Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th May 2014 11:02 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

My love of typography originated in the 80's with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8x8 pixel monospaced fonts on low-resolution displays.

It's quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there's very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let's remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.

I've been looking at a lot of these 8bit fonts because of recent emulation efforts. I'd like to throw Visi On's fonts into the fray, too.

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Earl Colby pottinger
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I would not say most were bad. Maybe 50%, what could be affecting my judgement is until the 24 pin dot matrix printer came along offering 216 DPI most fonts always looked better on the screen than on paper.

On the other hand Amiga's Colour Fonts made a big impact of TV titling.

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