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Octin Spraypaint A by Typodermic

Ray Larbie, known for many freeware fonts, publishes under his commercial type label Typodermic many crazy headline fonts. A big series is the Octin font clan. An very eye catching version of Octin is Spraypaint A with three font weights Regular, Bold and Black.

Octin Spraypaint is a commercial font family, but you can license the Regular weight for free. On many font outlets even this free style will cost some money. If you like it you should support Ray and license some of his many other fonts. I’m not quite sure about the how “free” the license of this font is. It depends on the source you will get it. On FontSpring it ships with an  generic Typodermic font license. This license is like a common commercial license, denying modifications. So it’s not a free like open source font. But you can use it for print and web for all kinds of projects including commercial ones.

I don’t have much sympathy for pre-made grunge or distressed type. If you need distressed type, you can take any common font, print it out on paper, crunch the paper, copy and rescan it. This will give you uniqueness. But in a hurry or to make mock-ups or in cases you depend on the functionality of dynamic type you need just a font. So, you need some fine dirty industrial touch – try Octin Spraypaint.

Octin Spraypaint A Regular - body text sample -
This is a sample text of the Octin Spraypaint A Regular. It looks very clumsy. But the main problem is the design is not an common Regular weight it’s more like a Light weight. To be useful for buttons and navigation the typeface needed more weight.
140% We need to increase the font size!

180% I think at this size its acceptable for headlines.
240% Yes, this is bedder and the ugliness
300% is shining!

Octin is a caps only headliner, based on a Din like stencil typeface. It covers Latin and most of Latin Extended A & B, that’s not common for such a font. The overall design concept is nothing outstanding, the technical fines is very limited, but it’s the distressed spray feeling that gives live to this ugly beast. It would be nice if Ray had done some more variations – upper- and lower case letters are exactly the same. If you need additional bolder weights or the slab serif version you have to buy a common commercial license.

abcdefghijklmn
opqrstuvwxyz
H0123456789
€$£¢ H&H !?
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Free Font Score Rating: 36%

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

Octin Spraypaint A – Regular


Resources:
free Octin Spraypaint A at FontSpring
free Octin Spraypaint A at Typekit
Typodermic Blog
Typodermic fonts at Myfonts

For bandwidth reduction I used a subsetted font version. Distressed font data is big.

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