Posts tagged with sans-serif - page 2


My Envy Code R font has been quite popular and its history goes back through Envy Code B and A bitmap fonts… right back to my Plotter font on the Sinclair Spectrum.

Back in 2006, I thought it would be interesting to complete the circle and try to shrink the feel of Envy Code R back down to a byte-sized version and the result is a pleasing, easy on the eyes sans.

This font is very readable and suits a lot of clean easy to read scenarios although it would benefit from using a 7 pixel wide (regular style) or proportional renderer (all) to reduce the character spacing. Unusually it comes with both a bold and italic style and also a serif variant.


This design started with trying very specific diamond shapes but soon took on more irregularity to deal with the size constraints. Combined with the lower-case characters not joining up the counters it took on a rough unpolished look evoking old-time adventure.

The font works well for large runs of prose.


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.


I drew these fonts back in the day and I’m not sure I ever published them before probably because the limitations of 4 pixel wide fonts mean that you don’t get much originality. There are plenty of other fonts out there like this including the Spectrum Tasword font as well as Screen-80 and Highspeed80

The idea with these fonts is you use a renderer that can draw half-width to double the amount of text you can display on-screen. For a Commodore 60 that would be 80 characters, for a Spectrum that would give you 64.

The fonts are available in regular, short and tall variants as well as a square version of each.

The simulated usage samples below only support 8x8 mono-spaced fonts and so do not show the intended usage of this typeface.