The problem with existing Quikscript fontsAs I delved further into typing Quikscript on my computer, however, I found that the very few Quikscript fonts out there were just plain terrible. For example, here’s the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Quikscript, using a Quikscript font called ‘Kingsley’: Note that most of the glyphs have slightly uneven stroke width, squashed-up kerning (glyph spacing) and inconsistent glyph shapes – put together, the whole thing just looks messy and ugly. Damn, even Comic Sans looks way better in comparison!
Quikscript SansWith all this in mind, I decided that I could have a go at making a better font for Quikscript, using Inkscape to draw the glyphs with a consistent stroke width and Fontforge to put it all together. And in late 2017, I came up with the 1st version of this: My font, Quikscript Sans, is designed with a consistent appearance and aims to blend in easily with other sans-serif fonts, particularly the Google Noto Sans fonts. It also implements some very common Quikscript ligatures, such as the ‘er’ sound in ‘were’, the ‘ear’ sound in ‘here’ and the ‘you’ sound in ‘huge’. Here’s the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Quikscript Sans: It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly easier on the eyes to look at, especially compared to the ‘Kingsley’ example I mentioned above.
New changesQuikscript Sans is an improved version of an earlier font called ‘Quikscript Geometric’ that I first released just over a year ago. (I renamed the font as Quikscript Sans, as the previous name was quite verbose and ‘Quikscript Sans’ is both simpler to say and better reflects its simple sans-serif aesthetic.) Besides the name change, I also implemented:
- A better looking glyph for /g/ (it looked deformed and weird previously)
- Kerning between glyphs for a more balanced appearance
Encoding of lettersQuikscript Sans uses Frog Orbits’ encoding, which is located in the Unicode Private Use Area (PUA), and fully implements all characters. This is the same encoding that the aforementioned ‘Kingsley’ font uses.
Sample text: Excerpt from a short story I wrote a while agoFor comparison, you can view the original one here.
QuikEBEO keyboard layoutWhile learning Quikscript, I also worked on a QWERTY-based keyboard layout to allow me to type Quikscript efficiently, as I couldn’t find any QWERTY-based Quikscript layouts that I liked at the time. QuikEBEO is based on a pre-existing layout I had designed for a Latin-based phonetic orthography I had called EBEO, hence the name. The main advantage of using QuikEBEO is that you most likely already know how to type quickly in QWERTY, reducing the time needed to learn QuikEBEO.
- Quikscript Sans font
- Source code on Bitbucket
- QuikEBEO keyboard layout (Windows)
- QuikEBEO keyboard layout (Linux)
- QuikEBEO keyboard layout (Android, Multiling O)