Updating Orxporter

I’m currently diverting development attention away from forc (our WIP font creation tool) and onto what has become one of the roadblocks to making outputting standard Mutant Standard releases easy, which is our lovely workhorse exporting program called orxporter.

Like a lot of things in Mutant Standard, reaching for new technical heights or features (crushed PNGs, fonts, etc.) easily tips our infrastructural capacity to deal with it gracefully, necessitating another round of changes to our infrastructure.

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Progress Issues

In the past, I’ve talked about various mental health issues that I have that have made Mutant Standard generally difficult, but I haven’t really talked about issues I’ve had about the project itself.

Even though I did want to work on Mutant Standard less in a planning work/life balance sense, I’ve been working on it less than I actually wanted to for these reasons. To make sure that I’m not talking about the project under a lot of influence of these issues and therefore talk about Mutant Standard in an irrational light, I’ve waited for many months until now to actually attempt to talk about it.

Also other things I said I would do, like streaming, have been caught up in this for the same reasons, and other external reasons too.

[CW: mental health talk in this post.]

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Mutant Standard S3

An array of new pride emoji in Mutant Standard S3 (100, sweat drops, bang, meeple, furry) in a scattered pattern over a pastel pink background with a subtle horizontal stripe pattern. In the middle is a little green and white badge with the Mutant Standard logo and 'S3' below it. At the bottom is the URL 'mutant.tech'.

It’s still pride month, so here are some pride emoji!

All of Mutant Standard’s pride flags (with a few exceptions for the rainbow flag since it’s kinda complicated) have been reinterpreted into a few different other Mutant Standard symbols, as well as a new one – meeple, a staple tabletop gaming piece!

Some of these are extensions to symbols that have already had rainbow flag versions in normal Mutant Standard releases (like paw_print and 100) and some not.

You can get them all, alongside the existing special emoji here – https://mutant.tech/download/#special

0.4.0 sketches and thoughts – new emoji

In the previous post, I talk about the aesthetic approaches that have developed in this version, and the ways I have intentionally tried to create a new cohesive vision of how to design Mutant Standard emoji.

In this post, I’m going to go through the new emoji designs like I normally do with these posts!

Content Warning: I’m gonna be going over some alcohol and food emoji designs.

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Moving to a new release model

CW: I talk about mental health a little in this post.

I need to make changes to how I’m working on Mutant Standard:

  • I wanna move Mutant Standard away from batched releases (0.3.0, 0.3.1, 0.4.0, etc.) to something like a rolling release, where updates are smaller and incremental (possibly just named after dates ie. ‘2019-06-29’).
  • I really need to spend some time on improving my use of technologies to streamline Mutant Standard compilation and releases so they don’t waste the amount of time and energy they do right now.
  • I don’t want to do roadmaps as I’ve done them anymore because they just don’t work.
  • I kinda need to work on Mutant Standard less.

Here’s why I really need to do these things…

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