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 TrueType font families offered by Type Design:
Font Character set # of characters
DMCA Sans Serif 8.1 Subset2 1193
DMCA Sans Serif 9.0 Subset3+ 3309
Custom Font ttf 1.0 Subset1 678
Custom Font ttf 2.0 Subset2 1193
Custom Font ttf 3.0 Subset3 2823
Riglos Mono 1.0 LPTT-1&Subset1 2005
Riglos Mono 1.1 LPTT-1.1 2201
Riglos Mono 1.3 LPTT-1.3 3501
Riglos Mono 1.4 LPTT-1.4 3996
TD bitmaps 1.5 Subset2 1193
Fifaks 1.0 SULLIVAN-4 20090
Elementary Mono 1.0 KRA-1.0 999
List of font families that might be released in the future:
Font Character set # of characters (minimum)
Custom Font ttf 3.1 Subset3+ 3309
Custom Font ttf 4.0 Subset4 3929
Custom Font ttf 5.0 Subset5 11900ƒ
Custom Font ttf JIS Japanese 7489* (163+7326)
DMCA Sans Serif 10.0 Subset5 11900ƒ
TD square‡ KRA-1.0 999
TD square bitmapsª KRA-1.0 999
TD bitmaps 3.0 LPTT-1.1&Subset2???
Fifaks 2.0 ???› ???
Riglos Mono 1.5 LPTT-1.5 7251
Elementary Mono 1.1 KRA-1.1 1098
› contains Subset3+
ƒ Min count determined by merging the 4828 character set of the development
versions with the Japanese set of 7489 characters. They don't actually add up
because there is some overlap between the sets. It is expected that the final
release will have more characters, and in fact there are development versions
with more characters.
‡ a square font family, where font width is the same as the font height,
intended as an unconditional replacement for an unusable font.
ª a square font family like ‡ but it's in bitmaps. (8×8, 7×7, 6×6, 9×9, etc.)
* duospaced font (not monospaced); the amount of halfwidth and fullwidth
characters is given
Type Design also has development fonts (those fonts are not considered to be final releases, due to their incomplete character set or amount of styles):
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 popular sans serif fonts.
• Frutiger (commercial)
• Myriad Pro (commercial)
• Segoe UI (commercial)
• Arial (commercial)
• Tahoma (commercial)
• Verdana (commercial)
• Calibri (commercial)
• Roboto (freefont)
• Source Sans Pro (freefont)
• Open Sans (freefont)
In my opinion those proportional fonts are not as readable as 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 (freefont)
• Inconsolata (freefont)
• DejaVu Sans Mono (freefont)
• Courier New (commercial)
• Lucida Console (commercial)
• Source Code Pro (freefont)
The fundamental issue with this set of fonts 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 monospaced fake bitmap font with usable 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. .
The competitors include:
• Unifont (warning: some glyphs are fullwidth; warning: some glyphs are
incorrectly zero width)
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 license
Public domain involves the object having waived any rules of (copyright, trademark and/or patent, depending on which is made public domain, but Type Design is trusted not to register patents anyway). 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 ARE public domain, which is dependent on the copyright laws around the world because it requires waiving the copyright laws. 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, following a public domain license such as CC0, Unlicense or WTFPL.
If you own a competitor of any of the Type Design's fonts, and it is a free font, you should contact me by e-mail to select a slot and self-promote it. The self-promotion must be non-profit and of a free font. It may be HTML content (including text; using an embed webfont of the fonts you're self-promoting is allowed) or an image of 120×600 size. The recommendations are for the font self-promoted to contain at least Subset1, but it isn't strictly necessary. You should present the font in a self-promoting manner. Only free fonts may be self-promoted.
List of self-promoted fonts (the opposite of the blacklist):
• Riglos (proportional, 1999 characters) by Uo Key (trademark: all rights
reserved, but Type Design has permission)
• Elementary (proportional, 999 characters) by HughLaurie1959 (trademark:
Type Design has permission)
• SimIti (proportional, 5581 characters) by HughLaurie1959
• Forensic Tech TARU CSU (proportional, 1989 characters) by HughLaurie1959
• Manhattan Transfer (proportional, 1998 BMP and other SMP characters) by
The owner of Riglos gave me permission to use the registered trademark, therefore, Type Design now has a font named Riglos Mono which makes the font monospaced and completes Subset1 (required in fonts made by Type Design).
Blacklisted fonts are fonts that Type Design considers decent but not usable, even when the commercial licensing is taken out of consideration.
