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Drawing strokes with outlines is tedious. We make the most advanced stroke tool for type design, lettering and calligraphy.
Drawing strokes with outlines is tedious. We make the most advanced stroke tool for type design, lettering and calligraphy.
50 backers pledged €4,234 to help bring this project to life.

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Demo version (BETA)
Yeah, these examples are rough and ugly, but you'll come up with something excellent. 

Drawing strokes with outlines is tedious. 
So we are going to make a brush engine that draws clean strokes for you.

Meet Letterink — an advanced stroke plugin for Glyphs 2.

Various Brushes

Imagine a skeleton that supports any kind of brush. You can explore how various brushes would change the typeface character instantly.

Independent brush on each node

 

The brush is as flexible as a real one. You can resize it from zero to infinity and rotate it 360 degrees independently at any vector node.

Generate always clean outlines

To be clear: No more time spent cleaning outlines! 

Every designer strives for full control of the output. Hence, expect the outlines to be plotted just as precisely as if you'd drawn the stroke by hand, just much faster. Isn't it awesome?

Save stroke styles (Locked)

at least 60 plugin licences backed to unlock
 

To save time, Letterink will have a feature for storing specific styles, making it easy to reuse them for similar stoke shapes. Same way as you use styles in other tools.

With enough funding, this feature will be available much sooner.

Use skeleton components (Locked)

at least 100 plugin licences backed to unlock

Components will be especially helpful with serif typefaces. For parts like terminals, brackets, ears, and caps, it is often more efficient to use a component that is entirely independent of the stroke shape. Consequently, it might be a good idea to stick them to a skeleton or the stroke outline while manipulating the whole letter. It should allow you to keep a stroke while already working with its outline. 

For the reference, check these Glyphs components.

With enough funding, this feature will be available much sooner.

Glyphs Plugin 

Pledge €99 or more to support the development of the tool or choose additional tiers to get exclusive merch products.

Merch Products

Skeleton Conscript Tees.
Skeleton Conscript Tees.

We have selected a high-quality cotton shirt because we don't like biting fabrics. Your skin will be proud of the skeletons on your chest.

Skeleton Conscript Sweatshirt
Skeleton Conscript Sweatshirt

These sweatshirts will be made of such high-quality cotton material that even your grandkids will be wearing them. If it's freezing outside, this is the right choice.

Skeleton Paper Wallet
Skeleton Paper Wallet

Skeleton's Not Dead paper wallet produced by Berliner producer I like Paper. Your money will now be guarded by skeletons. Pledge 20 bucks and it's yours.

 

Skeleton Academy in Berlin

We are consolidating our know-how into a five-day workshop, where we take you through the basic principles of skeleton drawing to advanced techniques and hidden hacks. The small workshop (up to 12 people) will be led by Filip and another visiting professional type-designer.
Location: Berlin • Approx. date: Summer 2019

Manifesto Protector

Earn a prominent place for your brand on the Skeleton Manifesto website, where it will be displayed with honor for one year after the website is launched.

Every visitor and signatory will know how much you value skeletons. Your brand will be linked to your desired website.

Skeleton Type Design Manifesto
Skeleton Type Design Manifesto

Letterink on other platforms

Why not?

Let us know how much you want this to happen on other type design platforms or design software. In exchange, we will make sure to let you know in advance about our plans and even give you early beta access. 

Missing Rewards

We wanted to keep things simple here, like bare bones.
If you desire an extra combo, or have an offer that will completely blow our minds, just drop us a message. We can prepare an extra tier for you.

March 2019

One-dimensional line brush

We will completely rework the current algorithm and implementation. You should expect better results and significantly fewer issues and glitches compared to the current implementation. 

April 2019

Stroke styles

We will replace the current three-level stroke settings (master, layer, node) with a more flexible solution based on shared stroke styles. You will be able to define your custom stroke styles and assign paths or nodes to them.

May 2019

Skeleton Components

You will be able to attach components to outlines drawn by a brush.

December 2019

Two-dimensional brushes

You will be able to draw using high-quality 2D shapes like an ellipsis and convex polygons.

 The last thing here is the place where we praise the humans involved in the project.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges for us is always time. However, we believe all of the above is achievable in the provided time constraints. The stroke plugin time plan presumes all stretch goals unlocked.

We made preliminary research on the feasibility of each deliverable. However, some questions are left unexplored which might affect our ability to deliver these features or merchandises (either partially or fully) and on time or might result in being cut from the Kickstarter plugin releases. All the description, illustrations and animations are concepts and might differ from actual deliverables.

We focus our algorithm and implementation on drawing fonts. As such, the variability of brush shapes might be limited, and brushes might not work as expected in settings which are not commonly used in font design.

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    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 1.14

    Stroke Extension for Other Platforms

    Let us know how much you want this to happen elsewhere. We believe Glyphs is the best, but your opinion might be different. As a reward, we will inform you in advance about our plans and give you early beta access.

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    Skeleton manifesto signatory

    Skeletons aren't nice, but they thank you!
    We put your name on the skeleton manifesto website as one of the signatories.
    Also, we send you digital wallpaper images for your desktop and mobile devices. Your background will be like never before.

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    Skeleton Paper Wallet

    Protect your money with skeletons.

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    • Set of Skeleton background images
    • Your name on the skeleton manifesto
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    Skeleton Conscript Tee

    Join the skeleton movement as a Conscript.
    This Tee has nice ribs on the chest.

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    • Skeleton Conscript Tee
    • Set of Skeleton background images
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    Skeleton Conscript Sweatshirt

    Getting cold during the winter? Oddly enough, these skeletons on your chest can help with that.

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    • Skeleton Conscript Sweatshirt
    • Set of Skeleton background images
    • Your name on the skeleton manifesto
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    Pledge €99 or more About US$ 113

    Stroke plugin for Glyphs 2

    Harness the power of skeletons. Make stroke styles, and outline combinations with the Letterink extension for Glyphs.

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    • Letterink – Stroke plugin for Glyphs
    • Set of Skeleton background images
    • Your name on the skeleton manifesto
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    Pledge €120 or more About US$ 137

    Letterink & Tee Combo

    Harness the power of skeletons. Make stroke styles, and outline combinations with the Letterink extension for Glyphs.

    Includes:
    • Letterink – Stroke plugin for Glyphs
    • Skeleton Conscript Tee
    • Set of Skeleton background images
    • Your name on the skeleton manifesto
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    A Pair of Letterink licences

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    • Your name on the skeleton manifesto
    • Set of Skeleton background images
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    Pledge €297 or more About US$ 338

    Brigade Combo 3 x Plugin

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    Studio Combo 5 x Plugin

    Five designers or computers in your studio will hold a licence of the plugin.

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    • Set of Skeleton background images
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    Skeleton Type-design Academy

    5-day summer workshop in Berlin.
    We will introduce basics and all advanced tricks with skeletons. With equipment of the stroke extension and Skeleton Cadre Shirt, you'll become a master skeleton type designer.

    The Letterink licence is included.

    Includes:
    • Skeleton Type-design Academy
    • Letterink – Stroke plugin for Glyphs
    • Skeleton Conscript Tee
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    Skeleton Manifesto Protector

    Claim your conversion to skeletons loudly.
    Join 7 great protectors for 1 year.

    Every new signatory will know that you have converted.

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