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pyrandon
08-02-2007, 01:24 PM
Here is the first of what I hope is a large community-compiled library of favorite fonts for use on fantasy maps.

When you post your favorites, please limit to a reasonable number (say 3 -4 or so); thereby this literally will both be a truly "favorite font" thread and the user won't be overwhelmed with too many choices. :)

Anglo-Saxon Caps http://www.abstractfonts.com/font/1982

Aniron http://www.thehutt.de/tolkien/fonts.html

Caeldera http://www.blambot.com/fonts.shtml (scroll down in the left window to "Title Fonts")

Joshua_101
10-17-2007, 09:04 AM
What a great idea!

I really like that "Aniron" font and I think I might steal it.

So I think I got all of mine at www.fontfreak.com because they have a large selection of both Mac and PC fonts available.

BtW: Does anybody know of a dingbat font for map icons? Like a font that has castles, towers, cities, boats, sea monster, compass rose, etc, etc... I think that would be really useful because of a font's vector scalebility.

NeonKnight
10-17-2007, 09:51 AM
What a great idea!

I really like that "Aniron" font and I think I might steal it.

So I think I got all of mine at www.fontfreak.com because they have a large selection of both Mac and PC fonts available.

BtW: Does anybody know of a dingbat font for map icons? Like a font that has castles, towers, cities, boats, sea monster, compass rose, etc, etc... I think that would be really useful because of a font's vector scalebility.

Closest I found was this:


And this one of Floorplans of all things:

http://fonts.lordkyl.net/archives/scpt/flrp.zip


http://www.speakeasy.org/~ecf/midages.htm

FlatEarth
10-18-2007, 03:46 PM
Caeldera http://www.blambot.com/fonts.shtml (scroll down in the left window to "Title Fonts")

Caeldera is certainly one of my favorites! I used to run FlatEarth.com before it degenerated and I sold it (you should see who owns the domain now! :o), and Nate Piekos at blambot made that font to honor the collaborative world-building project we had there. The world project name was Caeldera, of course.
I noticed Joshua_101 also has Flat Earth Scribe, another Piekos creation for FlatEarth.com. Nate is a really great resource for fonts, and blambot is my favorite font site.

I ran the FlatEarth.com site for over 10 years, and in it's golden age it was a great place. Sadly, in later years it was overrun with munchkins (and I was overwhelmed with Real Life) and I decided to give it up. It had a good run, though.

- Darin

ravells
10-18-2007, 04:55 PM
Welcome to the guild FlatEarth! In your honour (well not really!) I think we should make this font thread a sticky - it's too useful to let flow down the threads. Caledra is one of my favourite fonts, although I haven't had the right context to use it properly but it's one I always consider. Please make more!

Ravs

Robbie
10-18-2007, 06:41 PM
Caeldera is certainly one of my favorites! I used to run FlatEarth.com before it degenerated and I sold it (you should see who owns the domain now! :o), and Nate Piekos at blambot made that font to honor the collaborative world-building project we had there. The world project name was Caeldera, of course.
I noticed Joshua_101 also has Flat Earth Scribe, another Piekos creation for FlatEarth.com. Nate is a really great resource for fonts, and blambot is my favorite font site.

I ran the FlatEarth.com site for over 10 years, and in it's golden age it was a great place. Sadly, in later years it was overrun with munchkins (and I was overwhelmed with Real Life) and I decided to give it up. It had a good run, though.

- Darin

I used to LOVE the flatearth website in its heydey...wow I must say I'm honored to have you here on my site now as a member...

MGCJerry
10-23-2007, 06:42 PM
While they might not necessarily be "favorite" fantasy fonts, I have created 2 fonts several years ago for my game and some projects. I've never distributed but I'd be willing to share them if anyone is interested.

http://2thextreme.org/forum_images/cg_fonts.gif

Anyway, my favorite fonts depend on the purpose of the map.

For maps that are just for show, I like using handwritten like fonts. For sci-fi based maps on starcharts and stuff, I use what looks like a LCD font.

Functional in-game maps are usually done with 10 or 12 pt Verdana.

RobA
10-23-2007, 07:44 PM
BtW: Does anybody know of a dingbat font for map icons? Like a font that has castles, towers, cities, boats, sea monster, compass rose, etc, etc... I think that would be really useful because of a font's vector scalebility.

