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CHALLENGE: Numbers and Symbols

Numbers and symbols often end up as an afterthought when it comes to fonts. So, let's turn the tables and make some 'fonts' that exclusively feature numbers and symbols.

You must include all of the following characters:

1234567890
!?@%&


You may optionally include other symbols, but any additional symbols must appear on the standard US keyboard layout. Do not include any letters though.

Canvas Size - Unrestricted.
Colours - Min 4.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Optional.


CHALLENGE RULES

  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.

CHALLENGE JUDGING

  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.

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  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
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CHALLENGE VOTING

Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!

CHALLENGE AWARDS

The Numbers and Symbols pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

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Quote AirStyle Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 12:11am
Sounds like someone could have some SERIOUS fun with this challenge...serious...
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Quote tanuki Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 1:06am


Definitely probably not the direction I'll go in, just something I was messing with in the last few minutes to see how small I could make these special characters.

I was trying for 3x4 pixels each, uniform size, and it was working out fairly well until I got to the @ and &. Also the 8 which I haven't really worked on yet, but I like how the 2 was coming out. It looks a little blurry though, but looks like a 2 to me.

In the bottom right is 4x5 version of &. Since it's originally based on the latin word for and, "et", I combined the E and T the same was it was done here- link

But yeah, I think I'll be making something much more stylized and not just a super optimized tiny font.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 1:12am
Just keep in mind that there is a minimum of 4 colours. Also, I did not know that about the ampersand :o


Edited by skamocore - 12 December 2011 at 1:13am
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Quote CPearson Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 3:48am
How strict is the no letters rule?
Can I use letters in the piece if it's not part of the main font in focus?
for example, a 5 pixel high font for letters, and a 20 pixel high font for the characters asked for in the challenge, or should I just use binary to type the message I want?
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 4:18am
I don't see the point at all. This is where any messages are meant to go :L

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Quote Mrmo Tarius Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 8:32am
Cannot resist a typographic challenge.
Keeping it simple and slanted.



(update; will refine)

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Quote Graindolium Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 8:48am

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Quote Jinn Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 11:25am
Here's what I got, not sure if it's worth to continue tho...




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Quote Graindolium Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 12:26pm


  
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Quote DawnBringer Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 12:51pm
Originally posted by Jinn

Here's what I got, not sure if it's worth to continue tho...


Only if you wanna win! ;)
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Quote Jinn Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 4:57pm
Really, Dawn? So I'll give it a shot! ^^


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Quote AirStyle Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 5:23pm
Looks like you guys got your work cut out for ya, if Jinn has anything to say about it.
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Quote WolfKit Replybullet Posted: 12 December 2011 at 10:27pm

I'm not quite sure on the @ or the &, but I feel happy with the overall style.
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Quote WolfKit Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 7:08am
Originally posted by bem


Definitely prefer this one. It's a lot cleaner than the other style you made.
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Quote bem Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 7:28am
@WolfKit: Thank you for your feedback ... And so I think that this challenge requires more effort and ingenuity, so I need to work on this further:)
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Quote Jinn Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 7:56am
Some more :)



Critics?
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Quote bem Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 9:56am
So, continuing with the action I put my current scribble ... Please insights and critical comments



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Quote WolfKit Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 10:28am
Originally posted by bem

@WolfKit: <span id="result_" ="" lang="en"><span ="hps">Thank you</span> <span ="hps">for your feedback</span> <span ="hps">...</span> <span ="hps">And so</span> <span ="hps">I think</span> <span ="hps">that this</span> <span ="hps">challenge</span> <span ="hps">requires more</span> <span ="hps">effort and</span> <span ="hps">ingenuity,</span> <span ="hps">so I need</span> <span ="hps">to work on this</span> <span ="hps">further:</span><span ="">)</span></span>

Yeah,I'm going to work at a larger scale to put in more detail.

P.S.
What is up with your formatting?

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Quote bem Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 12:43pm
@WolfKit: I decided to change the format slightly since the previous examples seemed too simple. Continuing on its intention, I hope that something will come of it ...



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Quote WolfKit Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 2:06pm
Originally posted by bem

@WolfKit: <span id="result_" ="" lang="en"><span ="hps">Thank you</span> <span ="hps">for your feedback</span> <span ="hps">...</span> <span ="hps">And so</span> <span ="hps">I think</span> <span ="hps">that this</span> <span ="hps">challenge</span> <span ="hps">requires more</span> <span ="hps">effort and</span> <span ="hps">ingenuity,</span> <span ="hps">so I need</span> <span ="hps">to work on this</span> <span ="hps">further:</span><span ="">)</span></span>

I was talking about all this.
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Quote bem Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2011 at 2:18pm
@WolfKit: What do I mean by formatting? My English is not very good ... Sorry.

