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Computing 60s

I designed this font back in 2006 in BASIN as a tribute to advertisements for computers in the late 60s and early 70s.

Doubtlessly inspired by the magnetic OCR style fonts, it deviated by replacing the unsightly blobs with bold sections that ran to the nearest edge to give it a smoother feel. The most likely actual typeface used for these ads was probably Countdown

This font works great for titles and small runs of text, and at a stretch, you can use it even for low-density text adventures.


I designed this font back in 2019 in BASIN to interpret the 1968 font Moore Computer developed by James H. Moore of Typographic House in 1968.

This typeface is a heavily-magnetic “MOCR” font with that distinct dated futuristic feel. It is a little more aggressive than most magnetic fonts in the 8x8 format popular in games.

This font works great for titles and small runs of text, and, at a stretch, you can even use it for low-density text adventures.


I drew this font sometime around 2006 for BASIN, initially named Cinemax, before discovering it was a trademark. So here it is back again with a much more generic name.

Inspired by the 1920s art-deco movement, it takes a common modern approach to the curves and lines to better adapt to the constraints of 8x8.

This style of typeface has always been quite popular in 8-bit games and can be seen in many text adventures. The mix of bold and non-bold stems allows for space to play with while also packing in style.

Chunky Monkey

I created this font as part of the BASIN package around 2006 to see just how bold you could go in an 8x8 grid while still making it readable.

This font’s original release had a slightly taller upper-case with the lower-case shifted up one pixel to allow a small descender. I don’t feel it really worked very well, and so the alphas have been reduced one pixel in height in this release to make it more readable.

The font is still quite readable despite the chunky bold nature and not harsh with playful bubble-like curves. It works best for titles or short runs of text.