My new pixel typeface family
I’ve been working on a project for the last couple weeks over at Fontstruct. SbB Epyx is a series of typefaces based on some sketches for another project that went in a different direction. But I fell in love with the typeface design and started to build it out on Fontstruct.
SbB Epyx is named after my favorite video game company from my Commodore 64 days — Epyx. They created a series of Olympic-style video games, like Summer Games, World Games, Winter Games and California Games. (I won a jet ski with a scratch off game that came with California Games, so I was especially fond of that one. I was in 7th grade.)
The family consists of six typefaces: Bubble, Shadow, Mini Black, Mini Open, Mini Sprites and Sprites XL. They are all constructed using just the pixel brick. That’s kind of my modus operandi over at Fontstruct. I love to use the fewest bricks possible.
All of the designs are intended to compliment each other and are free to download at Fontstruct. You just have to sign up for a free account.
SbB Epyx Bubble
SbB Epyx Bubble is a translation of my sketches for a logo. The project when in a different direction, but the typeface design lives on with SbB Epyx.
SbB Epyx Shadow
SbB Epyx Shadow was selected as a top pick by the moderators at Fontstruct.
SbB Epyx Mini Black
SbB Epyx Mini Black is a intended to be used as an accent for the Bubble and Shadow variants.
SbB Epyx Mini Open
SbB Epyx Mini Open is a version of Epyx that is more readable at small sizes.
SbB Epyx Mini Sprites
SbB Epyx Mini Sprites are a useful assortment of arrows, objects and patterns than accent the rest of the Epyx family.
SbB Epyx Sprites XL
SbB Epyx Sprites XL is a collection of spaceships, planes, boats and more inspired by old video games. Epyx Sprites XL was selected as a Top Pick by the moderators at Fontstruct.
Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. He's currently in the middle of a project to design a new shirt a week for an entire year. Follow Bob on Twitter, Instagram and Micro.Blog.