The Distro series was part inspired by Brody's ubiquitous Blur and also by the blurry print of a Chinese novel printed by the Beijing Publishing Co. (Ya gotta love 'em, go check out their catalog.) I adored Brody!Blur but felt hampered by the lack of weights.. and also by the fact that it's been done to death in these parts. (I guess that means it's a classic.)
So I started work on my own version, and was fascinated to discover how the character shapes changed with different blur and contrast settings. There's still a lot to be explored with the way light and focus affects type....
These fonts were designed to be used at all sizes. I put a lot of work into making them readable as body text and you shouldn't have any trouble with that. But my true confession for this evening is that I adjusted the kerning and character spacing, particularly of the heavier weights, to suit larger size output. Use 'em big and you'll have lotsa fun, but if you need some Distro body text, you should increase the character spacing/tracking a little in your layout app. The effect should be that of glancing blearily over a printed page at 2am after one too many beers. (Now there's a design brief we can all relate too!)
That's all very well, but what color should it be? Hmmm.. You can get some very nice effects by reversing out the fonts on a black background. Don't get too saturated with color, keep to muted hues and work with the effect of light. Try some lime greens, some aquatic blues. Toast in particular looks wonderful that way, almost like a monitor burnout.
Distro font contains 211 defined characters and 205 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (84), Latin Extended-A (5), Spacing Modifier Letters (2), General Punctuation (15), Currency Symbols (1), Letterlike Symbols (1), Mathematical Operators (1).
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