Welcome to our advent calendar 2019! As you might expect from one, this list is growing each day until Christmas. (On Twitter, too)
⓱ The promised follow-up to ❼: 1 and 7 have to be distinguishable. There are many possible combinations, but Adidas’s is the worst.
⓰ I praised this style with my free font Libero, but this 1 is amazing! (Inter 1984)
⓯ Saw this Bulgaria 1970 (?) shirt at @_Face37. Lovely!
⓮ Not that this was readable; I’m just saying that with outlines you can do really fat stuff!
⓭ This nice typeface was created by Paul Barnes for Puma for 2010 Africa Cup of Nations – however I didn’t know Osnabrück had attended! Just one example of my collection of #ExclusiveFontJourneys.
⓬ This experimental 12 might be a bit over the top …
⓫ Double trouble: If numerals have a handmade or distorted effect, duplicates should be avoided. Left: 👎 | Right: 👍
❿ Famous number – famous style! The chamfered design is a classic, and I praised it with my Winner typefaces. What delights me especially is the outline madness of the 90s: 4 outlines + Adidas stripes! (Newcastle 95/96)
❾ Ok, now for something positive: In 2018/19 @FCPorto showed that it doesn’t always have to be a custom typeface. Core Escher is readable from afar but has a surprising twist from close up.
❽ It especially hurts when a great player has to wear such an awful number. The middle of this 8 is ridiculously heavy. (@acmilan 2012–14)
❼ Today we explore where a 7 starts and a 1 ends. (Made with a quick variable font and Dinamo’s great Font Gauntlet)
❻ American six, based on my summer holiday’s experimental variable font. Weight 166, Width 3, Waist 60, Contrast 40, Stylistic Set 08! 🤓
❺ 5 has been special to me this year since we did a new corporate typeface for @1FSVMainz05. I already reported about the 5 in the blog, and I was especially happy to see it in 3D.
❹ Ok, time for a classic: You won’t find a 4 any worse, and Chicharito is visibly horrified! (@VillarrealCF 2013/14)
❸ Players are moving, shirt fabric has wrinkles – therefore numerals have to be clear and distinguishable. This 3 however (@fbf_oficial 2011–14) tries really hard to be an 8.
❷ This is a 2 from an unreleased typeface. You can order it as a custom font!
❶ A 1 is rather easy – just take a straight line, and maybe put something on the top left. @UYBAvolley’s 1 (yes, this is supposed to be one) however has something on the top RIGHT and a dot too. Hard to beat in its absurdity!