and whistles (features). So we took the challenge and made a Font App.   Below: A glimps of the demography of our Fonts App as of November 10, 2015   Below, a screenshot of the KH3 app   Below, the versions of Android devices using the KH3 Fonts app...

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FONT DECORATING & THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM: PART 3 of 3

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In Part 1, we compared the simplicity of Latin (European origin) characters to Asian and Middle-Eastern (Arabic) characters in so far as how much effort it would take to re-decorate them.  The visual examples showed, clearly, that Latin characters have fewer ink-strokes when translated to Asian or Arabic characters; glyph-to-glyph. However, we also looked at meaning in a single Latin alphabet letter versus meaning in an Asian and Arabic alphabet character.  In that framework, we illustrated that the meaning of most Latin characters is reduced to a sound or visual icon versus many Asian and Arabic characters that denote a...

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