distractor font

Distractor font an old letterpress typeface with free download

Distractor font is released today! The inspiration behind this font was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering – I just love that hand printed style.

Distractor is my third font, yeah. I’m really enjoying learning new things and getting all creative.

Distractor font

Distractor font characters included

Distractor typeface

A quote with the font

Distractor old letterpress

Uppercase letters


Beatles poster using Distractor

Creating the distractor font

I’m still on a long learning curve but I’m definitely getting better. Learning on the job so to speak. Like I said I wanted to make it look like a hand-printed font—but how?

I started off my creating textures using a print roller and ink. This would give me enough design grunge to make it look hand-printed.

The textures looked amazing so good in fact, I decided to sell them at my shop.

All that texture goodness was cleaned up in photoshop and then vectorized in illustrator. So much detail in the texture might cause me a few problems.

The devil is in the detail

I’ve learned that you can only fit so much detail into a typeface before Fontographer throws a wobbly and either crashes or just plain refuses to work.

At this point I have to say Fontographer is just crap. It’s the worst bit of software I’ve used in a long time. I’m hoping someone will jump into this arena one day and make a better piece of software.

Keep it simple stupid

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 is included?

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 Slab serif looks below.


I’ve updated it to include western and central european characters, and added a few more punctuation marks—around 280 glyphs now.


Buy Distractor commercial font for £5

The full commercial version of distractor now with around 280 glyphs.

Buy Distractor

Get the limited free version below

Free for non-commercial use, it has a limited character set, but enough to take it for a spin.

Get Distractor Free font

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.

That is all.

  • GORGEOUS font. Thank you so much.
    Reckoner is also one of my favorite songs of all time – I’ve seen Radiohead 11 times.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • What a cool font, thanks for sharing! It’s got the nice grunge feel I currently love 😀

    May 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm
  • You are welcome, 11 times, I’m not far off that number myself. Kick on.

    May 25, 2013 at 9:28 am
  • Mia

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this typeface Simon !

    Not only due to the fact that I love Bevan but because you took this typeface to another level – youve infused it with the nostalgia of the Old West reminiscent of the old Wanted Posters , and it also has that grunge look to it as well.

    I simply had to purchase this one as well ( but I definitely had to tweet it also ! )

    LOVE your work !

    Thank You so much once again Simon – you keep creating awesome Typefaces , I will continue purchasing them 🙂

    June 13, 2013 at 9:31 am
  • Kim

    What a cool font. I have never seen one like this. I love fonts that are like this, I think it is very creative for a designer to use.

    Thanks for putting it up.

    July 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • Jewel

    Loved this rugged one! And ‘TweetPay’ idea also cool!!

    December 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm
  • Those linocuts may be dangerous and time-consuming, but well worth the time. A great job on the font even if they weren’t utilized.

    May 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm