Thursday, July 26


Font Set Two Is In The Water!

Font set two, featuring the work of the astoundingly prolific Manfred Klein.  I've only used a small selection of his work, the fonts I felt best suited to blog banners... Out of what I've downloaded so far.  That still makes for over 160 fonts.

Just as I was preparing this post, I heard back from Manfred giving me the go ahead.  So we're cool for school. smile

Samples in the extended entry; 164 files, total about 1.3MB.


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Pretty cool, but some of those are basically illegible.

When I first loaded this page, the comment entry box and the Preview and Post buttons had become detached from the editor bar and were floating somewhere in the middle of the post.

When I clicked into the box, it jumped down here where it's supposed to be, but right now I'm looking at the Preview and Post buttons still loitering above the MyMedieval font. This is probably an IE specific problem. I've seen something similar happen on other blogs.

Let me see what happens when I hit Preview.


Looks like everything is in its place now.

Posted by: Will at Friday, July 27 2007 01:26 AM (olS40)

Pretty cool, but some of those are basically illegible.
True. Some of them are just there for stylistic value; others are readable at larger sizes. Font Set One is a cleaner set of designs, reflecting the different intents of the two designers.

Since they're just for blog banners and no-one is forced to use any of them, I'm not going to worry if some are hard to read. (The really illegible ones I've already weeded out...)  I wanted to provide a nice range of designs even at the expense of legibility.

The one where everything is trilaterally symmetrical is actually legible at larger sizes. Sort of. wink

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 27 2007 01:48 AM (PiXy!)

3 Oh, and the one that is entirely illegible is braille.  (Which you might have guessed.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 27 2007 01:51 AM (PiXy!)

4 You must be talking about the MK-Kleidos Chaplina font. I still can't make some of the letters out. The 19 CRT at home set to 1600 x 1200 was impossible. The 19" LCD at work set to 1280 x 1024 isn't much better. I had to hover over the image for the alt to even figure out the name.

Posted by: Will at Friday, July 27 2007 04:02 AM (SOx9v)

5 Yep. But in a larger font size, it looks like this:

Not very useful below about 60-point, I admit.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 27 2007 04:23 AM (PiXy!)


I have no idea how useful this will be to you, so I offer it without comment: The Font Pool

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 27 2007 03:47 PM (+rSRq)

7 Thanks, that's one I hadn't seen.

The problem I've been having is with licensing. There's a ton of fonts out there that are cheap or free, but 98% of the time there are restrictions on use. You can't use it for commercial purposes, or it's only licensed for one computer, or whatever. There are very, very few fonts that are under open-source style licenses.

Fortunately I was able to contact these two designers and they generously agreed to let me use these fonts. Otherwise I'd be limited to a handful of typefaces like Gentium, Charis, and Bitstream Vera, or paying hundreds of dollars per font for a site license.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 27 2007 04:01 PM (PiXy!)


Now that you have a real swarm of them, and given that they're mainly just for creating logos, you probably don't need any more.

A site license would be a real problem. IIRC, you're planning on selling this software eventually, aren't you? It's not just about creating a hosting service.

If you needed a site license for fonts, then so would everyone who bought your software. Obviously unacceptable.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 27 2007 05:48 PM (+rSRq)

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