Courier is the king of typewriter faces. But if you want an alternative, something with a look reminiscent of the older, manual typewriters, consider TiredOfCourier. The family includes true italics, something very unusual in a typewriter face.
Jennerik is a plain, serifed face in which the strokes have a uniform weight. I originally designed it for printing rough drafts.
Yngreena is a serifed typeface with calligraphic origins.
Cennerik is a plain, sans-serif typeface with rounded ends. It comes in three weights: regular, bold, and extrabold.
Fishhook is a letterbat font that makes letters from fishhooks and barbs. In the plain version the fishhooks look more realistic, but the bold version may be more satisfying from a typographical perspective.
SmokeHaus is a caps-only, reverse-contrast display typeface with flare serifs and bold, rounded letters. In addition to the plain style, the family has shadowed, cracked, and two rough or dimpled versions. It was inspired by a sign on a smoke house in Gustavus, Alaska.
Hermainita is a calligraphic typeface that is very legible. Yngreena is a serifed version of this face.
This typeface was inspired by the popular typeface Machine but is not intended to be a copy of that font. It uses straight lines with circles converted to octagons.
This font began as an attempt of draw alternatives to the images of Microsoft’s Wingdings, but then grew beyond that. This new version from late 2010 has over 1400 characters, including almost all of the geometric shapes in unicode 2500 and 2B00 ranges, almost all of the arrows in the unicode 2100, 2700, 2900, and 2B00 ranges, almost all of the dingbats and symbols in the unicode 2600 and 2700 ranges, many of the pictures, symbols, and emoticons in the 1F300 to 1F600 ranges, and a few of the miscellaneous technical items in the 2300 range.
In NeedALilly the characters are composed of threaded needles.
Seasons Greetings is intended to bring Christmas cheer. It has a very limited character set, with all the letters being lower-case. One set of letters is white on black Christmas balls, while the other is black on white Christmas balls. The letters on the Christmas ornaments are from the typeface Cuthbert.
Framealot is a frame or border or page divider construction kit. By choosing and mixing various elements, a wide variety of different geometric borders or frames or dividers are possible.
BeneScriptine is an Old English or medieval face that can be used for awards and certificates, which is the major use of this sort of typeface.
As its name suggests, PlainPensle is a handwriting font that emulates printing and writing with a pencil or ballpoint pen. The plain and bold styles have hand printing that is ordinary and nondescript. The italics and bolditalics contain simple handwritten cursive.
JetJaneButton has letters on a design that looks like a computer button. Its letters are from JetJane Mono, a sans-serif monospaced font.
Wyoming Macroni is the split-serif (or Tuscan) version of the Wyoming series. The Pegged version adds a horizontal spike through the middle of the stems, which has been a popular variation of this style. Included are two shadowed versions.
Brrrrr is supposed to represent snow-covered letters, though it could also be letters covered with frosting. The lower case letters are identical to the upper-case letters.
Buried in the font is another set of letters on Christmas tree ornaments. (They are on unicode characters in the 2400 block, circled digits and letters.)
Auldroon was inspired by the pseudo-medieval fonts that were fairly popular in the late 19th century.
AndrewAndyStencil is a sans-serif, stencil font in two weights derived from the Ingrimayne font AndrewAndreas.
Zimple is a very simple blackletter face with few if any curves.
Dschoyphul is a serifed typeface that was crudely drawn with a pen. It was one of several efforts to draw a serifed typeface by pen; see also SarahfSlob, which contains a complete family of styles.
Bowling has letters on bowling pins. On the upper-case keys, the bowling pins are white with black letters and on the lower-case keys the pins are black with white letters. (The letters on the pins are from the typeface InsideLetters.)
In my first year of designing fonts, I designed this caps-only font with the extreme contrast popularized in an Art Deco style. A few years later I decorated the interiors with several patterns.
There are plenty of typefaces in this style—some quite elegant—but this one may be the right one for some purposes.
XPhyngern is a collection of pointing fingers taken from a variety of sources. Some come from the 19th century, when there were a great many used. Others are based on fingers I found in reproductions of medieval manuscripts. If you need a interesting pointing finger, try this typeface.
Two typefaces of snowflake designs; the alternative has the same designs but rotated 30 degrees.
HeyPumkin is a letterbat font designed for use in the late autumn, when the leaves are falling and the harvest is underway. October 31 is an especially good time to use it. The upper- and lower-case letters are almost identical.
Buried in the font is another set of letters on pumpkins. They are on unicode characters in the 2400 block, circled digits and letters.
BetterTypeRight has large serifs, a very high x-height, and little variation between horizontal and diagonal elements. It has the feel of a typewriter typeface, but it is not monospaced. Note the swash/small-caps versions.
I am not sure exactly how to classify these geometrical ornaments. They resemble the arabesque ornamentation of medieval Islamic art, but also have similarities to Celtic knots and to some Chinese and Korean ornamentation. The bolder of the two only works well at very large point sizes, while the thinner is designed for use at smaller point sizes. There are usually similar ornaments on the same characters of the two, but not always.
