shameless font packaging begging again

SMonohand is a cool monospace handwritten font done by dalles on Open Font Library.

I saw a presentation today done with a blackboard background using Apple’s Chalkboard font. I think SMonohand might be a good font to do this kind of thing in an open way. It will probably appeal to kids too.

Anyone up for packaging it? 🙂 🙂

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


20 thoughts on “shameless font packaging begging again

  1. Are we packaging individual fonts? Or could we create some sort of otf-fonts-free package that contains like the top 10 free fonts?

    Posted by Scott Baker | September 22, 2009, 11:03 am
    • We do package individual fonts. I’d rather have a lot more than top ten 🙂

      Typically though a font family has more than one font, in this case there’s just one and it’s regular / non-bold / non-italic.

      Posted by mairin | September 22, 2009, 11:07 am
  2. We do package individual fonts (and forbid font packs since the ones we did in Fedora before didn’t age well).


    There are many fonts to package, and few people doing the packaging, so if you’re interested do try your luck and make Máirín happy. It’s not hard (if time consuming)

    Posted by Nicolas Mailhot | September 22, 2009, 11:41 am
  3. For a personal taste, you can do your own handwritten font at http://www.fontcapture.com/

    You fill a sheet, upload it and then you will get a TrueType font by your own.

    Posted by Germán Póo-Caamaño | September 22, 2009, 12:01 pm
  4. Don’t take me too serious, but this font could have some serious Comic Sans potential. If that’s a good thing or bad thing you can decide for yourself 😛

    Posted by Erik Snoeijs | September 22, 2009, 4:52 pm
  5. It reminds me too much of the awful Comic Sans font.

    Posted by ReinoutS | September 22, 2009, 6:30 pm
  6. Are you joking? It’s a copy of Comic Sans. And you want to use it for presentations? This is why Open Source isn’t taken seriously. Unprofessional and amateurish design work.

    Educate yourself – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans#Ban_Comic_Sans_movement

    Posted by Bob Bobson | September 22, 2009, 6:33 pm
    • Apple copied Comic Sans…

      Of course I know this argument doesn’t work for the non fan-bois and girls (of which I am not a peer either)

      I still think there is a place for such fonts.

      Posted by mairin | September 24, 2009, 2:29 am
  7. I think it looks awesome 🙂

    Posted by Dread Knight | September 23, 2009, 6:20 am
  8. Mo, sometime after I migrate back to Boston (right after FUDCon), we’re going to have a font packaging party and get Really, Really Good at packaging fonts. Then we can start making “Ha! Another new font packaged!” posts as well. 😉

    Posted by Mel | September 24, 2009, 2:23 am
  9. Why would anyone want to use a Comic Sans MS monospaced lookalike is beyond me. Even if you want something casual, this (as Comic Sans MS) is a badly executed font, with a poor design. The style is not really coherent from letter to letter, with some really simple while others sport serif-like cruft.

    Well, more choice to the people i guess. As long as it’s not a default or recommended font in any sensible application.

    Posted by Florent V. | September 26, 2009, 3:14 pm
  10. @Florent for fun.

    Posted by Máirín Duffy | September 26, 2009, 3:26 pm


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