Thatcher Ulrich’s free font Tuffy is a nice sans serif that comes with no strings attached. While the licensing status of most free fonts is unclear at best, Thatcher has released Tuffy into the public domain.
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Our old favorite Jack Usine has only released one free font in 2006. Luckily, it was the awesome AUdimat, currently featured as our banner font.
Reader Lisa asks:
Are there any dingbat fonts you know of with furniture?
Okay, you can stop the rioting; I’m back. The past few weeks were a little nuts and involved moving, buying way too much furniture and arguing with some rip-off artists at what I’m pretty sure is a money-laundering operation disguised as a sofa store. Anyway, you guys don’t care about that, so here’s a font:
When a co-worker asked me to find a Novella clone for a friend’s wedding invitations, I figured I’d just do a half-assed search and tell him I didn’t have any luck. Fortunately for the bride & groom, Novella was used on a Smashing Pumpkins album cover, so the billions and billions of Pumpkins fans (or as I’ve just decided to call them, Corganisms) were clamoring for a free clone. So I managed to find a pretty good one called Santa’s Sleigh (scroll to the bottom).
It’s easy to hate on free fonts. The average free font is hideous. The average free dingbat font, however, is not only hideous, but also completely useless. Sure it might look cute on his site, but when are you every actually going to need 100 of some Swedish guy’s drawings of pastries?
Kenn Munk’s Karmaflage isn’t so much a dingbat as a “system for building ornamental camouflage patterns.” From the readme:
Numerals produce one type of camouflage, upper case letters another type and lower case letters a third. For best results, set leading to 0 and use two or more layers, keeping each type of camouflage-ornament in its own layer.
Anyone else got some dingbats that don’t suck?
(Thanks to Coles, and a couple other chumps who were too slow, for the Kenn Munk link).
Jefferson Gothic Oblique is a great font, but it’ll take you a little bit of work to get it. When you sign up for P22’s mailing list, they’ll send you the URL where you can download Jefferson and a couple other (far less interesting) faces. Thanks to my new buddy Jon Hicks for the link.
Thanks for visiting Fontleech, the only graphic design related site on the web that won’t bore you to tears with endless speculation and commentary on the Adobe/Macromedia thing.