For more symbolic things, a nice font is Bullet Balls AOE on this page (http://www.dingbatdepot.com/fonts_category.php?Page=1&Records=70&ID=Creative) (plus a lot of other interesting symbols there.

Attached is a sample...

And some of the other dingbat/wingding fonts have basic symbols, like a plain compass rose....

-Rob A>

Paul
10-23-2007, 09:10 PM
You can't go wrong with the Crazy Diamond font line (don't worry, it's short). They're all historical fonts. You've probably seen them before, actually, since the creators also created many of the paper props from the Harry Potter films (Italic Hand is Dumbledore's penmanship).

http://www.crazydiamond.co.uk/fonts/fontlist.html

17th Century Print is excellent for map notes on a legend.

The Paul Llyod collection is also worth browsing:
http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/lloyd/

I especially like Graphis and Hominis (I can't direct link, but you can get to them easily from the above link).

ravells
10-24-2007, 03:05 AM
The crazy diamond font set is fantastic! Great find, Paul!

FlatEarth
10-29-2007, 04:18 PM
You can't go wrong with the Crazy Diamond font line (don't worry, it's short). They're all historical fonts. You've probably seen them before, actually, since the creators also created many of the paper props from the Harry Potter films (Italic Hand is Dumbledore's penmanship).

http://www.crazydiamond.co.uk/fonts/fontlist.html

17th Century Print is excellent for map notes on a legend.

The Paul Llyod collection is also worth browsing:
http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/lloyd/

I especially like Graphis and Hominis (I can't direct link, but you can get to them easily from the above link).

The Crazy Diamond fonts are beautiful, but a little too expensive for me. You get what you pay for, I guess.
The Paul Lloyd font site is great, I will have to dig around a little bit in that one.

One of my favorite sites for fonts is Scriptorium
http://www.fontcraft.com/csa/fontcraft.php
They also sell their fonts, but you can often find a freeby to try out.

FlatEarth
10-29-2007, 04:24 PM
I used to LOVE the flatearth website in its heydey...wow I must say I'm honored to have you here on my site now as a member...

I am just glad you have this site! Map making and fonts are things I am truly interested in, so finding such a well run site dealing with map making is a real treat for me.
Well done!

Valarian
10-30-2007, 10:04 AM
Site with a lot of free fonts: http://www.creamundo.com/index.php?lang=en

ravells
10-30-2007, 11:12 AM
Some very nice symbol / Dingbat fonts there too. Great find, Ian.

FlatEarth
11-03-2007, 01:35 PM
Site with a lot of free fonts: http://www.creamundo.com/index.php?lang=en

Dang, that site has a lot of fonts! I didn't even get through the A's and saw half a dozen great ones I have never seen before. Great Find!

jaerdaph
11-03-2007, 02:09 PM
You can download fonts of the map symbols used in the maps for Monte Cook's Ptolus here:

http://www.ptolus.com/cgi-bin/page.cgi?mpress_Ptolus_enhance4

Kvp
11-11-2007, 07:22 PM
Another great website for fantasy fonts is dafonts (http://www.dafont.com/)

keithcurtis
11-13-2007, 11:28 PM
Keep in mind that the Blambot "free" fonts are only free for online webcomic purposes. I wrote to them asking permission to use one for a published map and was politely refused.

Of course, if the map is for your own consumption, then do as thou wilt.

NeonKnight
11-14-2007, 11:51 AM
Some of my Favorite Fonts. I really look for fonts that have a character and fit a mood, whether that be for notes and missives my Players find (I like handouts), or maps they find with notes on them, and the like:

töff
11-14-2007, 03:32 PM
BtW: Does anybody know of a dingbat font for map icons? Like a font that has castles, towers, cities, boats, sea monster, compass rose, etc, etc... I think that would be really useful because of a font's vector scalebility.The Autorealm font has map symbols. And I don't have a copy of the font now (used to). I think it comes bundled with the freeware.

Naryt
11-14-2007, 03:56 PM
The Autorealm font has map symbols. And I don't have a copy of the font now (used to). I think it comes bundled with the freeware.

Yes, it comes as part of the package.

töff
11-14-2007, 04:57 PM
There's one called Carta, too, but it's like modern highway map icons.

töff
11-14-2007, 07:41 PM
Autorealm font, had it at home.

jaerdaph
11-14-2007, 10:36 PM
There's one called Carta, too, but it's like modern highway map icons.

