Een probleem is vaak een project…

Truck platooning

truck platooning draft

From the archive: In many sectors, the demands placed on our work are changing. Technological developments are going faster than ever before. Think of digitization, robotization, the Internet of Things, big data. As a result, jobs are disappearing, new ones are added and, above all, they change the content of many activities.

The new requirements set by technology must be attuned to people in such a way that the performance of people with technology is optimal. TNO develops new methods and models and instruments for realizing the desired people-work-technology coordination.

In 2017 I designed this publication for TNO about a still relevant theme.

Let’s go back to the 80s… with SquarePants Next!

SquarePants Next typewriter

October 2020

Release SquarePants v1r3: “Hurrah!” After numerous iterations my monospaced pixel typeface is now finally ready! SquarePants Next is—of course—fully scaleable but optimized for on-screen use at 12 point size.

December 2020

Release SquarePants Next v1: User feedback plus small details that might be considered inconsistencies were addressed in this fresh redesign.

February 2021

Release SquarePants Next Micro v1: By just moving one pixel at a time (with only five pixels for the x-height and letter width) SquarePants Next Micro took shape. It is astonishing to see how far one can push the contours of the glyphs to sometimes weird graphics, but still make us think we’re reading roman characters! Bitmapping as an act of mindfulness and a useful training in managing contrast! 🔤🙏👀

SquarePants Next sketch

With more than 200(!) glyphs SquarePants Next Micro contains a full Google Fonts Basic character set. Use this fine monospaced font to:

  • imitate the time-honoured look of typewriters
  • create simple tables
  • compose plain emails
  • write computer code
  • go back to the 80s 👍

SquarePants Next Micro sticky note

SquarePants Next Micro email

SquarePants Next Micro table

SquarePants Next Micro Pyhton code

Now add that retro look to your typographic palette and get your copy here. Built in the Netherlands with enjoyment! 😍

Ping (pong)

Pong game

🕹 Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games, first released in 1972 by Atari. It is a two-player game based on table tennis. The game features simple 2D graphics. It consists of two paddles used to return a bouncing ball back and forth across the screen. The score is kept by the numbers at the top of the screen.

I recreated this game in Python, a tiny project to further develop my OOP (Object-Oriented Programming) skills. 🤓

Pong code

🔤 You’ll notice that there are several lines in this program that start with a # symbol. The words following the # are a comment, added to make the code easier for users to read and understand.

For the type geeks: typeface used for writing the code is Operator; a very fit workhorse specifically engineered for the screen by Hoefler&Co.