Wednesday 10 February 2021

Tetrascii 1

What do we get when you cross two old computer phenomena: ASCII and Tetris?


The "rules" are as follows:
  1. Each glyph must fit within a 10x10 grid.
  2. The foreground pixels must be constructible from standard tetrominoes.
  3. The background pixels (including counters) must be constructible from standard tetrominoes.
It's surprisingly difficult to construct a readable font. Obviously, I've cheated with the lowercase letters; but in my defence, the counters of the uppercase letters are hard enough. The minimum counter size is four pixels and you can see the trouble I had with the dollar sign.

A project for another time would be to animate the construction of text by falling pieces.

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