This is my today's clicking ... I have to sleep with it and tomorrow I will think further:)


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Quote ultimaodin Replybullet Posted: 14 December 2011 at 8:02am
This is my idea; do yahs think it's worth continuing? Doubt I'll place but anyway:


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Quote Jinn Replybullet Posted: 14 December 2011 at 8:23am


Really, no critics?
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 14 December 2011 at 8:28am
I expected so little creativity this week that I'm amazed by all WIPs so far 
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Quote ultimaodin Replybullet Posted: 14 December 2011 at 9:11am
@Jinn Not much to criticise; it looks fantastic.Reminds me of the old how to count children's books. I'm not sure how your going to pull of that walrus 0 though.


Edited by ultimaodin - 14 December 2011 at 9:10am
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Quote Lathien Replybullet Posted: 15 December 2011 at 4:23am
@ Jinn: I'd say shorten the leg of the 4 (or heighten the top, or both) as the top part of a 4 is usually larger, as seen in this sentence. Also, because the shading of 8 moves the bottom of the hair into the background, it loses the crisp outline of being an 8, so I'd say brighten the bottom of the hair a little.
But that's just me reaching for critiques 'cause you asked for them. Excellent piece, I wouldn't have thought of that for this challenge.
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Quote Jinn Replybullet Posted: 15 December 2011 at 7:48am
Thanks for the feedback, guys! ;)



Last WIP before gallery.
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Quote Friend Replybullet Posted: 15 December 2011 at 11:46am
Jinn, that is genius 
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Quote CPearson Replybullet Posted: 15 December 2011 at 5:47pm


Progress so far, palette could probably be improved, and a shiny animation would be nice, but I'm not sure if I have the skill or patience.
They're supposed to be made of little metal blocks, if it wasn't apparent.
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Quote Chibiwing Replybullet Posted: 16 December 2011 at 5:22am
My wip:
 
I've drawn up the others but haven't pixeled them yet; maybe I'll do extra.  I'm thinking this is more a usable font than anything. 
 
If I have the patience I may return after the challenge to add the alphabet; would you want it?


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Quote Friend Replybullet Posted: 16 December 2011 at 9:09am
I really like that a lot chibiwing.  Sept the 8 could be a tad more readable as an 8.  I'd so use that style
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Quote Mngwa Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 1:17am
Hello, I am new to this site and I have read about numbers challenge. I made a picture - my very first pixelart attempt, by the way. Then I read challenge post and some replies again and realized that it has to be font, while I created some quasi-art-thingy with numbers on it. Grrr. I hope you don't mind if I post that in this forum anyway, because I killed two hours in Grafx2 with it, plus I am interested in your opinion too. I am not sure myself if the picture is likable or absolutely c*ap. Thanks


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Quote Mngwa Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 4:16am
Hi, I have begun new font, it is in an early stage, what do you think?


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Quote Mhyre Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 8:49am
Gah, I suck at numbers :p
I probably won't have the time to even participate anyway



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Quote Mhyre Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 9:37am
Oh look at the gigantic mistake I've made on the numbers! Isn't that lovely? I'll let it up for your own pleasure :p

Here's a little edit, back on the computer now:


Now I'm stuck with the number 3, I have no idea how to shape it at all with such perspective! Any help would be appreciated :)

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Quote offwhite Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 1:16pm
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I think that's great :) I like the red and white one best though. It's cleaner and the style is very consistent. A bit of anti aliasing between the red and white would be a good idea imo.
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Quote Lathien Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 3:34pm
@ Mhyre, here's a quick edit for you:

I think that's how the 3 should look, given the perspective, although I think the top might be one pixel thinner than the tops of 1 and 2, but I didn't even want to try changing that :S
Also, 2 was missing the side of the curved section, so I put that in.


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Quote Mngwa Replybullet Posted: 17 December 2011 at 4:19pm
Thanks a lot for feedback :) I am quite surprised that you like the red-white font, it was just base for the other ones.
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Quote Mhyre Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 7:57am
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@ Mhyre, here's a quick edit for you:I think that's how the 3 should look, given the perspective, although I think the top might be one pixel thinner than the tops of 1 and 2, but I didn't even want to try changing that :SAlso, 2 was missing the side of the curved section, so I put that in.


That's what I thought. Thanks for the help! I don't think I will finish it anyway, given the time left for the weekly challenge!
But hey, holiday time! I'm in for the next challenge, no matter what :)
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Quote [thUg] Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 1:46pm
I'm in with this challenge,



only problem, have to make this in kind of demoscene 3d style now and only 10h left


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Quote AirStyle Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 5:10pm
Originally posted by offwhite


Originally posted by Mngwa



I think that's great :) I like the red and white one best though. It's cleaner and the style is very consistent. A bit of anti aliasing between the red and white would be a good idea imo.


I agree with offwhite. I like the style as well, but just from looking at your numbers, I get the undying urge to take a sander to those edges...
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Quote [thUg] Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 6:33pm
ok, seems quite dead for me, 5h and only 1,5 made..


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 6:52pm
Maybe try for some simpler rendering for the challenge, then continue to work on this later.
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Quote [thUg] Replybullet Posted: 18 December 2011 at 7:40pm
I think you are right Shamocore, I was crazy to think I can do this in time.
I'm gonna find something else to finish these fonts, I post my last version of this anyway, my original idea was to make a different material for each one.


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