before breakfast font

A hand drawn typeface called before breakfast

Found a great new app for my iPad called iFontMaker. It allows you to draw glyphs on your iPad and then turn those glyphs into a typeface.

Using the app has saved my so much time creating this font called Before Breakfast.

I really like the app, it’s so easy to use and damn quick. Obviously I only designed the major characters, numbers, and punctuation.

Once you design the font on the iPad, you simply press an upload button and the conversion is done. You can then email the download link to yourself and install on your desktop.
I challenged myself to create a font in under ten minutes—this is the result.

Before Breakfast

Apart from the hand drawn look, it was drawn right out of my head. I thought I would add a few slab bits to make it look more interesting.

I’ve kind of styled this like a slab font, so I guess you would describe it as hand-drawn slab?

I wanted it to look a bit peculiar or have a few unexpected features.

The font name?

I’ve broken away with the tradition of naming after Radiohead lyric.

I’ve decided to call this font before breakfast because I designed it before I had breakfast (I’m quite simple that way!).

I never did cook the full English breakfast that you can see in the example images.

I had egg on toast! Hmmm, egg on toast.

How to Download

You can buy before breakfast for £5, that includes all commercial uses. The font format is otf and ttf, it has over 230 glyphs (see below).

Included glyphs

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~=><%+&^@|` ÁĂÂÄÀĀĄÅÃÆĆČÇÐ ĎĐÉĚÊËĖÈĒĘĢIJÍÎÏÌĪĮĶĹĽĻĿŁŃŇŅ ŊÑÓÔÖÒŐŌØÕŒÞŔŘŖŚŠŞŦŤŢÚÛÜÙŰŪ ŲŮẂŴẄẀÝŶŸỲŹŽŻáăâäàāąåãæćčçð ďđéěêëėèēęģıíîïìijīįȷķĺľļŀł ńňņŋñóôöòőōøõœþŕřŗśšşßŧťţúû üùűūųůẃŵẅẁýŷÿỳźžż ´˘ˇ¸ˆ¨˙ ˝¯˛˚˜Please note: Before Breakfast can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission.

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That is all.

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Simon Stratford


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  1. Hi! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hey Simon the font is nice, but it isn’t free as advertised. It asks me to pay $5. Is the font not free anymore?

  3. I’m trying to use the font as webfont, but for some reason, in some mobile browser, the results are strange signs in differnet fonts, some even in the before breakfast font.

    • Ah, and by the way: I try to use this font for a website of an open youth-center in Germany. It gives a playful, child-matching look. It would be sooooooooo great, to have the letters ö,ä and ü included. Greets from Germany and thanks for this nice and easy font.

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