1 left vs. justified alignment text
2 a pie-piece alphabet
3 my alphabet, motion blurred
Some time during the past week I got in my head that it would be really neat
to make an alphabet with only circular pie pieces, using the fillArc method of the
java graphics class. The filled arc is great because it is so versatile -- it can
be a filled semicircle, a long sliver, or a pac-man shape. I discovered that
nearly all of the letters could be designed reasonably using only one or two
circular filled arcs. The few that couldn't, I tried to make work. (Maybe you can
tell which these were!) I think this is an interesting solution since each letter
is encoded by only ten variables -- a center x and y point, radius, start angle and
end angle, times two.
Since each letter is devised from two filled arcs, it becomes easy to transition
between any two letters in a smooth way. Here, the letters change interactively as
you type new characters in. The blur factor controls the speed of these transitions.