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eurofurence


eurofurence is a family of geometric rounded sans serif fonts originally designed for EuroFurence, the first European furry convention 1995 in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog. I wanted to add to the atmosphere of the event by using a special "furry" typeface for the signs and name badges.

Back then, the only existing typeface created by a furry was Malvern for TeX/METAFONT by P. Damian Cugley of Oxford. (See the Malvern page.)

But as I couldn't get TeX to produce the desired results and time was short, I decided to draw my own bitmap characters in a graphics program and do a huge copy and paste operation. :) The picture compares the original bitmap version to today's TrueType version.

Only later did I discover that Alan Meeks's Frankfurter has many similarities to eurofurence (but only seems to come in "medium", which is similar in weight to eurofurence bold, and a very bold caps-only style). I didn't think of or look at Frankfurter when designing eurofurence, honestly! :)

Back then, the eurofurence typeface was born, together with the con. Later, I had the possibilities to create scalable fonts and developed the first version of eurofurence for PostScript and TrueType in 1998. In February 2000, I became the victim of an unfortunate accident; as I recovered during the following weeks, I couldn't do much else, so I went back to working on my fonts to get a result that satisfies me. So here is the result, I hope you all enjoy it!

The styles

The eurofurence package includes six styles: light, light italic, regular, italic, bold and bold italic. In the font menus of most programs, only "eurofurence light" and "eurofurence" will show up. You can choose "eurofurence light" and set the text italic, or "eurofurence" and set it bold and/or italic to access the other styles.

The italic fonts aren't just slanted versions of the upright fonts, but several characters have been redesigned (such as a, b, d, e, f, p, q) to give the italic version more individual character.

The character set

The character set includes Roman, Greek and Cyrillic characters, which should be accessible by any Unicode compliant software. As I don't speak a word of Russian or Greek, I would be thankful if native speakers of languages using those characters could comment on the font and send me possible ideas for improvement.

f-ligatures, as far as specified in Unicode, are included as well as the EuroFurence logo (written in the Albedo typeface, a pawprint and the tbk logo.

The earlier oldstyle and ranging numerals were replaced by a new set of medium-height numerals that should go equally well with uppercase and lowercase letters while being distinguishable enough from both.

Kerning

Numerous kerning pairs have been designed for these fonts. To get a better appearance, please switch kerning on if your software supports it.

Where to use it

I originally drew eurofurence for signs, announcements, badges, inscriptions etc. - short, characteristic messages. It can be used as a headline font and for short body texts in booklets, letters and magazines. Especially of course for anything in furry context. On the other paw, I wouldn't use it for typesetting novels - it's meant to be catchy, friendly and readable enough, but it doesn't reach the readability of good serif typefaces. The medium weight is probably most readable for any substantial amount of text.

Due to the peculiarities of TrueType hinting (every letter would need a program to control where the pixels go), these fonts are not as well-hinted as some others on the market, so they don't look as nice at low resolutions on screen. Thanks to the sufficient resolution of contemporary printers, this is not a problem when printing.

Credits

I would like to thank P. Damian Cugley for creating Malvern, which was the major inspiration for eurofurence, and Tes-Tui-H'ar for organizing EuroFurence, which was the reason why this typeface was created at all. A number of letterforms were inspired by Prof. Rudolf Koch's Kabel typeface of the 1920s. Special thanks go to Ray Larabie, who helped me to combine the fonts nicely into a family.

Download

So far, the eurofurence fonts are available in TrueType and PostScript Type 1 formats for PC (for systems such as Windows 95 or TrueType-enabled Linux, as well as PostScript printers). I would like to offer Macintosh versions too, but I need some conversion utilities first (and someone with a Mac who could test it for me).

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