Slab serif Distractor
With Distractor I wanted to make it look like a hand-printed font, like the old letterpress font that look so amazing. 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.
To be honest, what I really wanted to do was a linocut of each glyph, then hand-print those. Then scan them in, then create the typeface. The trouble is time and money.
The cost of all those bits of linocuts, combined with not wanting to part with large chunks of flesh off my hands, linocuts are dangerous. I will have to do it in the mix with Photoshop.
Anyway, I think I’ve done quite a good job. Not quite there yet, but not bad. The more I create, the more I learn. This time round 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.
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 glyphs are in the Distractor Slab serif font?
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.
What’s the name about?
Again, anyone who knows me will know how bloody predictable I am. The name comes from a Radiohead song called Reckoner, it’s taken from the line
You are not to blame for
Dare not speak its name
Dedicated to all you
all human beings
Feel free to download and use in your personal work, I wouldn’t suggest using this as a web font as it will look nasty.
Buy Distractor commercial font for £5
Download Distractor below
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.
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