A fontbake is a celebration of the creative process and entropic collaboration — all bundled up in an OpenType font.
Since that first meetup we’ve had the opportunity to bake fonts with arts organizations and design clubs, colleges and corporations. Although each font is wildly unique, the process is invariably fun.
Fontbakes are all about creative discovery and playful collaboration. They are an alphabetic reminder of how interconnected we all are, how expressive and resilient letters can be, and how fun it is to just doodle in a pre-k kind of way.
A few handy tips for best results
2. Not sure how to start a drawing? That’s not a problem, that’s creative freedom! Just think about Paul Klee’s quote: “Drawing is taking a line for a walk”, and walk.
3. Strive for legibility. It’s great when your letter is super creative and expressive, but it’s best if it isn’t mistaken for a different letter or just an illustration.
4. Be bold! Avoid delicate line-work or fussy details. The line you get from an original Sharpie is as thin as you want to get. For that matter, Fontbake letters generally work best when they are chunky rather than wispy.
5. Use a black or very dark marker. Avoid pencils, ball-point pens and crayons.
6. Do-overs are not usually encouraged, but they are of course allowable. If you’re really not happy with your first drawing, or get a better idea along the way, go ahead and try a second one. Just remember to stay loose.
7. Keep your drawings family-friendly. Fontbakes are intended for participants and viewers of all ages, but we especially want to think about the kids. Anything we deem inappropriate will not be included.
Terms of Participation
1. Baked fonts are the collective property of their contributors. That is to say, each piece of letter art belongs to its respective creator, and the whole font belongs communally to everyone who participated in its creation. PSY/OPS, as the originator and organizer of Fontbakes, makes no ownership or copyright claim on the individual artwork elements included in the fonts it compiles.
2. Each baked font font may only be used by the individuals who contributed directly to it, and that use is limited to personal projects. Using baked fonts in commercial or revenue-generating projects is not permitted. Contact us if you have any questions concerning commercial use of Fontbake fonts.
3. Fontbake fonts may not be distributed, either for free or for profit. Distribution includes but is not limited to sharing, transferring, posting for download.
4. PSY/OPS reserves the right to modify letter art once submitted in order to improve scale, legibility and other compositional attributes.
5. Fontbake fonts may not be modified, adapted, converted, translated, reverse engineered, decompiled, disassembled, altered or otherwise copied without prior written authorization from PSY/OPS.
6. PSY/OPS shall in no event be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages arising out of the use or inability to use Fontbake fonts, even if notified in advance. Under no circumstances shall PSY/OPS’ liability exceed the replacement cost of the software.