Archive for Fonts tag

Professional quality free fonts*

FontShop free

Every month FontShop make a font available for free for a limited time so grab it while you can. The best option is to join their monthly newsletter so you don’t miss one!

Ralph Levien

Ralph is behind the excellent Inconsolata font which is great for printing code or if you like large programming fonts. He also has a number of classical typefaces including the great ATF Century Catalogue, Museum Caps, LeBe, ATF Bodoni and ATF Franklin Gothic.

Microsoft OpenType Font Pack

A bunch of licenced fonts available from Ascender Corporation including the stylish Kooteny and sharp Miramonte.

Jos Buivenga

Sample of Fertigo font.Jos has produced a number of beautiful typefaces free to download. I particularly like the subtle quirks of Delicious and the flowing curves of Fertigo (sample shown_ but also check out some of the others available too.

MgOpen

These fonts were previously commercial and designed for the Greek alphabet and the four fonts available – Canonica, Cosmetica, Modata, Moderna – look great in the Latin alphabet too.

Die Gestalten

A number of experimental fonts for download but not redistribution including the rather delicious Engel Light ltd.

COM4t

These people produce a number of great free fonts including the elegant COM4t Fine Regular and Quilline Script Thin.

If you love typography then check out the ILoveTypography blog for news on great typefaces and tips on designing your own font.

[)amien
* some restrictions apply to usage on some of the fonts, check the licences for details.

Older pixel fonts back online

Some of my older bitmap “pixel” font files are now available again, they are:

  • Envy Code A – sizes from 7pt-12pt in both regular and bold weights
    Envy Code A font at 7pt regular
  • Envy Code B – sizes from 9pt-10pt in regular, bold, italic and bold italic. (was the basis for Envy Code R)
    Envy Code B font at 9pt regular
  • PalmOS – a Window port of the PalmOS system font recreated from screenshots.
    PalmOS font at 8pt regular

I also have about 20 pixel fonts from my Spectrum days that I am intending on bringing across to Windows FON format in the near future.

[)amien

Envy Code R preview #6 forthcoming

Envy Code R has been updated since this post.

I have been experimenting with Envy Code R over the last few months – everything from creating a bold version to delta hinting with Visual TrueType with mixed results.

Part of the problem is that at larger sizes the odd shapes and over-emphasized curves that I drew to make the font look great at 10-point with ClearType on makes it look awkward at larger sizes.

Last weekend, I went back to the drawing board, literally, to try and improve on the shapes without impacting too much on the 10-point size ClearType version. The result is as follows;

Envy Code R preview 6

And for comparison, the old version:

Envy Code R preview 5

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, even if it’s just to say your prefer PR6, Consolas or something else. Be sure to mention what size and whether you have ClearType on (or if you are using a Mac).

[)amien

Red Hat releases Liberation fonts

Linux vendor Red Hat have released a font family named Liberation under a GPL licence.

The family consists of three typefaces known as Liberation Serif, Liberation Sans and Liberation Mono each in normal, italic, bold and bold italic variants. The fonts are not hinted in this initial release so may not look too great on-screen at some sizes. Red Hat expect to release better-looking hinted versions in the future. Having attempted hinting Envy Code R font myself they have my sympathy.

These new fonts are designed to be metric-compatible (and therefore interchangeable) with the standard Windows fonts of Times New Roman, Arial and Courier New intending to "Liberate" documents from Microsoft’s fonts. Bearing in mind Office 2007 pushes new typefaces as the default I’m not sure how successful this will be long-term.

Microsoft’s typefaces were designed to be metric-compatible with the classic Times Roman (1931), Helvetica (1957) and Courier (1955) typefaces in the first place so perhaps Red Hat would have been better off licensing or mimicking those instead.

Screen shots follow.

Windows

The Liberation fonts on Windows using ClearType alongside the Windows fonts they intend to replace. The free Bitstream Vera family equivalent is also shown (only Vera Sans Mono is metric-compatible).

Mac

Microsoft’s Windows fonts alongside Apple’s versions of the originals and the Liberation fonts again all rendered with Mac OS X and sub-pixel precision aliasing. Point sizes have been increased by 3pt to compensate for the difference in on-screen DPI.

[)amien