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I’d played around with doing a heavier bubblier version of Beachball that didn’t come out how I wanted, so when I spotted an Amiga Demo by the group Anarchy featuring a bubbly heavy weighted text, I was hooked.

Originally this started as a blanket copy, but their font was a mix of upper and lower case letters. I positioned the upper-styled and lower-styled ones to their rightful positions and then designed glyphs to fill the gaps. I think this font has merit but isn’t an original creation given it takes ~36 characters as-is from Igor of Anarchy’s original 1990 design.

This font shines in a variety of scenarios but, at a minimum, needs an extra vertical line between rows of text. You can also mix upper and lower case to great effect.

I later created a shorter version of this font which still retains most of the feel. It eliminates the need for a custom renderer and provides the necessary line to breathe itself.


This font was designed using FontStruct in 2008 as an attempt to create a very clean and easy-to-read system font that was 5 pixels wide. It is very generic looking with just one extra feature being the strong inner curves on “bdpqgyhn”. This helped with ZX Spectrum conversion where vertical height was limited to 8 pixels and the descenders were shaved down 1 pixel.

This font is super easy to read and with a simple 6-pixel-wide custom renderer you can get 42 characters per line instead of the usual 32 on a Spectrum screen.


On reviewing many of the fonts for publication as part of my ZX Origins collection I noticed a dearth of softer fonts and Cushion is an attempt to address that.

Soft curves are difficult on an 8x8 as you either take one pixel off a corner or three - the former can look square and the latter triangular. As always a combination of tricks such as reducing the length of the horizontal strokes can achieve a more desirable effect.

This font works great everywhere and is very pleasing to read.

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.