Font Picks: First Go as of 03-26-08

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Font Picks: First Go as of 03-26-08

Post  Baron Saarthuran on Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:24 am

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Re: Font Picks: First Go as of 03-26-08

Post  far-trader on Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:23 am

Excellent choices there! I vote Optima for narration, and love the Zho untranslated font. What is it?

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Post  Baron Saarthuran on Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:55 am

It is a font called "Roswell Wreckage" I figured it looked constrained enough to represent something from so rigid a society
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Post  far-trader on Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:05 am

Baron Saarthuran wrote:It is a font called "Roswell Wreckage"...

Ah! That's why it looks so familiar Smile

I think it fits the Zho nicely, even more so knowing the name now. Hmm, wonder if there's never been a Zho text sample in some publication. Like the canon Imperial font what's name I forget at the moment, it'll come to me, no matter. I don't recall ever seeing any Zho labeling on anything but might have missed it. I like the Roswell font, just if there was some canon sample it might be better to use that if available.

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Post  Beech on Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:30 am

far-trader wrote:Excellent choices there! I vote Optima for narration

I totally agree!

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Post  Baron Saarthuran on Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:06 pm

Optima is totally the one for this. What about Narration Box background color? Yellow is classic comic style, and orange I have seen used well in european style comics like in Heavy Metal and such to good effect. The trick with optima will be in scaling it and having it heavy enough to not look wimpy.
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Post  Baron Saarthuran on Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:25 pm



Presented are four narration boxes with Optima represented in all its incarnations. We have to look at objectively and pick a method that is easy to read and has a good overall look. I added a slight drop shadow to the boxes to stand them out more a bit.
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Post  far-trader on Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:12 pm

I think my vote is for the last one, the narrow italicized. But I'm seeing some yellow bleed around the box shadow. Is it my vision or monitor doing some blurriness? Or maybe the scaling on the page? Or an optical trick? Previous I was going to vote for orange anyway, to differentiate it from the other non-dialog (radio chatter, computer, whatever). Though the box style could do the same. I wonder, could you do the same sample in orange to compare? Or maybe just hue the yellow a bit more red? Thanks.

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Post  Baron Saarthuran on Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:41 am

The yellow is on my end, it is the image of the text box reversed, sorry for confusion.

I am influenced by using yellow for machine voices from reading the Avengers growing up. The Character the Vision has a distinct method of dialog ballon.

I vote for orange to, with a light italic optima as well. The darker ones are a little hard on the eyes, and the regular font (non italic) is sort of hard to read at a glance. Bear in mind that any color combination of text and box is possible, of course. I am not sure if you guys have seen the comic Tom Strong, but they do some very interesting and still legible font work in those.
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Post  Magnus von Thornwood on Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:37 pm

Baron Saarthuran wrote:The yellow is on my end, it is the image of the text box reversed, sorry for confusion.

I am influenced by using yellow for machine voices from reading the Avengers growing up. The Character the Vision has a distinct method of dialog ballon.

I vote for orange to, with a light italic optima as well. The darker ones are a little hard on the eyes, and the regular font (non italic) is sort of hard to read at a glance. Bear in mind that any color combination of text and box is possible, of course. I am not sure if you guys have seen the comic Tom Strong, but they do some very interesting and still legible font work in those.
The Vision totally rocked and made a baby with the Scarlet Witch, what ever happened to that little tyke anyway?

Honestly, I dig number 3 best, then number 1. Also why go with yellow or orange...why not a say a I don't know, ummmm, light green, wait, darnit, that's for the ImpArmy Dialogs. :p
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