Slab serif typeface Distractor download this old letterpress font free

Slab serif typeface Distractor, this is Distractor a new font I’ve designed loosely based on Bevan. 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 (airbag was my first. 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

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
Bittersweet distractor
Dare not speak its name
Dedicated to all you
all human beings

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.

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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Simon Stratford


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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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