September 01, 2003

Bitmap Fonts

I hope this will become a comprehensive listing of quality links and information on bitmap fonts.

Sites with freeware fonts
Bitmap Mania: Good site.
Kiddy via typophile. While you’re there, check this out.
Silkscreen from from
McMurdo from Pixelhaus.
Pixehugger font.
Uni from is freeware. Really nice.

Commercial bitmap font sites
Where Joe Gillespie launched MINI 7 before or Fonts for Flash. Previously the world’s tiniest site, until guimp.
Susan Kare, the original pixel lover. Her newer fonts are also available at Atomic Media, the best source of commercial pixel fonts.

Bitmaps we don’t think about: Here’s Nina, an anorexic verdana, getting a complex.

You’ll need this to get your pixels nice and sharp in Flash 5 or some x,y voodoo.
People still stare when I say anti-aliasing.
More pixel font links than you can shake a stick at. But be warned though� not all the links are working, updated or relevant. Only if you have time to burn.

Posted by Karen at September 1, 2003 04:23 PM in typography

How could I have missed orgdot out? It even comes with a type tester.

Posted by: Karen at September 14, 2003 09:57 PM

Unibody for underware. Just perfect. Available in OpenType (OSX and PC) or stuffed for Mac OS8/9. And they are giving it away too. What dear people! Go get it now. Quick, before they change their minds.

Posted by: Karen at October 8, 2003 12:16 AM

Pixietype from Evelyn. And for this week only, FREE pixel fonts and a pixel dingbat to download!

Posted by: Karen at October 23, 2003 11:30 AM

awkWerd Type Concern: Free but undownloadable. What gives?

Posted by: Karen at November 1, 2003 08:51 PM

Three pixel fonts from

Some by Cal Henderson

via typophile

Posted by: Karen at November 27, 2003 08:58 AM

Super pixel fonts explained.

Posted by: Karen at December 16, 2003 12:16 PM

Also: Lipod, “the spiritual son of sevenet”

Posted by: Greg at February 22, 2004 01:48 AM

Oh wow! Thanks for pointing Lipod out. It’s great! And free too.

And the fonts on your site are pretty nice too. Cool links.

Posted by: Karen at February 22, 2004 06:44 PM

Pixel Plant via Flash Forum.

Posted by: Karen at March 5, 2004 10:56 AM

What font format do you prefer to find fonts in? Opentype? Truetype? Adobe?

Posted by: Free Fonts at March 9, 2004 03:18 AM

Sparky is a sweet serif bitmap. 7 pixels.

Posted by: Karen at March 9, 2004 04:36 PM

Sparky is actually 10 pixels high (measured from top to bottom of lc). Pixelfonts need a fixed point size to “snap” to - that must be what he’s talking about.


Posted by: Hrant at March 9, 2004 11:42 PM

How does that work? A fixed point size? Or pixel size?

Posted by: Karen at March 10, 2004 12:43 AM

Pixelfonts are outline fonts with blocky coutours, where each “block” needs to snap to a certain screen pixel position*. The snapping can only happen for a certain point size, where the size of the block matches the size of the pixel. This point size depends on the proprtion of block size to the font’s Em size. Most pixelfont developers seem to choose 8, which translates to blocks of 125 pixels in the typical Em of 1000.

* When it doesn’t, you get mucho blur.


Posted by: Hrant at March 10, 2004 12:56 AM

I have a couple of free pixel fonts at pixilate

Posted by: kemie at March 24, 2004 09:32 PM

Thanks kemie. There’s some nice ones at fontation too.

Posted by: Karen at April 3, 2004 09:16 AM

does anyone know of a large point (pixel) size, geometric display font (verdana, helvetica type thing) — 30+ — for use on a high rez screen? NTSC channel (720x540) displayed at 2in diagonal view.


Posted by: Tom at April 7, 2004 10:33 AM

David might have a better idea. Check out his article on designing type for television.

Posted by: Karen at April 7, 2004 10:37 AM

thanks for information about freeware font.

Posted by: Bhima at May 12, 2004 10:19 PM

Superlooper and Vectorize. I need to be more diligent about my type link collection.

Posted by: Karen at July 29, 2004 10:08 AM

Andrew Childs Dumont

Posted by: Greg at August 3, 2004 05:14 PM

Yup those are good links and Durmont is a very nice font. Thanks for posting!

Posted by: Karen at August 3, 2004 05:42 PM

Flash Pixel Fonts: This link from Teresa got stuck in my inbox for yonkers.

Posted by: Karen at September 21, 2004 12:21 PM

SimpleFont: Make your own pixel font. Link from Teresa.

Posted by: Karen at December 9, 2004 09:28 AM

Style-Force Semplice has some really nice pixel fonts.

Posted by: Randy at April 19, 2006 02:31 AM

Wow, those are some good fonts! I like Munica, Semplice, Frucade.

Posted by: Karen at April 19, 2006 10:09 AM
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