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8-Bit Fonts Add Retro Flair to Modern Computers

If you’re looking for just the right font for your retro computing project, this collection of 8-bit system fonts from the 1970s and 1980s can help.

Damien G shares, on his personal blog devoted to design and typography, a collection of 8-bit system fonts available for download as TrueType. His collection includes system fonts for the Commodore PET, Apple II, Atari 400/800, Acorn BBC Micro, Commodore 64, and more. What makes his collection especially interesting is that he hasn’t just collected fonts together he’s provided an interesting back story to the design of the fonts–each entry includes an “Unusual characteristics” section that outlines unique things about that font and a “Rationale” section explaining why those unique variances are present.

Hit up the link below to read more about the font sets and grab a copy for yourself.

Typography in 8 bits: System Fonts [DamienG via O’Reilly Radar]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/28/11

Comments (3)

  1. marsim

    link unreachable

  2. cmo

    The link works fine.

  3. Khalid

    Brings back memories from the past! I recognised that CYAN font in the BLUE background without having to read it :)

    The C64 was my first computer at home and the similar fonts were also on others we used at that time like the Vic20. It’s true that these fonts really show up very prominently. And the the IBM PC Jr,XT and their likes had to come and spoil things – smiles…

    And for anyone interested in looking at the past restored, here’s a link I think you’ll like:

    Very touching!

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