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Journal Entry: Fri Jun 29, 2012, 5:51 PM

The new categorization system for fonts on deviantART is online!


pica-ae and I have been working hard to come up with a proper font categorization system on DA and with the help of Moonbeam13 it's finally live! I would also like to mention brianskywalker here for helping me name and define the categories in a manner which would be understandable not only to professional type designers and historians but to the common folk on deviantART as well.

To read all about this major update (and a big step forward for the DA typography community) check the Community Relations Journal update of Jun 25, 2012.

And for those who have been waiting for the articles about each typeface category I announced months ago, I have been quite absent lately and I have my reasons, but I promise the articles are still coming!



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nymphont Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work! The new categorization greatly improves upon the previous. I am happy that you guys have been able to make this happen :) Thanks so much.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Hopefully the improved categorization system will encourage people to make more typefaces and eventually bring more type designers to DA.
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
**derf** What a nerd - I see there is a pixel category. Scratch that. :XD:
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha derf...
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:XD:
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Most definitely. The new organization represents the the fonts on dA as a legitimate, serious art form which the type enthused should appreciate :) I am glad that this genre which I submit to often and am interested in has been substantiated in this way here on dA.

I am very happy with the new categories and pleased to find the new appropriate locations for my own submissions. The hierarchy is very easy for me to understand; however, I think it could be somewhat confusing for one not as familiar with typography. Still, I don't think it would take much for such a person to decipher the meanings of each category.

Symbol/dingbat and pixel types which are quite specific in their nature, if I were to suggest another area that could be improved upon, it would be to give these fonts a unique gallery/folder as well. But this does not detract from the sufficiency of the new categorization as is. The Miscellaneous category does provide a home for these types.

Thanks again for helping to legitimize typography on dA :D
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
By looking at the fonts already in the correct categories and the fact that the mods are now enforcing the rules even more than before pretty much guarantees the fonts will end up in the correct categories and in the process they will learn what each category means. We did dumb the system down a little bit but we still wanted it to make sense for a type designer as well. I personally also recommended adding pictures of or links to some popular typefaces for each category so people would know immediately where to place their work but this was too difficult for DA to include. I was also hoping to include the same categorization system for the type design section but that too was too difficult or just too much work for now. I actually hope that section will also be updated in time.

There's a category for pixel fonts. I actually suggested perhaps we could divide the pixel fonts as well but I'm not sure how relevant that would actually be. I noticed pixel fonts are very much based on specific point sizes so I suggested to create a categorization per point size. I guess this would only confuse people more though.

You might be right about the symbol/dingbat. It was actually included in my categorization but I guess in the end they merged it with the Miscellaneous category. In fact I also included categories for non-Western languages but as long as they're not that popular on DA (which dingbats aren't either) there's no need for a category for the 5 fonts on here. On a more personal note, I wouldn't be too happy with encouraging people to make dingbats fonts for some reason.
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nymphont Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Taking into account the points you make about dingbats, they are not like typeface fonts in that they are not typically language/alphabet based, nor are they popular or very numerous on dA, I would agree they do not facilitate a need for their own directory.

At any rate, I am pleased with this updated categorization. I especially like the organization of the Chirographic, Sans Serif, and Serif directories and their sub-directories. Thanks again.
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