Using trial fonts to create unexpected results

Trial fonts are — in one way or another — a staple of almost every type foundry. Type foundries tout them as “ testing-purpose” fonts; many times, these just contain the basic Latin character set, numerals, plus some puncutuation marks. But I was wondering if we could embrace this notion of uncompleteness, and create something scintillating out of this. Something that would cleverly take advantage of this limited character set. So I set some copyright law text in three trial fonts. To be honest, the result was pretty amusing. To wrap up the entire course, I popped in a randomly chosen wordmarked image from a commercial stock image site, and smudged out the watermark. It’s illegal, but this excerise shall serve as a humorous tale about the state of copyright law enforcement we’re in. Especially for fonts. This artwork used trial fonts that I did not buy, so if you want to use the fonts I used (Sharp Sans Display, Reklame Script, and the other one I forgot), you should buy the actual thing to support their respective designers. The image I made is below.


Published by Thomas Rettig


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