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8 and 16 bit computer system fonts

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 in idle, vintage by Ian

How many 8-bit and 16-bit computer system fonts do you remember?  These two articles look at who was behind them, and what gives early home computing such a distinct feel:

My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 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.

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4 Responses to “8 and 16 bit computer system fonts”

  1. DrF says:

    Interesting read, since I still own alot of those systems mentioned, never really paid any attention to the fonts. I never did like the horrid color scheme of Amiga workbench 1.3 only years later did I find out it was like that for a reason.

    • Gambrinus says:

      What was the reason for the Amiga Workbench 1.3 color scheme?

      • DrF says:

        From wiki :

        “The 1.x series of Workbench defaults to a distinctive blue and orange color scheme, designed to give high contrast on even the worst of television screens (the colors can be changed by the user).”

  2. Bob Alexander says:

    When it comes to fonts on 8-bit systems, you really need an entry for the Epson QX-10

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