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A hand drawn typeface called before breakfast

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A hand drawn typeface called before breakfast

Found a great new app for my ipad called iFontMaker that 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, you imagine how long drawing and scanning then converting and spacing all the characters would take. It takes a long time!, even for something this simple.

So I challenged myself to create a font in under ten minutes and this is the result. I really like the app, its so easy to use and its dam quick. Obviously I only designed the major characters, numbers and punctuation – I could have done all the glyphs but not in under ten mins. 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.

Using the app has saved my so much time, you imagine how long drawing and scanning then converting and spacing all the characters would take. It takes a long time!.

Before Breakfast

Apart from the hand drawn look, it was drawn right out of my head, its nothing like my own handwriting I just 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 traits, trouble with that is if you go too crazy it looks rubbish.

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! Incidentally if you’ve not tried a full English breakfast I would highly recommend that you do. Its amazing but only for a treat every now and then as it contains about one million calories and a pound of fat.

How to Download

You can buy before breakfast for £5, that includes all commercial uses.


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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  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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