DS Behrensschrift Font - Free Vintage Script Font by Dieter Steffman

Offered in TrueType Font & Web Open Font Formats, this is a multilingual, hand-lettered, vintage print script Regular font (at version 2.000, original updated re-release, 2012).

This is a free font (never to be sold) released for public use by Dieter Steffmann. This font (and extra duplicate versions in other other font formats) is OK for commercial use, even as a web font (#webfont). No derivatives are allowed.

Peter Behrens created the original design which was digitized and a full character set added by Dieter Steffmann.

The authoring artist, Dieter Steffmann, has very little restrictions on the use of his free fonts (so, personal/commercial/charity work is OK, and you may use it as a #webfont, too), EXCEPT that he maintains his full Copyright worldwide, and therefore these fonts should not be modified or otherwise used to create a derivative font, and that the fonts should never be sold. The fonts in this archive are offered 'as is' without any warranty. This has been a quick synopsis on authorized use, more info is given under the DETAILS section, below.

The "Behrensschrift" (plain solid font) digital font was created by Dieter Steffmann in 2002. The version 2.0 of that font included in this distribution archive was updated in 2012 to become "DS Behrensschrift" and offers better compatibility with embedding in PDF files. The updated font offers 245 characters and supports numerous Latin based written languages.

This font is an extremely well-crafted vintage ink brush script sporting calligraphic curves and flaired ink brushed serif terminator augmentation.

This set of fonts/webfonts comes in multiple font formats; TrueType (the file with the *.ttf file extension), Web Open Font Format (*.woff file extension), Web Open Font Format v. 2 (the *.woff2 file extension). Not all computer platforms support TrueType, but since Google uses that format for its web fonts exclusively, that and the 2 WOFF web font formats are widely supported for online connected devices.

The original version distribution archive was originally an incomplete archive on Font-Journal in 2009, but that archive has now been updated completely with images, borders, documentation and a wide variety of font formats.

This newer version is effectively 2.0, but uses a new reserved font name, "DS Behrensschrift." Since this updated font doesn't seem to be available as an OpenType font (none found) with advanced features, nor does it have the sibling Shadow font that exists in the original font family, that older archive is still available and quite useful.

As it does not have OpenType support, it is useless to convert the TTF font to Postscript Type 1 since all the features of OpenType are lost. I did use the High-Logic Font Creator app on Windows to convert the DS Behrensschrift font to Web Open Font Formats (WOFF & WOFF2).

I also updated the font archive with this documentation, and added a new character set preview image for the included font (graphic image by Doug Peters of Symbiotic Design) for Font-Journal.

For the sake of validating the origin of these files, this font was downloaded from Mr. Steffmann's 2012 officially updated v. 2.0 font archive on 1001 Fonts. It's been checked and validated as the most recent known available version (as of April, 2021).

But, if you want to use either the OpenType version of this font, or if you would like the shadow font, then you have to use the older font family, as there is no OTF file and the Shadow font style was not updated in 2012.

NOTE: This is free software, provided as-is, flaws or not. If you do have trouble, contact me, let me know the issue, and I will see what I can do.

This text document has been created specifically for distribution with this font archive as a researched factual document intended to protect all parties. Any updates to this font (under this reserved font name) or its distribution archive can be found at the dedicated Font-Journal URL for this distribution archive given a couple of paragraphs below.

This archive was specifically enhanced with this note as a means to document the great works Dieter Steffmann has contributed to the world. This is done in the hopes that he will always be credited for his wonderful gifts to humanity, as many of his original distribution archives lack any documentation what-so-ever (the license was given on the web page it was downloaded from, but then the license can be lost when a designer has a lot of fonts). Hopefully, it will also serve to help protect his work from modifications and derivatives.

This new '2.000' version may fix a bug with PDF embedding. It can be accessed at the following URL(s)...
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The previous 2009 distribution zip package archived here has been updated to include the complete typeface (shadow font added), the OpenType format versions added, all of the Type 1 font files from reconversions, the WOFF& WOFF2 fonts, along with a doc & the original text sample JPG image, the .ai format frame files from that text sample image, plus a new PNG character set sample image for both of the fonts in the family (on or about April 12th, 2021).
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Please note that Dieter Steffmann has a great many free downloadable typefaces available at Font-Journal. To view all of his fonts that I have added to the font repository so far you can search his name (or use the URL below):

Note also, that Mr. Steffmann created a large volume of free fonts (over 600). I have much to do to include and document each one of his fonts (both the ones I will add and the older ones that have previously been archived before I started documenting each one).

