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vg5000 regular 1

Designed by

Justin Bihan


  • vg5000 regular 1


Writing systems


Published on November 23, 2018

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The VG5000 takes its name from the homonymous computer manufactured by Phillips, released in 1984. Its video processor displays bitmap characters built in a common matrix of 8x10 dots. The modern VG5000 is built on a grid 4 times more detailed, allowing more freedom and imagination of curves, where there were only right angles. The superposition of the new drawing onto the starting matrix sometimes reveals unexpected mixtures. Some right angles have been deliberately preserved as vestiges of the first digital fonts, offering a hybrid final shape. One of the inherited features is the accents that are always placed at the same height, forcing some letters to crash. Many glyphs and pictograms complete the VG5000's original set, including references to VG5000 games and the history of emoji.

Inclusive characters

The VG5000 character set contains a sample of experimental glyphs devoted to French inclusive writing, which involves linking the female and male genders in the writing field. These glyphs were imagined on the occasion of the project "On aime pas ça parce qu’on devient deux" initiated by Roxanne Maillet, artist having as a commitment research on the graphic representation of genders in writing: if it is not « il » or « elle » who speaks, it is « iel ». These new characters are built on the same grid as the originals, but they are smaller and combine together in one character.

Examples : ·e : étudiant·e | é·e : né·e | f/ve : veuf·ve | n·e : un·e | s·e : permis·e | u·e : vu·e | ie : iel

We are living in the future of the past
We are living in the past of the future
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Sie ist ein Model und sie sieht gut aus, Ich nähm sie heut gerne mit zu mir nach Haus, Sie wirkt so kühl, an sie kommt niemand ran, Doch vor der Kamera da zeigt sie was sie kann. (Kraftwerk - Das Model)
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