TYPE DESIGN DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANY USE ANY OF THE FONTS IN THE FOLLOWING LIST:
IF YOU USE ANY OF THE FONTS IN THIS LIST UNIRONICALLY, IMMEDIATELY REPLACE THEM WITH DMCA Sans Serif, ANY Custom Font RELEASE OR ANY STYLE OF Riglos OR ANY STYLE OF TD bitmaps.
• Fairfax (warning: exceeds bounding box in some glyphs; warning: some glyphs
are incorrectly zero width; warning: some glyphs are fullwidth; FATAL ERROR:
U+2004 does not match a multiple of the standard width, this is a proportional
font; FATAL ERROR: U+2005 does not match a multiple of the standard width, this
is a proportional font; FATAL ERROR: U+2006 does not match a multiple of the
standard width, this is a proportional font; FATAL ERROR: U+2009 does not match
a multiple of the standard width, this is a proportional font; FATAL ERROR:
U+200A does not match a multiple of the standard width, this is a proportional
Do NOT download Fairfax. The owner refused self-promotion, and that is a critical violation of the general Type Design policy. Do NOT download Fairfax HD (the full HD version of Fairfax), Kreative Square or any other Kreative font either.
Kreative also made sarcastic comments on the strict 6×12 tiling system as in Custom Font ttf 12h, and being unable to draw Vietnamese or Arabic with it. In fact, Custom Font ttf 3.0 and up already contains Vietnamese, and Custom Font ttf 5.0 DEV already contains Arabic:
Competitor fonts are advised to start including the private use characters of Fairfax and the characters for Legacy Computing Unicode block, but refuse to credit Fairfax or any other Kreative font, if anything credit Type Design for the private use characters.
Riglos is a general purpose sans serif font, only for use in Windows PowerShell ISE. The font contains 1999 glyphs, covering 5 scripts. It also contains glottal A, I and U and hebrew yod triangle. Please thank to Brynda1231 and Piotr Grochowski. Make fun of the quote, Unblocked. Uo Key. Charset: Basic Latin (95) Latin 1 Supplement (96) Latin Extended A (128) Latin Extended B (40) IPA Extensions (1) Spacing Modifier Letters (21) Combining Diacritic Marks (11) Greek (103) Cyrillic (216) Cyrillic Supplement (22) Hebrew (50) Arabic (101) Nko (10) Indic Scripts (10) Thai (11) Lao (10) Tibetan (10) Myanmar (10) Khmer (10) Mongolian (10) New Tai Lue (11) Cyrillic Extended C (9) Phonetic Extensions (9) Latin Extended Additional (136) Greek Extended (21) General Puntuaction (34) Superscripts & Subscripts (42) Currency Symbols (26) Letterlike Symbols (18) Number Forms (14) Arrows (12) Math Symbols (31) Technical Misc. (44) Control Pictures (2) OCR (11) Box Drawing (59) Block Elements (32) Geometric Shapes (39) Misc. Symbols (36) Dingbats (7) Supplemental Arrows B (18) Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols B ( 6) Supplemental Mathematical Operators (7) Misc Symbols & Arrows (16) Latin Ext C (9) Supplemental Puntuaction (11) CJK Symbols (17) Yijing Hexagram Symbols (64) Vai (10) Cyrillic Ext. B (9) Latin Ext B (11) Kayah Li (1) Alphabetic Presentation Forms (42)Arabic Presentation Forms A (44) Combining Half Marks (4) CJK Compatibility Forms (2) Arabic Presentation Forms B (90) Total: 1999 glyphs.
Forensic Tech is a font, based in Consolas, with 1989 characters and 2009 glyphs, general purpose sans serif, and proposed to extend into a Mono font with also containing Demi and Demi Italic, which is so fuckingly hard.
It has -32768 in OS/2.
Elementary is just sans serif font, covering 999 glyphs, thanking and trusting Piotr, Make fun of the quote. Basic Latin: 95 Latin-1 Supplement: 96 Latin Ext A: 128 Latin Ext B; 77 IPA; 1 SML: 267 Combining Diacritical Marks: 32 Greek: 82 Cyrillic: 134 Cyrillic supplement: 6 Latin-Ext. Add: 110 General Puntuaction: 24+1 Superscripts AND Subscripts: 42 Currency symbols: 9 Letterlike symbols: 7 Number Forms: 17 Arrows: 7 Mathematical Operators: 16+1 Misc Technical: 4 Box Drawing: 40 Block Elements: 8 Geometric Shapes: 15 Misc. Symbols: 12 PUA: 2 Ligatures: 3 Supplement Arabic: 2 Specials: 2
With 5581 characters, SimIti is a Korean and Japanese friendly font.
Manhattan Transfer is a font without sense, despite the errors, amid several characters waiting for you. 123ABCác|-.,
Type Design is promised for Manhattan Transfer Mono, with the same number of characters.