Summary

Fontstruct

reviewed by Remo Deijns

27/09/2017

The Good:

Simple grid that makes it easy / Structured letters or you can make a whole font / Free to share

The Bad:

You can only work in the grid / no possibilities to get out the given grid

The Bottomline:

Create interface for just basic experimenting. But if you want to create a real font it will not workout.

Overall Rating:

3

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

https://fontstruct.com/

The tool is made by

Rob Meek

You can find the official doccumentation on:

https://fontstruct.com/faq

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

https://fontstruct.com/fontstructors/604521/forum

I reviewed version n/a of the Software

The interface:

  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_1
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_2
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_3

  • what is it : online tool
  • what is it for ? writing, other
  • this tool functions : both
  • this tool is available for : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Speech
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    It's simple to navigate within the tool, easy to see what other designers did. But the possibilities are limited.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 3
  • quick and easy to understand : 3

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    It's fun to play with, for sure. And yes, it can help you learn. It's limiting, but also, when you're starting out making a typeface, limits are okay. Some cool (impractical although beautiful) things have been made with it, like. https://www.reddit.com/r/typography/comments/52orxa/what_do_reddit_typographers_and_designers_think/

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_4
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_5
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_6
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_7
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_8

    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    You can use this to create and generate a really basic type design. But you aren't able to create a really good 'functional' typeface. You will always see you made it with a tool.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    This tool is so far as I know free, but there is a possibility that you have to pay for really advanced tools. But the tools I used where already advanced, so don't know.

    Please add any additional comments below:

    If you have a basic interest in type design, this will be a great tool to start. You can start designing your own typefaces. But for advanced type designers this tool will not be good enough.

    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Remo Deijns, 27/09/2017

  • Interface

  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_1
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_2
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_3

    Testing the tool

  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_4
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_5
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_6
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_7
  • fontstruct_Remo_2017_8