Original Font Designs by Arthur Durkee
Free Fonts 2004 & 2005
Fonts created for fun during 2004 and 2005. I'm offering these
as freeware. Feel free to download and use. All I ask is that
you keep the SIT or ZIP archives together, including the ReadMe.txt
files, if you pass them on. Also, please send me copies of any
stuff you make using them, for my own archives.
13 October 2004, Arroyo Hondo, NM
One of those nights I occasionally have, where I wake up at 4am
and know there's no point in trying to go back to sleep; I'm too
wired. So, as I usually do on these kinds of nights, I boot up
the computer and make something, or work. I worked on fonts last
night. Worked on finishing up one of those design freelances.
Then, just for fun, I made a new pair of distressed typewriter
fonts, a genre of which I am probably too fond. Actually, I like
doing elegant classic fonts, a lot, but then sometimes I need
to break out and do one of these quick, semi-improv fonts. Another
form of aleatoric artwork, using Fontographer's blend function to mess things up unpredictably.
Here they are, called BadWriter Abnormal (which of course is the
Regular face) and BadWriter Exotic. Both Macintosh PostScript
and Windows TrueType versions, with full character sets.
Mac fonts SIT archive
Windows fonts ZIP archive
Throw two incompatible typewriter fonts into the blender, and
see what happens. Ouch. And in the case of Exotic: Dot me, baby.
©2004 AP Durkee. All Rights Perversed.
Lots of folks, including some art directors, who should know better,
don't realize that font development takes time. Some folks seem to think all fonts appear magically, like Athena
being born from the forehead of Zeus, but in fact, someone had
to do a lot of picky detail work to make any given font. Even
one of my quickie fonts can take ten hours; although I try to
keep it under five. There are faster ways to make typefaces, perhaps,
but then quality can be an issue. You want proper kerning? Good
metrics? A nice look with even letterspacing, even if it's a grunge
or distressed font? Well, that all takes time. Digital tools like
Fontographer do speed up the process though; in the pre-digital
days design tasks that might take me tens of hours would have
taken months. So, none of us font geeks are complaining; but whether
we choose to charge for it or give it away as freeware, just for
the love of doing it, don't balk.
Since the US State Dept. banned Courier New 12 as their official
document font in 2005, we decided to make a memorial font in their
honor. (Blends PostCrypt with a Courier knockoff.) This is basically
a poetic/typographic protest against governmental stupidity and
Mac version (PostCrypt Type I)
Windows versions (TrueType)
All fonts on this page
© copyright 20042005 Arthur Durkee / Black Dragon Productions
All Rights Reserved.
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