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Hades by Dino dos Santos

Hades is very dark contemporary blackletter typface for short eye catching headlines. It’s made by type designer Dino dos Santos and a freebie on his type foundry website dstype.com.

Hades-Regular


The most dangerous black, I’ve seen!


Don’t tattoo this typeface – it will hurt you.

Hades does’t come with an extra Free Font License. Maybe writing an new EULA (End User License Agreement) is not the funniest thing for a type designer. But it would be much of help for the end user. So if you want the font for web usage (@font-face linking), please ask Dino dos Santos for permission. I think due to the nature of this free font, Dino will give permissions for web usage too.

My mother is a steampunk girl with curly blond hair.

Hades is a one weight only font but with an extended glyph set (Basic Latin & Latin Etended A). You can set all European Latin based languages. It offers some OpenType features like ligatures and dynamic fractions. The design reminds me of Ernst Schneidlers Ganz Grobe Gotisch from 1933 – one of the first extrem bold blackletter designs produced. But of course Hades is more dynamic combining lots of sexy curves with broken stokes. For my personal taste the spacing is sometimes a bit to tide. For setting German texts some longs_s ligatures would fit well. Technically the font data is produced in a very good quality.

Hades-Regular - text samples
This is a sample text of the Hades-Regular. It’s too bold and can’t perform well on body copy texts.
140% The font needs more size!

180% I think at this size its acceptable for headlines.
240% Yes, this is bedder.
300% Say something in a curly bold manner.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmn opqrstuvwxyzß
H&H ¿n? ¡n!
““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?


Free Font Score Rating: 60%

technical quality: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
on screen performance: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
usage range: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
fun factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
free license factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
overall: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Hades-Regular font


Resources:
Hades at dstype.com

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ARS Novelty Bold by Angus R. Shamal, ARS TYPE

AArs Type Novelty is a typical humorous, advertising freebie, celebrating Ars Types new homepage. As Angus Shamal writes himself, it’s a mixture of his current font projects.  Something between Futura and curly Baroque forms. You have to register first at Ars Types website for downloading it.

ARS Novelty Bold


more sexy bold curves? please!


Keep things simple, not any simpler. 2011*

Ars Types free font have a special Free Font License. It’s like a common commercial license but of no charge. So the usage is free for all kinds of commercial and non-commercial projects. The big advantage compared to most other freebie and demo fonts is: You are allowed to convert the font data  into webfont formats like .eot and .woff for @font-face linking.

ARS Novelty Bold can be converted into webfont formats like .eot and woff. It’s within the license. Nice!

The font offers lowercase letters only. The caps are filled with grotesque (low/no contrast) lowercase forms. Some of the (real) lowercase have high contrast details. The concept is quite interesting for some great headlines. But Agnus could have done it with a little bit more diversity. I think too much of the letters are of the same style. Something I doesn’t like most is the distracting wedge on the letter a. Technically the font data is produced in a good quality. The font covers a wide range of Latin glyphs and uses OpenType features for stylistic alternates and tabular figures. An additional Regular or Light weight would definitely let the font shine.

ARS Novelty Bold- text samples
This is a sample text of the ARS Novelty Bold. I can imagine an ARN Novelty Regualr could perform well for some body text.
140% The Bold needs more size! It looks OK for some small amount of text.

180% I think at this size its acceptable for headlines.
240% Yes, this is bedder.
300% Say something in a curly bold manner.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmn opqrstuvwxy
H&H ¿n? ¡n!
“”””«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?


Free Font Score Rating: 44%

technical quality: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
on screen performance: ♦ ♦ ♦
usage range: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
fun factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
free license factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
overall: ♦ ♦

ARS Novelty Bold font


Resources:

ATS Novelty at arstype.nl

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Miso by Mårten Nettelbladt

Miso is a very condensed, drilled, Din like design. It’s nothing new but a well made font family. By “well made” I mean the glyph set is covering the standard western Type1 set. There are lots of free fonts out with raw alphabet and figures only, making it not very useful for dynamic text – like webfonts. The outline quality of Miso is OK. Mårten Nettelbladt, the creator of the fonts, is an architect from Sweden. For a first step into the type design world Miso is quite good.

Update: Due to the popularity of Miso, Mårten has extended the type family with two additional styles – Skinny and Chunky. But for these new font styles you have to obtain a commercial license. But for 10 bugs each, it’s quite a affordable.

Miso Light, Miso Regular, Miso Bold


KEEP OUT! DANGER ZONE, ON AIR, FREE!


Keep things simple, not any simpler. 2011* This isn’t bold enough.

Mårtens license is very short, the fonts are free for any usage. The license is not covering conversations or modifications but I think converting the fonts for web usage is within the license. If you are not sure you should contact him.

MISO is a free typeface. However, there is one important limitation: MISO MUST ALWAYS REMAIN COMPLETELY FREE

You can use MISO for personal and commercial work. You can share MISO with your friends as long as you include this text file. You must not sell MISO. You must not charge someone else for using MISO. You must not bundle MISO with a sold product. Use it, share it, but keep it free.

Miso comes in the three weights Light, Regular and Bold. For body text the design is too condensed but for a medium amount of text and headlines it works well and serves you with a timeless technical touch. The weight graduation isn’t chosen for good onscreen performance. The Regular weight should be bolder (something between Regular and Bold) and the Bold should be bolder and wider. But Miso was not meant to be an webfont family.

Miso - text samples
This is a sample text of the Miso Regular. It looks too condensed for body text. Even if I swith to Miso Bold – onscreen performance is low. The same goes for Miso Light!.
140% We need to increase the font size! It looks OK for some small amount of text.

180% I think at this size its acceptable for headlines.
240% Yes, this is bedder.
300% Say something in a compressed manner.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmn opqrstuvwxyzß
H&H ¿n? ¡n!
““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?

Miso, Light

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmn opqrstuvwxyzß
H&H ¿n? ¡n!
““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?

Miso, Bold

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmn opqrstuvwxyzß
H&H ¿n? ¡n!
““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?

aaaeeennniiifffHHH333

Free Font Score Rating: 52%

technical quality: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
on screen performance: ♦ ♦ ♦
usage range: ♦ ♦
fun factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
free license factor: ♦ ♦ ♦
overall: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Miso font family


Resources:

Miso fonts at martennettelbladt.se

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