I converted that Carta TTF to a varicolor CC3 symbol catalog for modern overland maps. You can download it here:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=9216&postcount=6


Autorealm font, had it at home.

I love that autorealm TTF, especially the shipwreck symbol. I'll have to convert that to a CC3 symbol catalog next!

Is this font freeware we are allowed to post here though? (i.e., can we legally distribute it on this list and can I distribute my a CC3 symbol catalog derived from it?)

Midgardsormr
11-14-2007, 11:07 PM
AutoRealm is open-source under the GNU license. As such, it should not infringe anything to convert the font and make the new symbol set available to others.

Carta, on the other hand, is an Adobe font and has a much stronger license. That license is here: http://www.paratype.com/help/license/linotype.asp .

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I am therefore unqualified to give legal advice, so there.

töff
11-15-2007, 12:03 AM
Good to honor licenses.

However, it's very simple to make little vector icons and convert them into a font.

And nobody really owns icons.

As usual, there's a gray line in the middle.

jaerdaph
11-15-2007, 10:23 AM
I believe the version of the Carta font I used for my CC3 symbols is a freeware "knock off" of the Adobe version, not the original, looking at the info inside the TTF file. I have made some symbol catalogs from commercial TTFs that require a license for personal use only that I would never distribute (either the TTF file, or the symbol catalog FSC file).

And FYI: I've converted the AutoREALM TTF to a varicolor CC3 symbol catalog now too:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=9730&postcount=7

Enjoy!

RobA
01-15-2008, 01:48 PM
Another site with a load of historical and fantasy type fonts (and clip-art as well)

http://www.lordkyl.net/

-Rob A>

ravells
03-25-2008, 09:49 AM
The link to the page is here. (http://www.mapsymbs.com/index.html)

Contains all sorts of military (mostly modern) map symbols as fonts. Also some nice silhouettes of tanks, planes and WW2 soldiers. (No fantasy stuff though).

Airith
04-10-2008, 11:01 PM
Another site with a load of historical and fantasy type fonts (and clip-art as well)

http://www.lordkyl.net/

-Rob A>

Thanks for that link, led me to a lot of surfing, but found a few links that I'm sure I'll be able to crop, shrink, and turn it into a marker :)

Chel
04-23-2008, 06:45 PM
Another site with a load of historical and fantasy type fonts (and clip-art as well)

http://www.lordkyl.net/

-Rob A>


Oh, very handy. Poked around in there quite a bit. Found a few nifty references, woodblock reproductions are snazzy.

Arronis
05-01-2008, 12:01 AM
very handy trhead here! I recongnise some fonts that I have hehe! But I was wondering if anyone could tell me where I could find the fonts Wizards of the Coast use in there D&D books...I found Aquiline Two on dafonts.com but I can't seem to find the other ones...

RobA
05-01-2008, 08:48 PM
very handy trhead here! I recongnise some fonts that I have hehe! But I was wondering if anyone could tell me where I could find the fonts Wizards of the Coast use in there D&D books...I found Aquiline Two on dafonts.com but I can't seem to find the other ones...

I don't think you will find a more comprehensive list then this one:
http://www.geocities.com/rgfdfaq/tsrfonts.html

-Rob A>

Arronis
05-01-2008, 11:37 PM
thanks for the link Rob it's VERY apreciated!

RPMiller
06-21-2008, 10:54 AM
If anyone is interested, you can get Font Manager for FREE today. Follow this link: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/font-manager/

NOTE: You have to get this today and install it. Also, it can only be installed today so if you lose it for some reason later you won't be able to install it again. That said, this is a great way to try out a full version of the software and if it proves worth it, you can buy it some time in the future.

jezelf
07-22-2008, 08:40 AM
http://www.dafont.com

has some good fonts

Medieval (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=401)

Celtic (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=403)

Ancient glyphs (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=704)

Runes, Elvish (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=705)

and other Various (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=405) stuff in the fantasy theme

true-chaotic
11-01-2008, 05:05 AM
Found a nice but not free ($32 US) font to be used on maps:
Zwoelf (http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/type/zwoelf/)

“A good choice for short texts, headings, witchcraft potion recipes, madrigals, spells and treasure map naming.”
http://store.artlebedev.com/_i/catalog/hnik8v7n.gif

Redrobes
11-01-2008, 08:03 AM
Yeah your right thats a really good one. Has that kind of old man with shaky hand effect to it that makes it look really authentic.

