Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Font: Cretino by Larabie

Larabie is an incredible Canadian designer who now lives in Japan. He's designed hundreds of fonts and made them available for free.

This particular example is called Cretino, and it has quite a lot of character... definitely no cretin could come up with this or use it in design.

Is it a copyright free font? No, not exactly. But it is a royalty free font: meaning you can use it and not have to pay each time you use it. It is also a free font, meaning you don't have to pay anything for it. The terms of use indicate that you can use it for commercial purposes. Here is an excerpt:

1. Allowed uses
You may use the licensed fonts to create images on any surface such as computer screens, paper, web pages, photographs, movie credits, printed material, T-shirts, and other surfaces where the image is a fixed size.

You may use the licensed fonts to create EPS files or other scalable drawings provided that such files are only used by the household or company licensing the font.


In fact, Larabie's company still own's the copyright to the font. He created it, and he can do with it what he wants, including giving it away for free! So just because you can use his font, you can't sell it and you can't say you created it, because it belongs to him.


Here are some examples of the free font Cretino:




Great looking free font with a lot of character. Make sure you check out the flourishes on the capital letters!


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Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design

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