Patricia Gothic Thin

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Two years in the making, the first weight of my font family Patricia Gothic is finished.

Patricia Gothic is my take on an American sans serif, or gothic, typeface. My influences ranged from traditional American primer faces, drafting and lettering templates, and engraving types, to the usual Gothics such as Franklin, News, and Trade. I also wanted some of the quirkiness found in modern fonts like Sansumi, Brandon, and Bryant, among others.

I started with the Thin weight because many of the curves were drawn by hand with a Wacom tablet in Illustrator. This makes the thin weight nearly monoline. A regular or text weight and a bold weight are being explored, along with italics for each weight. I’m using Glyphs to build the font files.

Why Patricia? Because that’s my mom’s name.

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Diacritical

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One of the most involved parts of designing a typeface is extending the character set to include multiple language support. Fortunately there are excellent online resources to help with designing and placing the proper accents in a font. The most recent is Context of Diacritics by Ondrej Jób, which helps designers fine-tune the character sets of their fonts, and provides sample words to cut and paste into design software. The Diacritics Project uses the Wikipedia model, with notes on the history, design, and use of diacritical marks. Finally, Adhesion Text outputs dummy text based on various languages and user-defined parameters.

The Flyover Estate

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ON THE NAMING OF THIS BLOG

flyover states/flyover country
Americanisms describing the region of the United States west of the Delaware River/Delmarva Peninsula and east of California’s Central Valley. The terms are often used in a pejorative sense. They are references to the regions of the country passed over during inter-coastal flights—e.g., flights between the nation’s two largest cities, New York City and Los Angeles. Flyover country thus refers to the part of the country that some Americans only view by air and never actually see in person at ground level. (description via Wikipedia)

An enlightened commenter on flyover states (via Urban Dictionary):

states in the middle of the country that are uncool and call soda ‘pop.’ these states have lots of farmland and stupid people and shit like that.

estate
1 : an area or amount of land or property
2 : (dated) a particular class or category of people in a society
3 : a particular state, period, or condition in life

Ohio is a flyover state. It’s where I live and work. Also, we grow a lot of corn here.