Inspired by the appearance of my Android Insomnia typeface in an episode of Doctor Who, I dug into my files and found two typefaces I’d almost completed a few years ago and finished them so that I could release them – Airstream Futuropolis and Section 9. Then I set about creating another typeface for which I had only previously developed a concept. I finished and released my minimalist font Minimus yesterday.
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?”
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.
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.