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Old 06-24-2005, 07:36 AM   #1
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I have been exploring the interesting Harold’s Fonts collection.

This site has an impressive and diverse collection of free and shareware fonts. Some come from familiar Dover books and old type specimens, but others are based on such varied sources as film titling, the embroidered lettering in the Bayueux Tapestry, a string of pearls, imprints of old rubber stamps, artist Ben Shahn’s lettering, and there is even a typeface based on the @ sign in Century Schoolbook.

There are many free fonts, but he also offers $5 sets (4 or 5 fonts in a family) and CD collections.

The links below are to a few of the fonts on his site that caught my eye.

Cinderella, from one of the Dan X. Solo collections from Dover.

Madfont, an all-caps font based on the Mad Magazine cover type, with tightly spaced version in the upper case, a looser one in lower.

Esquivel, a family of fonts based on an old Esquire magazine logotype, includes regular, condensed and an inline (engraved) version. $5 shareware.

Aardvark Café, based on the hand lettering used for the Hard Rock Café logo.

Rough Draft, sketched all caps characters with bits of guidelines showing. Free, or for $5 get a four-font set of regular, outlines, loose fill, and solid fill.

Rebus Font, a collection of little pictures that can be used to make rebus puzzles, inspired by the TV show Concentration.

Koch Dingbats, images designed to work with Koch’s Neuland face (available from Adobe and Linotype in a single weight or as a multi-style family from Treacyfaces). This is one of six sets of pi or dingbat fonts on the page.

Olde Chicago, based on the original Mac system font, translated into a sort of blackletter text face.

Koch Quadrat, Rudolf Koch’s constructed letters. A free version has 26 letters; a sharewave 5-font set includes many more, including layering fonts for adding color.

Blocked, a version of an old Letraset font that I always loved (and never found a use for). A basic font is free, but $5 gets more. (He also has Wireframe, based on Bombere, another Letraset face that seems to have vanished from their catalog.)

Frank the Architect, like Tekton, based on architect Frank Ching’s hand-lettering, but much freer and prettier than Tekton. $5 shareware.

Bifur, one of my irrational favorites from Cassandre, is a two-part font — a stencil font plus a fill font. The fill made of fine lines is difficult to do in a digital font (you almost need a separate font for each size). The free version of Bifur attempts that. If you pay $5 to get the 6-font set, you get solid fills as well.

Atlas Stripe (and Atlas Solid if you spring $5 for the set) — art deco fonts.


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