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Author Topic: "Diffidence Engine" Journal - criticism required. Inquire within!  (Read 1775 times)
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« on: June 05, 2008, 11:40:45 pm »


I'm only just putting this together but I wouldn't mind a few opinions as to if the font will do the job for mimicing handwriting or if it's too modern. (I've tried so many i now have a blind spot and tho this is my fave so far I have lost objectivity.)

I will mess it up a little so it's not quite so regular - and the picture will most likely be a pen and ink rather than a watercolour: OH! and the whole will be printed on parchment to heighten the effect.

PS: If anyone here knows a little physics, forgive the many liberties with the concepts of the Pauli principle and the Fermi surface: as to my mutilation of Quantum Reluctance into "Diffidence" I simply have no defense, other that I found it amusing.

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 11:54:21 pm »

You'll forgive me...

I understand the word diffidence to mean something quite different.

ie: dif·fi·dence  (df-dns, -dns) n. : The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.

(ah - reluctance... I think I get it now...)



That said. I think the typeface works well. Once it's suitably distressed, I don't see any problem with using it to this purpose.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 12:00:00 am »

What a great idea!

I would be tempted to go for something a little more English roundhand for the font - something like Snell Roundhand but a bit less neat. There are a few on DaFont http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=601&page=1 which might work; and I also like Porcelain and Selfish from here: http://www.misprintedtype.com/v3/fonts.php, but they might look too modern and/or fancy.

Having said that, the one you've used isn't so modern as to look wrong - at least, I don't think it is. (The only reason for suggesting roundhand is that it's the sort of style I associate with 18th and 19th c writing)

The pic will look good as pen and ink, and might also look good as line and wash if you wanted a bit of colour.

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 07:01:50 am »

Rogue, yes I stretched the definition of diffidence slightly, but it was necessary for the joke: I mean for science!

Jemima, thank's for the website - it looks very valuable: I will try both the fonts you suggested, as well as the line and wash (which was in fact my first instinct as far as the journal illustrations were concerned!)
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2008, 07:33:26 am »

I for one really like the font. It mimics handwriting rather well. What, prey tell, is it called?
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2008, 09:35:35 am »

I don't know if you now it, but to get the parchment to look old, you just have to spill tea all over it, and let it dry (alternativly, if you want a treasure map, burn carefully the surfaces and the sides...)
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 07:04:26 pm »

Hieronimous - the font is called "Jane Austen" and is also available at the link kindly provided by J A Clough above. it's quite versatile - having such details as alternate versions of the letters and "Ing" and "The" set up as a single character.

VarmLuftFra1800 - thankyou for the advice, however as frequently create all sorts of paper based shenanigans I have some "naturally old" paper that will I think suffice this time. If you want to avoid your parchment smelling of tea, certain papers take on a very convincing aged effect when hung in ammonia gas. All necessary safety precautions to be taken, etc.

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2008, 12:49:28 am »

It looks good, but I'd make that picture a bit more washed-out and do it black-and-white.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2008, 04:35:11 am »

It looks good, but I'd make that picture a bit more washed-out and do it black-and-white.

Not necessarily black-and-white. If it were blended into the paper texture a little better (get rid of the grey background, except where there would be actual shadows), it could pass for watercolour. I think there are Photoshop-compatible filters to do that; it's probably possible without specific filters.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2008, 04:42:32 am »

VarmLuftFra1800 - thankyou for the advice, however as frequently create all sorts of paper based shenanigans I have some "naturally old" paper that will I think suffice this time. If you want to avoid your parchment smelling of tea, certain papers take on a very convincing aged effect when hung in ammonia gas. All necessary safety precautions to be taken, etc.
Why on earth would a rational person want to stop things smelling of tea?
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