Take the 2-minute tour ×
Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What typewriter font is used in this document?:

enter image description here

If yes: Can I download a freely (as in freedom) usable font file for use in text editors ?

If no: Can I (or anyone) legally create a font for computer use, released freely (as in freedom), by shamelessly copying it from this document ?

Or something similar:

  • typewriter / monospace
  • modern (not those roundish, "some characters fall below the line" style)
  • like: most letters started out as "rounded edge rectangles"
share|improve this question
1  
Have you checked on sites such as myfonts.com/WhatTheFont ? –  Lauren Ipsum Jun 27 '12 at 10:15
    
There are lots of free and commercial typewriter faces. That face may be a typewriter...though it also may be from an early dot-matrix printer. –  DA01 Jun 27 '12 at 20:54
    
Since the text is not rendered as text (but just as an image), and the text is quite blurry and ugly, there's a good chance this is a scan from an actual typewriter. –  poepje Jul 2 '12 at 14:20
add comment

6 Answers 6

That is not a font. (Font meaning digital file for a typeface)

That is an actual typewriter page which has been scanned and then converted to a PDF. The PDF only contains Lucida, Lucida Bold, and Lucida Italic.

If You are merely searching for Typewriter fonts MyFonts.com has a large selection.

share|improve this answer
2  
Note that it dates from 1968 which was well before the advent of mainstream digital typography. –  e100 Jul 2 '12 at 13:56
add comment

This looks a lot like Artisan which was an IBM Selectric Typewriter Ball typeface. The typefaces could be changed by swapping the ball.

Check this specimen:

http://selectric.org/selectric/fonts/artisan12.gif

I suspect some of the blockiness in the PDF is from a low resolution black and white (threshold) scan and ink bleed on the paper.

http://www.dafont.com/artisan-12.font

share|improve this answer
    
I don't think that's a match. The "2" and "3" and some of the punctuation don't quite match. –  Ananda Mahto Jun 27 '12 at 15:47
    
I don't think it is a perfect match either, that's why I said "a lot like." The 2 is pretty close, the 5 is very similar (and distinctive). But for sure, there are some differences ("GO TO" looks different). –  horatio Jun 27 '12 at 16:43
1  
The "y" also shows a clear difference: the tail of the "y" in the document curves, while Artisan's "y" has a straight tail. Also, "I", "B" and "D" in the document have serifs, while those in Artisan do not. Still, nice find. –  Ilmari Karonen Jun 27 '12 at 20:52
    
Other than both being typewriter fonts, they are pretty dissimilar. –  e100 Jul 2 '12 at 17:03
    
"specimen", nice ;) –  poepje Jul 3 '12 at 13:00
add comment

Magda Clean Mono Regular is similar, but it ain't free !

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
    
Good similar recommendation, but not the same font. I would go with @Scott's recommendation of finding something at MyFonts. –  Ananda Mahto Jun 27 '12 at 16:01
add comment

Surprised at the low level of response here. It is quite possible to convert a physical, mechanical typewriter font to a digital font: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/tw-fonts.html

What's posted in the query is an unwitting 'typecast'. Welcome to The Typosphere: www.typosphere.net

The font used above is Techno: http://offountainpenstypewriters.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/mysterious-hermes-3000-techno-pica.html

share|improve this answer
    
+1 for Techno Pica. The sample you link to doesn't quite exactly match the one used by Dijkstra, though; the "3" and the "5" in Dijkstra's letter look like those from ordinary Pica. Still, it's a far better match than any of the others so far. –  Ilmari Karonen Aug 16 '12 at 21:24
add comment

This font http://www.fontsaddict.com/font/albertsthal-typewriter.html is very similar to the one in the document.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Acutally that is pdf converted from image. With this tool you can find out which font is that.

http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.