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Friday, March 16, 2018

Xwept Fonts - 3 CC0 Freeware Fonts

I was quite surprised to find that a client for whom I am creating a logo chose the logo rendition (that I almost didn't even include) with my own font, Xwept.

I released this as a freeware (Creative Commons 0 - Copyright credit maintained free for Personal Use without any other restriction than it and all derivatives must remain under the same CC0 license) font some time ago, but no one really seemed too interested in it.  However, as unique styles go, this font seemed to fit the needs of his logo, specifically.  I even created a more muted version of the first Xwept font in order to find a good complementary font for the second line of text.

The original font is actually Xwept Small, named as such because of the smaller loops, ascenders and case style found in the lowercase a, b, d, e, g, i, j, k, m, n & t letters.  Eventually, I will change a few more of the lowercase letters, trying to compact them vertically.

I can remember David Carson asking me if I had any new crazy fonts.  He liked to use them when he was the art director for Ray Gun Magazine so that reading his Rock 'n Roll articles were an adventure.  I had no idea I'd fall in love with creating these fonts, myself.

But I also knew that I had to make the necessary corrections required for most everyone else (mainstream public and media).  Otherwise, my unique fonts aren't even going to get a second look.  After all, I would like to fit in and contribute to society, somewhere, somehow.  

So a more tamed version of Xwept was created.  And it did look good as the top line of my client's logo, but it still needed to be toned down and given a uniqueness of its own for the next couple lines of text, which was more descriptive and less logo-ish, it needed to be more legible (unless of course, you are an alien).  

So, because I could not find a font that complemented Xwept without over-powering it, or just being too lame, I created Xwept Plain Spoken for Common Folk, which offers its own unique flair but still works with Xwept.

I am going to update that font further, as well, and introduce the theme of the font to more of the characters.  In this case I will see it as an improvement, so it will be the same crazy font name, Xwept Plain Spoken for Common Folk, but a new version to overwrite this first one.  So, if you like it, grab it now.  ;)

Free Handlettered Script Font Marhaban

Marhaban is another elegant free commercial hand lettered cursive script font that is available at Font Bundles, and once again, you get their Premium License...

Bricklane Lettered Free Font + Bonus Illustrations

Bricklane is a unique lettering font that lends itself to a multitude of vintage or retro styling opportunities, including for outdoor/adventure, nature, animals, posters, packaging, clothing labels, T-shirt designs and many other informal settings.  The font is also a great option for certain appropriate branding situations.

Bricklane offers multilingual uppercase and lowercase characters, a stylistic set, punctuation and symbols in OpenType font or TrueType font format files.  This free font distribution archive includes bonus hand-drawn illustrations. 

While not for redistribution, this can be used for commercial, non-profit and personal purposes within the guidelines of the premium license, including allowing family and friends the ability to use the font for their own personal use. Just send 'em to pick up the free font themselves at this link if they need it for any commercial use.

Free Commercial Font of the Week

For the next four days or so, Dublin is the free font of the week at Font Bundles...

This font is a commercial font, and comes with a premium license.  I would not use it as a webfont, incase the site wound-up drawing more than 100,000 views/month (as per the limit of the premium license), but it could be used in website graphics and would do well in logos you want styled in this manner.

Here's the premium license breakdown copied directly from the Font Bundles website...

