DTG Design Center Fall Fonts Festival
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The 11th Annual Fall Fonts Festival

Each fall we celebrate fonts in the Design Center... touring the best boutique fonts foundries on the web -- and you can bet things have changed! The fonts are better, the samples are better and the selection is; well, simply out of this world.

Last month we had 7 new font foundrys contact us to be in the October issue, but only one followed up with information about their fonts. Please remember that your font information gets better priority and exposure if you send enough information. We don't have the resources to spend hours digging up your fonts to promote!

fun with type

This issue's theme is fun with type! We thought it would be fun to highlight a selection of type that will be fun to use, and portray a "fun" atmosphere for your project. As usual you can download these in our Publishers' Warehouse, or by finding their names in a Google search.

Ray Larabie provides the header for out story today with his Retro Freeware font called "1980 Portable" created back in 1998. The font is a "dancing" sans serif -- but it has a grid of boxes above and below, as you can see in this sample. Stripping those out makes a pretty fun font! Thank you Ray

Hero of Fools

Hero of Fools font from our good friend Jakob Fischer is another of those whacky, fun fonts that dances its way into your heart. Jakob says this is a display font for non-commercial use -- but for commercial uses all you have to do is contact him. Jakob is, of course, is the Pizza Dude

bouncing speedball

Now if you look closely, you'll see that Speed Ball #2 (2001) is very similar in flavor and style but with straight legs and slanted serifs it too is a lot of fun. Both Speed Ball #2 and Speed Ball #3 are from none other than font maestro Nick Curtis. Both are Freeware.


While Speed Ball #3 above doesn't have serifs, it holds true to the "speed ball" concept as a single stroke, uniform-thickness font. Speed Ball #3 does indeed portray almost an atmosphere somewhere between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. You can have some fun with this one by capitalizing on its up/down motions and unique character shapes and beautifully round 'O's.


Speaking of Art Nouveau, Acadian is distributed as shareware as part of a promotion for the Scriptorium Font Library. David Nalle (Ragnarok) fashioned this font in 1994, after the original by H. H. Thorp in 1883 -- a whimsical mixture of Art Nouveau and swish-swash movement.


Another Art Nouveau face is Advert, (1993) a revival of the original font called Herkules, developed by Rick W. Mueller of Elkader, IA. This font has many uses because of its heavy weight yet light feeling -- one of the aspects which popularized it in the 1960s. Again, this one needs to be confined to display type use only -- yet in this setting, it can be used for short bursts of smaller type.

Spit Shine

Rich Gast writes: "Spit Shine" was so named because it reminded me of the toes of my boots during basic training so many years ago. Black as midnight, but brilliant in the light. Oh, how I hated those damn boots! Spit shining boots ..... a major waste of time. But you get a font out of the deal." Spit Shine (1999) is a freeware face with very limited use -- but when you do use it, there's no need for further modification beyond fixing some odd spacing.

Fat Stack

Fat Stack is a rough-and-ready comic book style font by Nate Piekos of Blambot Comic Fonts. Nate comments "What do you get when you take one stir crazy designer and give him a handful of felt tip markers?" This font! It's wacky! Designed for a burger joint menu Nate did a few months ago. Use it to add some hand-roughed personality to your project!

But there's more...

All of our fonts this month are either shareware or freeware and, as usual, can be downloaded through the Publishers' Warehouse Loading Dock or by visiting the web pages of the font creators. Most include a Read-Me file that tells more about the font and provides licensing info for the font's use and/or shareware contribution.

Continue for more 2005 Fonts Festival

Be sure to visit this year's P22 fonts!

We always invite you to share your favorite freeware or shareware fonts for the DTG readers. Got comments or suggestions? Just give us a shout.

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