Monday, June 28, 2010

Font Ten

Ten Things About Fonts
(Inspired by this article over at

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

Download 17 different handwriting fonts here.

For those who want to create their own typeface, check out Chank's online tutorial guide to How to Make Your Own Fonts.

Chank also has a video on YouTube here showing a live workshop on making a font with M&Ms.

Laura McCanna's page with tips on How to Create a Typeface.

NexusFont is "a font manager for Windows. If you have many fonts and you need to choose fonts you want, this program is for you. You can compare many fonts at once. And there are useful functions to manage font files" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)

Paleofonts is "an *exe file of c. 12 Mb which is unpacked by default in a separate folder, of c. 38 Mb, from where it can be installed into "Windows"´s " Fonts " folder. With additional software and separate procedures, the True TypeFonts may work under some " Linux " distributions. The compilation contains 279 paleographic True Type Files plus a brief * pdf document entitled "Explanation", providing some technical and legal statements. The fonts are designed by various authors, whose intellectual property they represent. The credit for the creation of these fonts is all theirs. All of the fonts are free for personal as well as academic use, but not for commercial purposes such as reselling, charging for use, hiring. The fonts embody dozens of ancient scripts that have been (and in some instances few of them are still being used) for millennia around the Mediterranean sea, as well as Northern, Central and Eastern parts of Europe, ancient Egypt and Near and Middle East. Some of these scripts are scarcely represented in this version, rarely with more than one font, but many, among them various variants of Egyptian hieroglyphs Hebrew, Greek, Latin as well as OCS Cyrillic are quite extensively represented" (OS: Win 98/ME/2000/XP)

Rockin Text is "a very simple yet powerful software designed to make quick text graphics. It provides various features which make it an extremely handy tool for web designers or anyone who needs to design text graphics" (OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2003)

Did you know there was a convention every year for the typographically obsessed? Yep. Registration is now open for TypeCon 2010.

Typographica, edited by Stephen Coles, is "a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design."

Have you seen a font out there and want to know what it is? Upload it to What the Font to find the closest match in their database.


  1. This is great. Thank you!

    I just want to throw in for the 5 people out there on a Mac, FontBook sounds similar to NexusFont. I think it comes standard in OS X.

    Now I'm off to check out the handwriting fonts. Thanks again!

  2. You know what the internet needs? A sarcasm font. It would really come in handy. I wonder what such a font would look like?