Distractor typeface designed and created by simon stratford

Distractor font an old letterpress typeface with free download

Distractor font is released today! The inspiration behind this font was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering – I just love that hand printed style.

Distractor is my third font, yeah. I’m really enjoying learning new things and getting all creative.

Distractor font

Distractor font characters included

Distractor typeface

A quote with the font

Distractor old letterpress

Uppercase letters


Beatles poster using Distractor

Creating the distractor font

I’m still on a long learning curve but I’m definitely getting better. Learning on the job so to speak. Like I said I wanted to make it look like a hand-printed font—but how?

I started off my creating textures using a print roller and ink. This would give me enough design grunge to make it look hand-printed.

The textures looked amazing so good in fact, I decided to sell them at my shop.

All that texture goodness was cleaned up in photoshop and then vectorized in illustrator. So much detail in the texture might cause me a few problems.

The devil is in the detail

I’ve learned that you can only fit so much detail into a typeface before Fontographer throws a wobbly and either crashes or just plain refuses to work.

At this point I have to say Fontographer is just crap. It’s the worst bit of software I’ve used in a long time. I’m hoping someone will jump into this arena one day and make a better piece of software.

Keep it simple stupid

So I had to simplify everything. What you are seeing in the screenshots is only about 30% of the detail of my original Photoshop creations, really annoying.

Mind you, I don’t actually know how many vector points you can fit in a glyph, I can’t seem to find that info anywhere.

What is included?

Well, this time round I’ve done lowercase, uppercase and numbers, but only a few other characters like a period, comma, dash and an equal glyph. You can view some samples of how Distractor Slab serif looks below.


I’ve updated it to include western and central european characters, and added a few more punctuation marks—around 280 glyphs now.


Buy Distractor commercial font for £5

The full commercial version of distractor now with around 280 glyphs.

Buy Distractor

Get the limited free version below

Free for non-commercial use, it has a limited character set, but enough to take it for a spin.

Get Distractor Free font

Please note: Although this font is free, it can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission.

That is all.

  • GORGEOUS font. Thank you so much.
    Reckoner is also one of my favorite songs of all time – I’ve seen Radiohead 11 times.

    May 10, 2013at5:20 pm
  • What a cool font, thanks for sharing! It’s got the nice grunge feel I currently love 😀

    May 21, 2013at10:16 pm
  • You are welcome, 11 times, I’m not far off that number myself. Kick on.

    May 25, 2013at9:28 am
  • Mia

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this typeface Simon !

    Not only due to the fact that I love Bevan but because you took this typeface to another level – youve infused it with the nostalgia of the Old West reminiscent of the old Wanted Posters , and it also has that grunge look to it as well.

    I simply had to purchase this one as well ( but I definitely had to tweet it also ! )

    LOVE your work !

    Thank You so much once again Simon – you keep creating awesome Typefaces , I will continue purchasing them 🙂

    June 13, 2013at9:31 am
  • Kim

    What a cool font. I have never seen one like this. I love fonts that are like this, I think it is very creative for a designer to use.

    Thanks for putting it up.

    July 23, 2013at2:22 pm
  • Jewel

    Loved this rugged one! And ‘TweetPay’ idea also cool!!

    December 13, 2013at4:33 pm
  • Those linocuts may be dangerous and time-consuming, but well worth the time. A great job on the font even if they weren’t utilized.

    May 30, 2014at3:18 pm