Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Kaffeesatz + Tagesschrift

Type · July 15th, 2006 ·

kaffeesatz font
Kaffeeschrift was developed by Jan Gerner from Dresden for use in menus etc., hence the monospaced figures. It works well for titles and headers, but was not designed for longer texts (though it holds out surprisingly well)

Download and try out here: http://www.yanone.de/typedesign/kaffeesatz/

tagesschrift font
Tagesschrift is scanned and vectoralized handwriting; very nice atmosphere and a more than useful addition to the often rather dull set of open fonts available.

Download and try out here: http://www.yanone.de/typedesign/tagesschrift/

Both fonts are available under a not too restrictive Creative Commons License; you can copy, distribute, display, and perform (now that’s a nice idea! -> I think this would mean you can embed them in documents?) the fonts; make derivative versions and also make commercial use of them. If you distribute (the same or altered versions), you are obliged to attribute Jan Gerner / http://www.yanone.de

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  • 1. karl

    Jul 19, 2006 at 9:12 am

    Hey there, So how do you make your open sourced open type fonts?!
    Do you have any experience with that!? Any experience with open source programs?

    I’m looking for good ones helping me in typedesign so please hit me back 😉

  • 2. harrisson

    Jul 25, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Karl.

    Yes we’re playing a bit in the field of Fonts and Open Source Software…
    For font design and encoding, we would strongly recommend FontForge software. It runs under Linux and MacOSX (X11) platforms. It is one of the best software existing in the Open Source space, complete and professionnal. All the documentation is available online. If you’re used to Fontlab, this is very similar.

    For encodings and unicodes, and actually everything, there is the excellent “Fonts & Encodings” from O’reilly. Only in french for the moment, an english translation is estimated for November of this year. A bit of patience!

    Keep us informed about your experiences with open source fonts and softwares. And hit us back!