Steel General
11-01-2008, 08:18 AM
Nice, thanks for posting.

joão paulo
11-01-2008, 01:46 PM
good finding.

Sigurd
11-02-2008, 01:56 PM
It is a nice font but for $32USD I'd expect it to be.

Sigurd

Sigurd
11-04-2008, 03:07 AM
Microsoft did a fair bit of work to come up with readable fonts for Vista and Office 2007. Candara, Consolas, Calibri, Cambria, Constantia and Corbel are very pretty fonts for Vista but they are also bundled with some of Microsoft's free downloads.


Download either the free Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 Viewer or the Microsoft Office Compatibility pack - both the software downloads include the new Windows Vista fonts. Either install the updates or unzip the EXEs and then the CABs to find the TTF files.

Powerpoint 2007 Viewer (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=048DC840-14E1-467D-8DCA-19D2A8FD7485&displaylang=en)

Office 2007 Compatabilty Pack (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en)

Be aware that the fonts are very pretty and nice to use for screen documents etc. but they may also be associated by your reader with Vista modernness etc... Still they're nice clear fonts.


Sigurd

Who has been looking for a good FREE Font resource to share - and is now satisfied.

RobA
11-04-2008, 09:46 AM
Though free download does not make a font free :)

I'll toss out one...

The Bitstream Vera family was released as open source fonts for the Gnome project... Information here (http://www.bitstream.com/font_rendering/products/dev_fonts/vera.html) and download here (http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/ttf-bitstream-vera/1.10/).

-Rob A>

Sigurd
11-04-2008, 10:49 AM
Though free download does not make a font free

I completely agree, but they were a new link to myself so I thought I'd share.


The functional equivalent of the GPL for fonts is the Open Font License.

The below link has a number of downloadable Free Fonts


http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=OFL_fonts

Gentium is a wonderful font. Very complete with international characters.

AntykwaTorunska is also a favourite mapping font of mine.

The site has TTFs some Open Type and even a few Postcript fonts.

ravells
11-04-2008, 12:26 PM
Calibri is lovlely! I really like those Vera fonts as well!

true-chaotic
11-05-2008, 10:22 AM
Yes, maybe I should have stated that it has a price.
Btw, Fractal Mapper isn't a free tool :)

tcberry
11-09-2008, 11:30 AM
I adore Calibri, Candara and Consolas. They are lovely.

Gamerprinter
11-09-2008, 05:28 PM
My favorite free font site is acidfonts.com

They have hundreds of fonts (with new fonts added all the time), ding-bats some complete, though many not complete character sets. They have some great heraldric beast fonts, variety of Celtic and even one cool Anglo-Saxon font (called Anglo-Saxon)

The font I used as the title graphics for my November Challenge Entry is literally the title graphics for the movie, Blade Runner (called Blade Runner font) - all are true-type fonts.

http://www.acidfonts.com

Note the fonts linked at the top of the page with an alphabetical listing are the free fonts. Fonts linked at the bottom of the page are paid-for Bitstream linked fonts - so stay on top list. 8)

There are hundreds of fonts here.

GP

ravells
11-09-2008, 05:35 PM
Nice find, GP, thanks and bookmarked.

ravells
12-08-2008, 06:15 PM
Just found this font site.....lots of great gothic fonts there:

http://www.fontparade.com/

philipstephen
02-24-2009, 06:31 PM
i will try to find the sites i found these from and post them, but a google search might do the trick...

here are some of my favourite fonts:

Redrobes
02-24-2009, 06:37 PM
That post has reminded me to post up that nice link which Fabrice posted earlier.

French site all about old texts, fonts and scripts it seems.

www.encre-et-lumiere.com

Exlor1986
02-28-2009, 04:30 AM
Damn, looks like I missed the free period for Font Manager.

Does anyone happen to know a freeware programme that does at least some of the things Font Manager does?

ravells
02-28-2009, 04:58 AM
I like 'The Font Thing' and it's freeware.

Ascension
02-28-2009, 01:31 PM
I'll second The Font Thing as I use it.

joão paulo
03-02-2009, 06:48 AM
Download free True type fonts.

SOFONTES (http://www.sofontes.com.br/en/)

http://www.sofontes.com.br/mss_modulos/mod_thumbs.php?img=samples/K/Kanji%20Special.png&alt=60&larg=404

RPMiller
03-14-2009, 04:51 PM
Posted to the CC2 list today: http://www.fantasyfonts.com/fonts-page1.htm

Looks like a great selection!

