Slab serif typeface Distractor download this old letterpress font free

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Slab serif typeface Distractor download this old letterpress font free

Slab serif typeface Distractor, this is Distractor a new typeface I’ve designed loosely based on Bevan. The inspiration behind this typeface was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering – I just love that hand printed style. Distractor is my third typeface, yeah (airbag was my first typeface). I’ve been busy creating and printing textures to use in the design of distractor, and now its as ready. Ready as its every gonna be.

Slab serif Distractor font

With Distractor I wanted to make it look like a hand-printed typeface, like the old letterpress typeface that look so stunning. I started off my creating textures using a print roller and ink. This would gave me enough design textures to to give it that hand printed look and feel.

To be honest, what I really wanted to do was a lino-cut of each glyph, then hand-print those, then scan them in, then create the typeface. The trouble is money and time. The cost of all those bits of linocuts, combined with not wanting to part with large chunks of flesh off my hands ( linocuts are scary) made me think that I will have to do it in Photoshop.

Anyway, I think I’ve done quite a sweet job. Not quite there yet, but not bad. The more typefaces I design, 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 typeface?

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 distractor name about?

Again, anyone who knows me, will know how bloody predictable I am. The name comes from a Radiohead song called Reckoner, its taken from the line

You are not to blame for
Bittersweet distractor
Dare not speak its name
Dedicated to all you
all human beings

And here is the Reckoner video

I think I’m setting a trend in naming all my typefaces from Radiohead lyrics, I’ll have to try harder with my next typeface name. In fact I might run a little competition to get the best name? Hmmm yea, that could be a nice idea.

Distractor usage

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. If you use the typeface I would appreciate a link back or a tweet.

Thanks for popping by.

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.

P.S. The pay with a tweet option needs to open in a new window, it also needs javascript and a browser that works. If you don’t have a working browser or twitter account you can buy the commercial font below for £5.

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  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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