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

Free Font Score Rating: 44%

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

ARS Novelty Bold font


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