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Formerly known as Slit Stencil Round and Slit Stencil Sharp, Clean Cut typefaces Sliced and Diced were put through their paces. I printed out the uppercase and lowercase alphabet of each and timed how long it took me to cut them out. Seems I averaged about 11-12 minutes per alphabet. An important discovery was that there wasn’t a significant difference between the time it took to cut Sliced and Diced. I was assuming Diced would go faster. It will be interesting to see if this proves true in later stages of user testing.

In order to further pin down the right orientation for curves, I’ve devised this test sheet:

Test patterns

Next chance I get to work on this, I’ll print out two copies: one for upstroke cutting and one for downstroke.

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.