StarRaven
05-04-2009, 02:20 AM
Just wandering about here, I noticed a few people with an interest in fonts, and I thought this might be of use:

Larabie Fonts (http://larabiefonts.com/)

More than 300 fonts, all free, even for commercial use. They're all nice, and several are especially interesting. I found Vinque (http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/larabie/vinque/) to be especially nice.

Hope you find this useful!

http://origin.myfonts.com/s/aw/200x200/14/0/7308.png

Sirith
05-10-2009, 04:45 AM
Vinque is indeed very nice. Thanks for the link to that site!

PixelFish
05-26-2009, 03:07 AM
More sites:

Blambot (mostly comic-style effects fonts, but sometimes you want that....plus a few fantasy feeling fonts) http://www.blambot.com/

Sadly, the free fonts are no longer free at Letterhead, but they've got a lot of nicely designed ornate fonts: http://www.letterheadfonts.com/ (I really want LHF Unlovable.)

knightvision
05-31-2009, 12:37 PM
Here's another great link for free fonts

fontex.org/ (http://www.fontex.org/)

RobA
06-17-2009, 04:40 PM
I found this site:
http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/gemnew/home.htm

Where they are offering up several hundred fonts, many, many which are super for fantasy mapping, either as label text or as heading text!

Also, jump over to the lab:
http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/lab/index.htm

for a bunch more, and the Futurex project for SCI-fi fonts:
http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/lab/futurex_home.htm

The whole site is a community font collection:
http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/allfonts.htm

(Brilliant!)

-Rob A>

Juggernaut1981
09-13-2009, 11:02 PM
Here are some of the fonts I've loved for maps and similar things. Really depends on the style of your "map author" I find.

Each of them is "Font Name: letter examples". They have all been very good to me at different times.

Juggernaut1981
09-13-2009, 11:03 PM
Here are some of the fonts I've loved for maps and similar things. Really depends on the style of your "map author" I find.

Each of them is "Font Name: letter examples". They have all been very good to me at different times.

ravells
09-23-2009, 11:30 AM
Have a look at this: The Alphabet Synthesis Machine (http://www.alphabetsynthesis.com/applet.html). Allows you to create your own own font by using a 'seed glyph' which acts as the base of the font. Good for alien type scripts.

Example of one I created below.

töff
09-23-2009, 12:00 PM
The Alphabet Synthesis Machine (http://www.alphabetsynthesis.com/applet.html)http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs146.snc1/5408_1197201126915_1135104191_30611934_6685137_n.j pg

Ascension
09-23-2009, 05:54 PM
Now that's some crazy stuff...me likey too. As an aside, Vgunn pointed me to a site that has a bunch of foreign, ancient, and alien looking things plus a lot of the common stuff.

www.fonts.ro

It seems to be broken a lot so try it again the next day if it doesn't load. You can only download 20 freebies per day unless your register a handle.

ExMachina
09-25-2009, 10:44 AM
Now that's some crazy stuff...me likey too. As an aside, Vgunn pointed me to a site that has a bunch of foreign, ancient, and alien looking things plus a lot of the common stuff.

www.fonts.ro

It seems to be broken a lot so try it again the next day if it doesn't load. You can only download 20 freebies per day unless your register a handle.

Oh I certainly like that site, lots of good dingbats. :) And most of their stuff is not only quality but it's free. :idea:

Gregorus Prime
09-26-2009, 01:22 AM
I've seen plenty of mentions of DaFont in here, but none of Fontspace (www.fontspace.com). It's a nice alternative and it has plenty of fonts that DaFont doesn't, because they're all user-submitted. I found a few good nonsense language fonts in various flavors there, including a few cuneiform ones. You don't see enough cuneiform nowadays. It's also organized by tags rather than by category, so you could for instance look up "horror handwritten" and come up with all the fonts that bear both tags.

RobA
12-23-2009, 10:23 AM
Found this list of 40 free calligraphy fonts:

http://www.dewebtimes.com/40-free-calligraphy-fonts/

A few nice formal calligraphy, celtic, and handwriting fonts that would be good for historic/fantasy maps.

