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Here’s one approach I’m trying, using shape instead of line. How minimal a shape can I make before you can’t recognize the letter? One thing to consider is that if a problematic letter is in context, i.e. in a word, that will mitigate its illegibility. Other consideration: If the angles pointing inside are to long and sharp, you get floppy peninsulas. If that wasn’t an issue, these would be really easy. But it is, and so is the fact that all closed counters, eyes, etc. are filled in. Sort of a tribute to my friend David Z. from Santa Cruz who hand-cut his text on the fly and never bothered to make bridges for closed letters like R, B, D, A and the rest. Potential name: Lazy Vandal. There will be two versions, lazy and extra lazy. Extra lazy will look more like the glyphs in the photo. Lazy will be a little more complex, with multiple shapes making up the glyphs.

Second draft for Lazy Vandal

I did this draft during a morning lab shift.

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I’m recruiting beta testers:

Hi guys and gals,

I’m looking for a few volunteers to help me with a design project I’m doing on stencil fonts. I’m trying to come up with some new fonts that are designed to be easy to cut. I need some people with stenciling experience to test drive the prototypes (no pun intended) and give me feedback.

Anybody wanna help out? It’s a volunteer project and I can’t pay anybody, but you get to participate in something that I hope will be a big contribution to the stencil community.

Sent to CDT type teachers, posted on Stencil Revolution. Hoping to get onto Wooster when they start posting again. Here’s what I sent them:

Exfish Design is hard at work prototyping a new set of stencil fonts designed to be easily cut by hand. Virtually all available stencil typefaces are made to be cut by machine or used as design elements in print or digital media. These will be the first fonts ever made specifically for street artists. The letterforms conform to comfortable hand motions, and refrain from using small curves and tricky corners. If you’re armed with nothing but a spray can, an X-acto and a pile of card stock, Exfish stencil fonts will allow you to cut text easily and fast. Oh yeah, and we’re gonna give them away for free. We’re looking for beta testers to evaluate our prototypes! If interested, send an email to exfishdesign@gmail.com

Also sent out a specimen sheet:

Specimen sheet

Specimen sheet

Seems lots of folks in CDT are taking interest in my little hobby. I’m totally psyched, naturally.