Type Design — fonts

Type Design offers free fonts made by Piotr Grochowski. Type Design will never assign prices for fonts because they are freeware. Therefore commercial designers that can only use paid fonts cannot use those fonts as they will always be public domain. The fonts in Type Design are generally monospaced because the monospaced property provides useful reading balance not achieved in many other competing fonts.
List of fonts offered by Type Design:

Font				# of characters

DMCA Sans Serif 8.1		1193
DMCA Sans Serif 9.0		3309
DMCA Sans Serif Condensed 9.0	3309
Custom Font ttf 1.0		678
Custom Font ttf 2.0		1193
Custom Font ttf 3.0		2823

List of fonts that might be released in the future:

Font				# of characters (minimum)

Custom Font ttf 4.0		3290
Custom Font ttf JIS		7489* (163+7326)

* duospaced font (not monospaced); the amount of halfwidth and fullwidth characters is given

There are many fonts that compete with the fonts provided by Type Design.

Competitors of DMCA Sans Serif

DMCA Sans Serif is intended as a general purpose sans serif font (not a programming font), therefore it competes with other general purpose sans serif fonts:
• Frutiger
• Myriad Pro
• Segoe UI
• Roboto
• Arial
• Tahoma
• Verdana
• Calibri
I believe those proportional fonts are worse than DMCA Sans Serif because monospaced fonts have a much more balanced look than proportional fonts. But let's take a look at other commonly used monospaced fonts:
• Droid Sans Mono
• Inconsolata
• DejaVu Sans Mono
• Courier New
• Lucida Console
• Source Code Pro
• Consolas (Microsoft)
The fundamental issue with this set of fonts (except for the last one) is different. Those fonts are programming fonts, meaning they weren't designed with general-purpose in mind. That's terrible for reading. However, DMCA Sans Serif provides the best of both worlds — being general-purpose for text reading, yet also providing balance with its monospaced property. It isn't a programming font, and it deserves to be used commonly in any cases where text is read.

Microsoft Consolas on the other hand, suffers from some design flaws, although not as many as all the others. The design flaws are in outlines as well as the hinting. It doesn't look like a programming font at all, it looks like a general purpose sans serif font. DMCA Sans Serif follows a very similar design but fixing the design flaws. It doesn't infringe the copyright or trademark of Consolas.

Competitors of Custom Font ttf

Custom Font ttf is a fake bitmap font with decent Unicode support. Its fake bitmap property and the fact that the critical WGL4 set is well designed makes it suitable for terminals and command prompts, unlike DMCA Sans Serif.

Terminal is a competitor that's included in Microsoft Windows. It originates from DOS and it's a true bitmap font, whose codepage is the system codepage. The problem is it can't adapt to arbitrary WGL4 data and environments that don't support bitmap fonts. Also, I find the letterforms of DOS quite arbitrary and they look more retro than they look general-purpose, not to mention that Terminal has regional differences, with some sizes not available in some regional variants, while some are half the pixel aspect ratio (I've seen size 12 being not available in the CP852 version instead having size 24 that's vertically stretched), etc. .

There are many fake bitmap fonts with WGL4 support out there made with various software, so the choice of the font is a matter of preference, and my preference is Custom Font ttf.

Open source

Open source is when the source is available and has free licensing. DMCA Sans Serif does offer the source files because opening a ttf file in FontForge appears to be a lossy operation, and the control instructions files are used for hinting. Custom Font ttf does not offer the source files because it's easier to derive the bitmap source from the font than it is to derive the font from the bitmap source; therefore Custom Font ttf isn't open-source but is public domain. I don't care much for fonts being open source, but I do care for fonts to be public domain.

Public domain

Public domain involves the object having no rules of copyright or trademark. Public domain is not to be confused with open source, as public domain software don't have to have their source available, and open-source software are not necessarily public domain. All fonts at Type Design are public domain. They're not assigned a license or copyright, they ARE public domain, which is independent of the copyright laws around the world. Type Design recommends only using public domain fonts; using any font licensed otherwise is not recommended by Type Design. By the system of public domain software, you may freely distribute, modify, publish, delete, relicense, use, sell or clone any of your forks of any of the copyrights (font files and archives, and sources if available) and trademarks (font names) of Type Design.


Name: Piotr Grochowski
E-mail: piotrunio-2004@wp.pl
GitHub: https://github.com/PiotrGrochowski
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