Perhaps Dieter Steffmann didn't include documentation in his distribution archives since he made them freely available to the public without much restriction on regular use and the license was specified on the download page. But then the license gets separated from the archive and as a designer myself, I like to retain proof that a free font I downloaded is as such (a free font with its conditions of use). It will take me a while, but I will be working to get them all updated with a text sample gif & documentation, eventually. Still, it's going to take a long time, as I administrate Font-Journal as a free online font repository and cataloged font archive only in my spare time, currently without assistance.

Dieter Steffman
Is a widely talented, retired typographer living in Duetschland (AKA: Germany). Specifically, he lives in the township of Kreuztal in the Siegerland region of DE (DE is the country code abbreviation for Germany). He started computing on the Amiga (as did I). He currently has some health concerns that he shares on his Wordpress blog. He enjoys web administration, photography and hiking, now. He also posts some great photos. Dieter is also quite active on Twitter and maybe Facebook. Dieter Steffman's business alias is "Typographer Mediengestaltung" and he created hundreds of fonts between 2000-2013 that are now available free.

September 3rd



1001 Fonts has cataloged 357 of his over 600 free typefaces:

Twitter Feed: @DieterSteffmann


Dieter Steffmann's official font archive is at:

However, this font is from his updated fonts at 1001 Fonts at:

...but as noted, those archives lack the inclusion of documentation and a simple preview gif. As I prefer to keep that the license info, documentation and a preview image are both included with my archives so that as a designer I can always reference this information should I require it (such as when some scammer comes along and pretends the font is theirs and threatens a fake 'Copyright infingement' shake-down law suit simply hoping to scare out some money from the ignorant or disorganized).

Therefore, I have completed the font family, added a variety of font format versions, and then created a new character set PNG image for inclusion with this very archive, while adding this text documentation which includes the updated license info and a quick history lesson so that it is not lost (as in typical Font-Journal fashion for new font additions).

This journaling methodology gives professional graphic designers and marketers an easy way to prove that a typeface is free and OK for commercial use, as well as learn a little of the history about the author, if they want, without too much trouble. All they have to do is keep the original archive somewhere (in case the website goes offline when the Google server monopoly on internet infrastructure dependency takes the world's internet down again). I recommend keeping the archive in a local directory on your computer as well as online with the hosting account directory for any website you use it on as a webfont.

All Fonts...
Copyright (c) 2012 by Typographer Mediengestaltung. All rights reserved.

By using this font you hereby agree to the terms of this license agreement as put forth in this document.

Personal use is allowed.
Charity work is allowed.
Commercial use is allowed.
No derivatives are allowed.
-This means that you may not edit the font, modify the glyphs, extend the font character sets, or change the reserved font name using the source font file.

You may convert this font for use in other formats, or for use on other device platforms, so long as the font remains intact and is not modified or otherwise altered in any way, such as changing the reserved font names or altering any individual glyphs.

This typeface is distributed 'as is' without any warranty. Neither the author of this typeface, nor any distributing party, shall be held liable for any damage derived from using this typeface.

You may redistribute this/these font(s), unchanged, preferably in its original archive as freeware, but the font may not be modified and you may not sell it, nor are you allowed to include it in any font archive, collection, distribution CD or DVD that is sold for monetary gain or bartered (keep it free). Any means of benefitting from the distribution of this archive is strictly forbidden. On distribution websites, this font must be available to all visitors for no charge, this includes sans membership fees or subscription requirement.

The included font(s) may not ever be sold or published in any form without the expressed written permission by its respective author, Dieter Steffman.

The included font(s) may be embedded into any application such as a website, home page, PDF document, or mobile device app, independent of the number of the application users, as long as the application itself does not intend to distribute the font file(s) independent of its proper distribution archive.

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