Distractor free font
With Distractor I wanted to make it look like a hand printed font, like the old letterpress font that look so stunning. I started off my creating textures using a print roller and ink. This would gave me enough design ammunition to to give it that hand printed look and feel.
To be honest, what I really wanted to do was a lino cut of each glyph, then hand-print those, then scan them in, then create the font. The trouble is time and money. The cost of all those bits of linocuts, combined with not wanting to part with large chunks of flesh from my hands ( linocuts are dangerous) made me think again that I will have to do it in photoshop.
Anyway, I think I’ve done quite a good job. Not quite there yet, but not bad. The more fonts I design, the more I learn. This time round I’ve learned that you can only fit so much detail into a font before fontographer throws a wobbly and either crashes or just plain refuses to work.
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 glyphs are in the Distractor font?
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 looks below.
What’s the name about?
Again, anyone who knows me, will know how bloody predictable I am. The name comes from a radiohead song called Reckoner, its taken from the line
You are not to blame for
Dare not speak its name
Dedicated to all you
all human beings
And here is the Reckoner video
I think I’m setting a trend in naming all my fonts from radiohead lyrics, I’ll have to try harder with my next font name. In fact I might run a little competition to get the best name? Hmmm yea, that could be a neat idea.
Feel free to download and use in your personal work, I wouldn’t suggest using this as a webfont as it will look nasty. If you use the typeface I would appreciate a link back or a tweet.
Thanks for popping by.
Download Distractor below
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.
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