Welcome to the Hackberry Font Foundry. Most of the fonts are sold at several of the major font suppliers: MyFonts.com, FontSpring, YouWorkForThem, & Monotype: fonts.com, and linotype.com. The vast majority of my fonts are designed to work within books to make book production more efficient, especially for believers.
These are fonts designed by a believer to work better for believers. There are dingbats added which add ways to remind people of reality — that Jesus is Lord and He’s coming back soon. Most of my sales are on the major sites, and there’re links below for that.
Hackberry Font Foundry
has warm, comfortable fonts
That has been my focus since I began designing fonts in the early to mid-nineties. I was frustrated because there were no fonts which had what I considered necessary as a professional typographer. I needed them for my first book, Printing in a Digital World. Those fonts were really crude, but they met my needs.
Then, to my surprise I got an early chance to sell them online, and they sold fairly well. But I was focused on selling to the general market. I say that, even though I was doing some fairly radical stuff.
I was still not really blending my career with my life. That didn’t happen until I retired in 2009. I remember what a relief it was [and still is] that I no longer had to hide my faith. I was still dumb enough to believe that the separation of church and state was what my employer told me it was. It’s been fun coming out of the closet and simply stating that I’m a born again, spirit-filled believer.
Fiery Fonts are designed for us
My focus is the easy production of Beautiful Typography. Unlike the current fashion for typographic beauty which is centered on impressing the reader—as opposed to improving the reading experience. Producing readable OpenType Fonts that are designed to be inviting to your readers.
The font designs are a direct response to my career focus: typography, page layout, font usage, and readability. For twenty-five years I worked to design new fonts that would work better and be more beautiful for book, magazine, and booklet design.
My fonts are for sale on Bitstream: MyFonts.com, FontSpring, YouWorkForThem, & Monotype: fonts.com and linotype.com
We also have font packages for sale from this site only at Gumroad, which include desktop, Web, and ePUB licensing.
Our fonts are unique in offering only proportional numbers in three sets. This means, there are proportional lining (caps) figures, proportional oldstyle (lowercase) figures, and small cap figures in all our OpenType Pro fonts. Because, they are designed specifically for page layout in books, magazines, and newsletters. In addition, we offer an increasing set of discretionary ligatures, swashes, and alternative forms. This can make your printed copy more elegant and good looking. However, OpenType features are not available on the Web in our ePUBs, yet.
As a result, Hackberry Font Foundry also offers several ASCII fonts (the basic 256-characters), In this way, we can include special built-in characters to use as bullets, and ornament. But always, we try to design weights that we actually need in our designs. However, that varies widely with the different type families, because it is dependent on the style.
If you need an ebook license or have any special font needs, let us know and we will be happy to help. Click here to ask.
This site is the only place that Web font and ePUB licenses are included free. Although, you will need to make a retail font purchase. So, if you see something you want on the other sites with the ePUB licensing, just ask. You’ll have to buy it here or on Gumroad to get it, though.
Here are the font design posts:
Araldo is a headline font with spunk for today. I needed something with a little life for my new book production group: Biblia Serif, Dreatha, and now Araldo. This new font family is doing well for me. Biblia Serif and Draetha are both excellent book production font families. In other words, they are not memorable. In fact, if they do their job well, you don’t even notice them. But as I mention in the flyer to the … Continue reading →
The Boxy FontSpring introductory offer is really cheap. As my new font family, Boxy, rolls out there is a wonderful intro offer on Fontspring. It currently available at MyFonts, FontSpring, Creative market, and here on this site. As many of you know, normal professional pricing on MyFonts, fonts.com, or YouWorkforThem is $24.95 per font and $74.95 for the four-font family. The FontSpring price is exceptional. Boxy FontSpring introductory offer is really cheap Until mid-February, their price is … Continue reading →
For the holidays, I set up a 64% Off sale for one of my powerful book design font groups on MyFonts. This includes the font families of Librum, Librum E, Librum Sans, Bookish, Bream, and Bulkr. So, instead of the normal $25 a font/$75 a family, all the individual fonts and families in the Librum Book Design Group are available for $9 per font/$27 per family or less through February 3, 2018. The image on the left links to a copy … Continue reading →
Creative Pro has a good article today about titling fonts. Book design needs titling fonts to make your chapter heads, section titles, and such much better looking, easier to read, and provide a more comfortable reading experience. In general, titling fonts use letterspacing which is too tight to be used at body copy sizes. They are carefully crafted to be more elegant. And often they are condensed—though I usually don’t do that. Book design needs titling fonts & … Continue reading →
Today I’m pleased to announce that Hackberry Font Foundry has released Biblia, Biblia Serif, new book production fonts for my friends. This is specifically designed for my cohorts, writers and publishers of Christian fiction and non-fiction. That’s why they are named Biblia. I’m working on a companion sans named Draetha, which is Welsh for preach. These fonts have a long history. In the early nineties, I fell in love with the look of a font named Minister. I … Continue reading →
I’ve put this off for years, but it just seemed time. Briskly: new font release is a font made from one sample of my handwriting. An ASCII font (256-character), it will work well for desktop, Web, and ePUB. The only place you will be able to buy it with included ebook licenses is here on this Website. Briskly: new font release is here! There are some interesting aspects to this font. First, some of the characters have a unique slant … Continue reading →
As a font designer, Monotype is the biggest and best. They have all the top sites: fonts.com, myfonts.com, itc.com, and several more. They are the sites used by the pros, primarily. At the least, the pros sell their fonts there also. These places are where my fonts are sold, in most cases. Ebook licensing is very new I have the entire Adobe library and several others, maybe 4000 fonts total. None of them are licensed for anything other … Continue reading →
One of my Christmas presents to you this year is my video course for Practical Font Design using FontLab 5 on Udemy. It’s normally a $99 course. But: Until New Year’s Eve: Only $19.00 USD It would make an excellent gift also. It includes complete ebook copy of the PFD book which sells for $9.99. Use this link for the special priceContinue reading →
I’ll be sharing tips and techniques on letterspacing. This important task is relatively easy in FontLab and I’ll show you how. Here’s FontLab’s invite: Advanced Font Creation Tips, Made Accessible David Bergsland’s first webinar on troubleshooting font creation got a standing ovation from the attendees! David’s no-nonsense designer-friendly approach is accessible to all. Now he is following it up with “Advanced Font Creation” in FontLab Studio Tuesday June 10 at 9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST. Register … Continue reading →
I’ve finally gotten my practical font design video course up online and available for you. This is just practical stuff without any fancy theory or stuffy rules. This is just basic procedures to make a font with minimal effort. I let you watch as I design several fonts. I provide sample fonts. My goal is to help you get some fonts produced so that you can make your own designs with confidence. You’ll find many of my opinions, but … Continue reading →