Punker Chicks in Leather Jackets,
Synfonts targets the designer "who isn't afraid to make a statement." The company has created 23 typefaces, many of which have been called "eclectic, unusual, and wild". At the least, the works can be described as refreshing.
Don Synstelien, who started the Synfonts operation in 1994, classifies himself as an "accidental font designer. It never happened by planit just happened." As a result, his fonts display an energy not found in traditional designs, as do their names, such as Punker Chicks in Leather Jackets, raising eyebrows in the world of Times and Bookman.
The fonts begin as inspiration from "thin air," and then become sketches in a notebook or napkins. Little research is done, as Synstelien believes this will be detrimental to the purity of the designs. This has once resulted in a font that was similar to one already commercially available, created by a designer in Australia, although closer examination showed that the two were, in fact, not identical copies. This, at the least, demonstrates how similar ideas can never result in exactly the same outcomes.
The final design work begins in earnest on FreehandSynstelien does a great deal on-screenbefore importing the files into a font editor.
Synstelien has spent months on each font, with editing taking up a good deal of the time. There are some which take up less timehe cites his SkannerZ, whose creation was "almost automated."
He initially distributed the fonts himself but now hopes to have others release them on his behalf, which he sees as "an uphill battle."
Like other shareware font designers, Synstelien gave up using this method due to piracy. One company took two of his fonts, and 98 from other designers, "and sold them as [its] own. It's just amazing that people can get away with that in this country. I think it's a shame."
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