-Rob A>

Ascension
12-23-2009, 04:28 PM
Thanks, man. I didn't have Beanie and that one looks pretty handy.

rafaelrzacharias
12-25-2009, 06:39 PM
Okay, I've been navigating throught a lot of font pages and I managed to make
a "collection" of the best fonts that I got...
Good mapping, hope you like it! :D

ravells
12-25-2009, 08:08 PM
Thanks rafael, some really nice ones in there I had not seen before. Have some rep!

bubblysakura
12-31-2009, 02:10 AM
my first post :)

http://www.dafont.com/pr-compass-rose.font

this font is free, its dingbats of lots of different compass rose designs for maps

hope it is as useful to you as it was for me

JoeyD473
01-03-2010, 01:22 AM
my first post :)

http://www.dafont.com/pr-compass-rose.font

this font is free, its dingbats of lots of different compass rose designs for maps

hope it is as useful to you as it was for me

Definitely an interesting font. Can't wait to play with it a little

jaerdaph
01-03-2010, 11:57 AM
my first post :)

http://www.dafont.com/pr-compass-rose.font

this font is free, its dingbats of lots of different compass rose designs for maps

hope it is as useful to you as it was for me

It is a nice font. I converted this font to CC3 symbols awhile back:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=40603&postcount=26

Rythal
01-04-2010, 06:42 PM
This is a cool font, very fancy. dont know if its already been put up here.

http://www.dafont.com/ithornet.font

Ascension
01-04-2010, 09:45 PM
Ah, trendy gothic grunge swirl. Cool to look at but I find them better used in graphic design rather than labels. That might be a cool challenge idea, though,...make a map to fit a font. Maybe I'll just try that out on my own. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

RobA
01-05-2010, 07:42 PM
my first post :)

http://www.dafont.com/pr-compass-rose.font

this font is free, its dingbats of lots of different compass rose designs for maps

hope it is as useful to you as it was for me

As always, check the license of any items used in your work:

If you are using this font in a project for which you are getting paid, I want some of that. Please contact me at the same email address, and we can come to an agreement. In most cases, I will accept payment of $20 or a copy of the product where the font is being used.

-Rob A>

Jkaen
05-26-2010, 07:14 AM
Just thought I would post this site up which has some quite nice fonts

http://www.blambot.com/fonts.shtml

torstan
02-10-2011, 12:38 PM
Great free font site - free for commercial use: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

Valtharius
02-10-2011, 03:29 PM
Thanks for the link Torstan! You can never have enough fonts! lol

~Val

ravells
02-10-2011, 03:42 PM
This is a great find....I'm moving it to 'fontville'.

jtougas
02-10-2011, 05:26 PM
Very Nice :)

Port Paladine
04-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Just found this forum today. Great resource to make maps. Thanks for all the font ideas.

Slartidad
04-12-2011, 08:46 PM
Thanks for all the great links! great finds here

Anyone find any good fonts for landscapes (trees, hills, mountains etc...?

Ascension
04-12-2011, 09:19 PM
That's a question of style so there are plenty of good ones but it just depends on what fits your fancy and your theme. Generally, avoid ornate fonts because they are hard to read or dominate the image and people forget to look at the other stuff. That's vague, I know, but like I said, it's a question of what you want.

ravells
08-28-2011, 01:41 PM
A great site here: http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/steffmann/index.htm#C

Has tonnes of antique, blackletter and Fractur fonts. Well worth a look.

jaerdaph
09-04-2011, 12:18 AM
A great site here: http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/steffmann/index.htm#C

Has tonnes of antique, blackletter and Fractur fonts. Well worth a look.

Wow - that's quite an extensive collection that seems almost tailor-made for RPG mapping! I found a few nice pieces there tonight to add to my font collection. :)

Gallifreyan
09-29-2011, 11:00 PM
This site has a few very nice fonts: http://iginomarini.com/fell/the-revival-fonts/

The fonts are licensed SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1 so they are free to use :)

ravells
10-01-2011, 07:44 AM
These are absolutely beautiful! Thanks Galli!!!!

ravells
05-03-2012, 04:37 AM
Google Web Fonts: - hundreds of free open-sourced fonts optimised for the web (http://www.google.com/webfonts#HomePlace:home)

It seems almost too good to be true.

xoxos
05-03-2012, 01:05 PM
i wonder if there are any condensed sources of information regarding the application of fonts -

once i read a post from someone who was font wise and wrote things like "if you want to impress american college educated people, use ----, for british people, use ----"

it's obvious to me that there are a class of fonts that are used in media and then there are a class of fonts that are given to end users online. eg. at the google link above (thanks!) half of those fonts are available for free under several different names.

i do believe diversity and non-standardisation is good, but while corporations are using standardisation to influence ideas, i want to have access to those semantics (admittedly for the point of whittling away at consumer obeisance..)

