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Terminal Grotesque

sine, sawtooth, square, triangle

terminal grotesque

sine, sawtooth, square, triangle

terminal grotesque open

Designed by

Raphaël Bastide, with the contribution of Jérémy Landes


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Published on November 2, 2011

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A cousin of the pixel fonts but enhanced enough to be organic while staying punk and technical.

Project initiated by Raphaël Bastide. Jérémy Landes forked it to create the open version.

Raphaël talks about Terminal Grotesque

Terminal Grotesque is a font that I started in December 2010 while working for a game project, on a pixel font called Modulicon. The characters of Modulicon are not alpha-numeric but a series of icons designed to be displayed in small sizes. After some time spent completing this font, working with pixels made me want to start another drawing that could be used for titles within higher sizes. This side project, was given the temporary name of Junkette and then became Terminal Grotesque: a pixel font inspired by Paul Renner's Futura and some features of Radim Peško's grotesque drawings.

The first versions of Terminal Grotesque were designed using the online app Fontstruct. Later, the project migrated to the open source software Fontforge.

The design and production of Terminal Grotesque were simultaneous, so the typographical details are refined during the versions. The constraint of the pixel as a module element causes certain curiosities that are sometimes difficult to circumvent. This personal exercise has no specific purpose except to help my initiation to typographic drawing. Such work, in my opinion, should not be finalized, its status as a "Beta project" is suitable for its perpetual modification.

Terminal Grotesque is and will remain open source, i. e. freely downloadable, usable and modifiable by everyone. Thus, it will benefit from the modifications of its designer but also from the contributions of other authors who have decided to modify it. This principle is no longer reserved for the code, but extended to texts, images, machines and ideas.

Terminal: In computing, a terminal refers to a set of output devices (screen...) or input devices (keyboard, mouse...), in a way the end of a network. Grotesque: or "Grotesk" in German, is frequently used as a synonym for "without serif", i. e. without serifs in typography.

La Huppe fasciée (Upupa epops) est une espèce d'oiseau, l'une des trois représentantes de la famille des Upupidae et du genre Upupa. Les deux autres espèces, la Huppe africaine Upupa africana et la Huppe de Madagascar Upupa marginata, ont longtemps été considérées comme des sous-espèces de la Huppe fasciée. Ces espèces sont parfois placées par certains auteurs dans leur propre ordre, les Upupiformes.
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The crocodile paradox, also known as crocodile sophism, is a paradox in logic in the same family of paradoxes as the liar paradox. The premise states that a crocodile, who has stolen a child, promises the parent that their child will be returned if and only if they correctly predict what the crocodile will do next. The transaction is logically smooth but unpredictable if the parent guesses that the child will be returned, but a dilemma arises for the crocodile if the parent guesses that the child will not be returned. In the case that the crocodile decides to keep the child, he violates his terms: the parent's prediction has been validated, and the child should be returned. However, in the case that the crocodile decides to give back the child, he still violates his terms, even if this decision is based on the previous result: the parent's prediction has been falsified, and the child should not be returned. The question of what the crocodile should do is therefore paradoxical, and there is no justifiable solution.
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