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robertdbuckley

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Does anyone use any free cartographic fonts for standard use? ie. Place names, Rivers, Towns etc

 

I am looking for a decent clear and semi-formal font for general cartographic work in a govt agency.

 

Thanks for any tips,

 

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Most operating systems come with a slew of included fonts, many of which make great map fonts. Look for fonts like Myriad Pro, Helvetica, Optima, Frutiger, Tahoma, Verdana, etc. Lots to choose from usually. I've personally made Myriad Pro my standard font for most map work. Lots of styles to choose from allow you a great deal of flexibility in a single font family.


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I have windows 7 and Frutiger is not installed. Should frutiger be a standard windows font?



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No, Frutiger is a commercial font, I think Helvetica and Optima are commercial too.


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believe helvetica comes with mac os.

 

I know there are free typefaces you can use online from Google, css font stack, the league of movable type, etc. but you'll have a hard time finding free, un-pirated, quality typefaces you can download for print. If you can get a hold of Adobe's font folio that would most likely be your best bet as it includes the ones Hanz has mentioned as well as lot of others.


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I use Arial for everything... ;)

 

What look are you going for?



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I've used some from The League of Moveable Type. Free and opensource. Some very suitable for mapping.

 

Junction

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I go here for most of my free font-based needs

 

http://simplythebest.net/fonts/

 

They have a decent selection of dingbats, though nothing especially cartographic but I wasn't sure whether you meant you were looking for cartographic symbols or not.



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Myriad Pro comes with Adobe, and also good for both Printing and web.



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