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I’m still here folks. It’s been a while since I’ve had time for the Clean Cut project, what with my MFA thesis to work on. Truth is, I still don’t have time but I’ve gone back to working on ’em anyway. In the interim I’ve taken a proper typeface design class and I’m interning at a type design studio. With much newfound knowledge about type and letterforms (not to mention proper spacing) I’m making improvements to my little family of stencil fonts. Lugnut is being extensively overhauled, and Sliced is receiving some much-needed tweakage. Once Sliced is in a place where I’m happy with it, I can generate Diced fairly easily. Then, it’s on to Lazy Vandal in its variations. I never really completed artwork for the letterforms, just sketches. I have a feeling some of the letters in Lazy vandal will be problematic when cut in paper, due to some sharp angles I’d rather avoid. Testing should be interesting.

Again, all this renewed interest has mainly served to distract me from thesis, so don’t expect huge amounts of progress soon. I have not, however, abandoned the project.

A colleague of mine raised an important point today.  She pointed out that safe cutting with a hobby knife means cutting away from your body.  This means cutting out text from bottom to top.  This reversal of stroke certainly affects my design using straight lines and curves.  Many curves need to be reversed to comply to this.  I think this may end up causing the left-handed and right-handed versions to swap.  I’m not sure that will work, I have to try it out on paper first.  Taking safety into consideration regarding the letter designs is probably a very good idea.  If you’re right-handed and insist on cutting from top to bottom, you can just use the left-handed version, and vice-versa for left-handers.