BBC Mode 7 fonts created at FontStruct

I’ve spent far too long hunting through Google Fonts looking for something I want to use for these pages. They’ve got some great fonts there, but I’m picky and was struggling to find something I liked. I was having a look into software for designing your own font when I found FontStruct.

FontStruct is a website that allows you to construct your own fonts by dropping tiles into a grid:

Character editing at FontStruct

Character editing at FontStruct

Yes, this is a screenshot from the website. It’s very easy to use, and somewhat addictive. There’s a large array of different shapes tiles to pick from, and tiles can be layered on top of each other to create new tiles. When you’re done, you can download the result as a TrueType font file, or as a Glyphs file for editing in the Mac-only Glyphs font editor. You can also make the font available for others to use via the FontStruct site under a variety of commercial and non-commercial licenses.

The grid tile editing seems to lend itself to more geometric style fonts. You don’t get the fine control over curves that you would need for something that looks like handwriting, or anything particularly fancy, but there’s still a ton you can do with the tile sets. I dug out a copy of the BBC Microcomputer users guide, flipped to the appendix showing the Mode 7 character set – the face of ceefax/teletext services for decades – and let rip.

Here’s my efforts (click to download):

 

Mode 7, Single Height, Pixelated

Mode 7, Single Height, Pixelated

Mode 7, Single Height, Smoothed

Mode 7, Single Height, Smoothed

Mode 7, Double Height, Smoothed

Mode 7, Double Height, Smoothed

 

Feel free to use them!

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