Rataczak is a stiff, awkward serifed font that was inspired by similar fonts from the 19th century. It is legible as a text font but not graceful. In addition to plain, italic, bold, bolditalic, extrabold, condensed, and condenseditalic styles, there is a striped style and a font of swash capitals.
In WaterWorks the letters are formed from pipes.
Its origins were in a specialized font for constructing mazes.
If you grew up in the north, you may have stomped out letters in the fresh snow during the winter. Memories of such winter fun helped inspire this typeface. If one can do the typeface with shoes or boots, one can also do it with bare feet and hands. Non-human variants are possible, such as bird tracks.
Argenta is an informal, "hand-printing" font that has the appearance of writing by a child in elementary school. The child handwriting characteristic is developed in the ArgentaBobbed fonts, which add dots or little balls to the ends of letters. (Could they be called, “Ball Serif?”)
A tessellation is a shape that can be used to completely fill the plane--simple examples are isosceles triangles, squares, and hexagons. The TessieDingie fonts contain tessellation shapes that can be used to construct tessellation patterns. The repeating unit, which may contain only one of the shapes or a several of the shapes, is on one key so making patterns is trivial with these fonts. TessieDingieAbstract contains abstract shapes that tessellate. TessieDingiePictures contains shapes that resemble real world objects, such as birds, animals, tools, and vehicles.
OakPark is a series of decorated typefaces with a bold Art Deco feel to them.
The heavy stems of the letters invited interior decoration, and four fonts show a variety of ways that such decoration can be made.
Have you ever had to read text from a cheap dot-matrix printer which is not aligned quite right, so that the tops of the letters are either darker or lighter than the bottoms?
The LifeAfterCollege family of four fonts is based on two styles of Ranger, which are slab-serif, geometric fonts with no curves.
Two are outlines with hollow insides, and two have-filled insides.
Twigglee was inspired by the hand lettering on the plates in a 19th century book on ornaments by Owen Jones. The upper-case letters are simply repeated on the lower-case keys.
Youbee or UB stands for ultimate blend because this font was created by blending four very different typefaces that I had designed. It works well as a semi-informal text face, but suffers at larger point sizes. The four typefaces from which Youbee was derived are slight modifications of Euroika, Ingriana, BetterTypeRight, and KampFriendship.
The FiveOh fonts are caps-only with extreme contrast between the thick and thin strokes. They have a carefree, wobbly look. The two FiveOh fonts contain four sets of upper case letters; they differ in interior decoration.
This set of four fonts, organized as a font family, consists of toy train cars with letters on them.
Upper and lower cases have different typefaces on them, so there are eight different type styles available. Some of the letters on the cars are from Salloon, TiredOfCourier, Glitzy, Qwatick, and PhederFrack.
PostScript fonts are constructed by connecting dots, dots that have special attributes that control the shape of the connecting lines. In designing Minimalist, I wanted to see how few dots could be used to construct each letter. This is the source of the name--it is (or was) a minimum-point alphabet. I did not expect much from it, and was surprised that it turned out as well as it did.
Yahosch is based on egg-shaped circular elements, with the larger part of the oval on the bottom. The thin is very readable even at smaller point sizes where it appears much like neat hand printing.
XLeafMeAlone is a collection of leaf silhouettes from common Indiana trees based on actual leaves. Various leaves, selected for their good looks not their intelligence, were scanned and hand-traced. Some species, such as some oaks, are over-represented because they are more picturesque than others, such as apple or peach. LeafMeAlone was featured in the “Type Drawer” column of Personal Publishing (later renamed Business Publishing--I do not know if it still exists) in November of 1990.
CompassOne was a design I began in 1990 or so, but did not bother to finish until five years later. Its name comes from the fact that all the letters could have been drawn with a compass (which draws circles) and a straight edge.
The typeface Demotte was a further development of this design idea.
The letters in this font are made by chopping bits from footprints. Individual letters are sometimes very hard to decipher, but when put together as words they are usually readable. In the upper-case letters the toes are at the top, and in the lower case letters they are are on the bottom. The upper case and lower case do not mix. Use one or the other.
NeuAltisch is a calligraphic version of a modernized, more rounded Fraktur.
It comes in two weights, plus three versions that are shadowed or striped.
OldHaroldRee is a modification of PhederFrack, a calligraphic fraktur face. It keeps the lower case letters and inserts a completely different set of upper-case letters, which is in the “Old English” rather than the “Old German” or fraktur style.
It comes in two weights, a bit unusual for an Old-English style typeface.
One of the odder things I remember from high school (40+ years ago) is the tile floor of hexagons in the bathroom. There is something fascinating with the way hexagons fill the plane.
IngyArrows is a set of three fonts with three sets of arrows, with one of them a blend of the other two, where normally there are standard numbers, letters, and punctuation marks.
The revision of 2011 added many of the arrows that exist in several places in the unicode codings and that cannot be accessed by normal keystrokes.