(i'm also amused by the way that masonic, evil google corp chooses to use the longer "grumpy wizards" preview instead of the more concise and decidedly more pleasant quick brown fox.. maybe it's the white/brown thing...)

colin smith
03-20-2013, 11:53 AM
Hi. It was this thread that brought me to the Cartographer's Guild so here's where I make my first contribution.
I've found these. They may, of course, already be familiar to you, but hey, I'm a newbie so I get to be stupid for a while.
Hill Country Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/hill_country/)
FontRiver.com - Search (http://www.fontriver.com/search/index.php?query=eisenbahn) (maybe you have railways!)
ShipsNBoats Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/shipsnboats/)
WM Architect 1 Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/wm_architect_1/)
Famous Buildings Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/famous_buildings/)
Columns Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/columns/)
Armorial Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/armorial/)
Destiny Little Houses Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/destiny_little_houses/)
001 Medieval Daze Font Download (http://www.fontriver.com/font/001_medieval_daze/)
Hope I've added something to the thread. Colin.

RobA
09-08-2013, 11:46 AM
Here is another nice set of Calligraphy fonts for maps. Please note they are provided for non-commercial use, but you can purchase licences for commercial use:

Pia Frauss -- Fonts (http://www.pia-frauss.de/fonts/fonts.htm)

-Rob A>

Freehand 5.5
09-08-2013, 10:00 PM
Ah, these are nice fonts. Now I recognize that I've waited for those all the years. Very nice!

Midgardsormr
09-09-2013, 02:43 PM
i wonder if there are any condensed sources of information regarding the application of fonts -

once i read a post from someone who was font wise and wrote things like "if you want to impress american college educated people, use ----, for british people, use ----"

it's obvious to me that there are a class of fonts that are used in media and then there are a class of fonts that are given to end users online. eg. at the google link above (thanks!) half of those fonts are available for free under several different names.

i do believe diversity and non-standardisation is good, but while corporations are using standardisation to influence ideas, i want to have access to those semantics (admittedly for the point of whittling away at consumer obeisance..)


There are any number of books about typography with useful information in them. I can share a bit of what I learned from my art school classes, although my typography class itself was a joke.

Regarding the technical merits of a font, serif fonts tend to be easier to read in large blocks, which is why newspapers commonly use variants on Times, a font that was designed for the New York Times to make it as easy to read as possible. Book publishers often use Garamond or something similar for the same reason. These fonts need to be very well designed, with kerning pairs and ligatures that aid in readability, and glyphs for a variety of languages.

The other main concern with font selection is the emotional reaction, which you refer to above. Sans serif fonts (sometimes called grotesque, amusingly) usually feel more modern and clean. Helvetica and Arial are the headliners in this category. They have a more forward-looking personality thanks to their association with word-processing and the Internet. People often think that serif fonts have a slightly retro look, but they also evoke a sense of professionalism and stability. A lawyer will be drawn to serif fonts, especially the type with angular serifs like Times, because they lend a certain sense of authority to words written with them.

Slab serifs, which have large serifs that don't taper, are also called Egyptian because they arose around the same time that everyone was getting excited over Tutankhamen. The association stuck, and they frequently evoke the 18th and 19th centuries. Use a slab serif to sell an industrial revolution advertisement or theater poster. Due to their overly strong serifs, they are very confident fonts.

I could probably go on a while longer, but I need to get back to work!

Ilanthar
09-10-2013, 06:21 AM
Quite a good surprise for me : excellent and beautiful fonts... with accents !!!
That's so rare to find original and good fonts not designed only for english.

So, thanks a lot RobA!

PWKerns
12-19-2013, 08:22 AM
Can someone with more experience write up a thread about licensing fonts for commercial use? I've been talking to Nate Piekos at Blambot about licensing some fonts and he's been great. For some of us it may not be immediately apparent when and how licensing a font works. Font designers need our cash!

Midgardsormr
12-19-2013, 11:19 AM
There actually was a recent discussion on that very topic: http://www.cartographersguild.com/general-discussion/24951-how-manage-fonts-without-feeling-guilty-getting-sued.html