Premium License

Our Premium License allows you to create personal and commercial use products.
Acceptable Use:
  • Unlimited projects for yourself, family members, and friends.
  • Projects for commercial use to be sold to customers.
Commercial use no limit examples include:
  • Making physical crafts/artwork and selling them at craft fairs and/or online.
  • Printing and Selling Physical non-customizable products such as T shirts - Read Print on Demand Acceptable Use
  • Making flyers for a client, printing and distributing them.
  • Using products downloaded/purchased from us in an app, which is available to download to a mobile device.
  • Using products downloaded/purchased from us in your favourite software such as Cricut Design Space, Silhouette Studio, and Adobe Illustrator to make an ‘end product’ for sale.
Commercial use limited examples include:
  • Use of web fonts up to a total 100,000 page views per month.
  • Use of products in eBooks/printed book titles up to 10,000 sales a month.
  • Use of products downloaded/purchased directly within music videos, TV episodes, films or other broadcast productions up to 100,000 views per month.
Non-acceptable Use:
  • Distributing files downloaded/purchased from us in any manner, including: selling, giving away for free, or as part of a package of products.
  • Allowing more than one user to use items downloaded/purchased from us to make projects for personal or commercial use.
  • Using products downloaded/purchased from us in TV, films, music videos, or any other broadcast productions above 100,000 views per month.
  • Converting fonts into different formats without written permission from the designer.
  • Creating a digital product to sell/distribute which only consists of the letters/numbers of a font, or a design which closely resembles the design element downloaded/purchased from us.
  • Allowing end users to customize and print on demand products using fonts/designs downloaded from us.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Free Font Southampton Signature Script Font

Check out the very pretty, elegant script that is appropriate for branding, and weddings, or formal invitations, the typography "Southampton Signature" is a free for personal use demo of a commercial calligraphic script by Creatype Studio. It has a full uppercase and lowercase character set, although you have to get the full commercial licensed version from Creative Market.

Free Personal Use Only Version:

Full Commercially Licensed Version ($16):

The commercial license allows for
  • Commercial Use
  • Unlimited Number of Projects
  • Unlimited End Products For Sale
Creatype Studio is from Indonessia, and has quite a few fonts available. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Font Groups/Communities...

One of the things that is hard for me is the promotion.  Sure, I can add design my own fonts, search for good ones that are OK for commercial use online, create more refined documentation for each new distribution archive, and add them to Font-Journal, but if I don't tell anyone, no one is going to check them out.

This blog is only one means of promoting good freeware and free commercial fonts, and last year I spent more time trying to recover data from hard drivers than I did working.  So, I haven't been around much, but I have been adding fonts and sharing the leads I get on good free commercial fonts in my Facebook group, "Digital Fonts", and on Google+ communities, "Fonts".

Digital Fonts Group on Facebook


Remember also, that I'm a poor (fat, old) artist wanna-be that makes a meager living off the internet trying to sell fresh logo/graphic/website designs and branding packages, domain registration and hosting services, encrypted servers, webmaster tools, custom built PCs, upgraded Macs, tech support, video production services, T-shirts, and also offer a smattering of really well researched affiliate links.

But the point is that I haven't actually been making a real living here, which is why I haven't had a capable design & video production laptop computer for the past 2 months.  But now that my PC issues have been addressed, I really need to ramp up the promotions, because I need to find a way to make a living on the internet.  No one wants to hire an old, fat, crippled designer that is just one class short of his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, who holds onto illusions of grandeur by harboring dreams of becoming a famous artist one day.

But here is where it hurts, although I have always been an ad man, enjoyed marketing, personas and studied brands in great detail, I still harbor great dread of becoming a worthless scumbag spammer, even if by accident.  And if you don't know what you are doing, that is the easy road to take, a mistake that may never be rectified.

While I do know what I am doing, I haven't ever made the effort I should because I hate spam, and I am working in the online medium where quite frankly, spam dominates the world by using tricks, deception, propaganda and curates messages of hopelessness.

But whether or not I like it, I have to do more promotion.  Still, people could make my job easier by joining one of the two groups I have setup on Google+ or Facebook.

Originally, both groups were called "Fonts" but I changed the one at Facebook to "Digital Fonts" in order to secure a custom URL I seem to have forgotten.  But I use the short links from my W3N.US site to get to each easily:

Google+ community: "Fonts" uses the short link:
Facebook group, "Digital Fonts" uses the short link:

Thanks for helping me out by joining one of the two groups above... sometimes just getting the works out there doesn't allow for the time required to promote and market it as well as I would like. Plus: clientele. deadlines. technology. You know the game, it's life.

Montclar Hand Printing Sans Font with Food Flair Including Food Icons


Montclar is a hand printed font that comes with some food icons for a restaurant menu layout. Latin & Cyrillic. The price is good, it's a free font download.

This free font comes with our Premium License which allows Commercial and Personal Uses.