Mariam Darchiashvili — Receipts
Monday mornings are familiar beasts for all of us, that no sward can slay unless it’s hallow with a decent amount of coffee. And it was the same old Monday morning with a sunshine screaming “Go back to your bed”.To fight this thoughts I entered a nearest cafe and as I was paying for my coffee I suddenly noticed all the receipts I had in my wallet. I was sad and grampy and it striked me – why are they all so identical? With all the printing technics, with all the typeface variety? You design your logo, you design you interior, but you leave out the bill? And it`s not even the most legible writing on them. Is all the information there needed and why does it all disappear so soon? Is there any trick in the way they sound when you touch them? With all this questions and some fresh coffee I left the place and started my visual research.
HOW TO FIT IN
What you need to create your own stereotypical receipt is – get a set of monospace light identical typefaces, print them all on the thermal paper in the same width and font size, only varying in length. You don`t need to bother with picking any more typefaces except for the once that are listed below, because why? Who cares? Just a receipt.
Type usedTypeface you will need is a monospace typeface, that on the printers is usually created by the machine manufacturers themselves. And you can emulate it with a set of these only digital emulations:
Hypermarket by Green Type Mono Hexular by PizzaDude.dkFF Dot Matrix by Stephan Müller, Cornel Windlin Transaction SRF by Stella Roberts FontsTelidon™ by TypodermicFake Receipt by Typodermic Fonts
Don’t look for more, this is enough.
ColorsRegarding color, you should think about your subject first. When you are printing a bill, it’s always about money, and money is dirty, so black is the best option. You don’t have any other possibilities in the thermal printer anyway.
PlacementAlways Linear vertical. Never horizontal. Never try printing on different printers. Why? Because, they require more colors and thus –ink, why spend money?