Android Insomnia Typeface

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I recently finished working on a new typeface called Android Insomnia.

The Android Insomnia typeface originated with an earlier, round sans serif typeface that I called Round One. The forms of the Round One letters were readable, but not interesting. So I decided to experiment and came up with a typeface that looked more like a science fiction title font. It is free for commercial use.

The name of the font comes from a line I wrote parodying the title of Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? My version was, “Do insomniac androids dream of electric sleep?”

Download Links: Dafont | 1001 Fonts | Fontspace

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The Long Download

The Long Download

The Long Download is an edited mashup of prose and poetry from various sources. Many of the sources are my own writing, but also include public domain or Creative Commons 0 texts such as detective stories, mythology, and computer programming and encryption software manuals.

I used Charlie Stross’ Lovebible PERL script which involves using a Markov chain to mash up the text sources and then I picked out sentences and phrases and edited as necessary for the sake of the narrative.

My favorite line is:

“She defragmented reality corridors like the bottom drawer of my soul with dim lighting overhead and public-key cryptography.”

Read the rest of The Long Download.

Maniac Chemist Logo

I recently designed a logo for a concept called Maniac Chemist:

The border is supposed to reference the entry of an element on the periodic table.
Maniac Chemist is an anagram of my username Mechanismatic.

Midnight Owl Cafe Logo

I was listening to my favorite Billy Idol song, Rebel Yell, in my car yesterday and upon hearing the phrase “in the midnight hour…” for the nth time, I switched it mentally to “midnight owl.” I thought that Midnight Owl would be a good name for a cafe or diner, the kind that Edward Hopper would depict in a painting. I also thought that this would make for a nice fictional cafe/diner to depict in Murder is Suicide.

In that respect, I decided I needed to design an art deco style logo for the cafe and this is what I came up with this evening:

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The font I used is Copasetic. As expected, I’m not the first to think of this phrase.

Let There Be Interactivity

I’ve been working on adding more interactive elements to my film noir multimedia web comic, Murder is Suicide. The first of these elements is a lamp switch button sitting on top of the Chapter 1 title page graphic.

Previously the graphic was static, but with the addition of this element and some javascript in the background, the viewer can press the button, which makes a clicking sound, and it swaps out the image of the darkened desk silhouette with the original version of the lamp-illuminated desk with the file folder on top that bears the title of the chapter: Death and Drowning.

The button also turns off the lamp and the button graphic changes to reflect the on or off state of the lamp. You can see the larger full version on the Murder is Suicide website.


Chapter 1: Death and Drowning
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