I should label this entry the bi-weekly update since I've been away in Philadelphia and missed posting last week. Two new font reviews were posted while I was away. Meet Phatzzo and Bat Country—both novelty fonts from British designers.
Click on the names above to read my reviews at PCWorld.com…after a brief ad, sorry. You'll find a link with each review to download the fonts for free. Go write something with them! (Oops, do I sound like your Mom?)
Be sure to read the license information that comes with each font. Designers Ray Meadows and Laurie Jackson chose Creative Commons Licenses which allows you and me to use their fonts in a variety of ways without paying a fee and without a letter from their lawyers. Pretty darn generous considering the work involved.
How much work exactly? The gentlemen spent hours, days, weeks even, staring at the screen while moving tiny building blocks around in Fontstruct. What's this Fontstruct? Glad you asked. It's a marvelous, witty, not-hard-to-learn font building tool developed by typographer Ron Meek and the folks at Fontshop.
You'll find the details here. Register and try your hand at making a face. No pun intended! Added bonus? The site connects you to an amazing community of font enthusiasts. Plus the shop has a huge selection of affordable type and nope, I am not a shill, just a fan.
By the way, being assigned these short pieces by PCW is especially rewarding, because I make the sample graphics for the fonts I review, using the standard typing practice sentence as text. Here's how I twisted the Quick Brown Fox over the Lazy Dog using Bat Country. I've always wanted to use the word gonzo in a sentence.
Next week I'm drawing pretty flowers for a special packaging project. Details to come in the next update. See you then.
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