League Gothic is a sans-serif Gothic typeface, originally designed by American typeface designer Morris Fuller Benton in 1903. The League of Moveable Type has made this typeface available as a font under the the Open Font License as it was designed pre-Steamboat Willie and is under the public domain. Morris Fuller Benton designed over fifty typefaces, including well-known (to designers at least) ones such as Franklin Gothic, ATF Bodoni, Century Schoolbook, News Gothic, and Parisian.
How can you use League Gothic? It’s a very bold and strong font, easily readable from far away. Actually, it reminds me a lot of the Marvel Comics logo, so naturally I used it to create a tightly-spaced Batman (DC Comics) related type specimen. In all caps, the font has a very tall feeling because the legs of the letters are very tall – the x-height seems to be much taller in proportion to the full letter height than in other typefaces. The League of Moveable Type page for League Gothic has a nice type specimen for the font – it’s a clear and readable typeface for info graphics, but also could make for a nice, epic-feeling logo.
League Gothic has coverage of some accented characters in Latin Supplemental, but Latin Extended A and B are not covered:
- Fedora Font Wishlist Entry:http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/TLOMT_League_Gothic_fonts
- Upstream Homepage: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/7-league-gothic
So, you want to package League Gothic?
Way to go – you’re rad! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header:
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