Billboard - Free Heavy Sans Fonts by Dieter Steffman

Billboard is a very heavy bold sans multiligual font family by Dieter Steffmann that could be considered close to a black (super heavy) font. There are 3 styles of this font family, Billboard College, Billboard Shadow, and Billboard Stripe. This archive includes all 3 styles in Truetype, Postscript, and the 2 Web Open Font Formats (WOFF & WOFF2), all at version 1.000.

This is a free font (never to be sold) released for public use by Dieter Steffmann. This font is OK for commercial use, even as a web font. No derivatives are allowed.

Note that Dieter Steffmann once went under the brand, "Typographer Mediengestaltung", as sometimes the Copyright for this font may reflect, but this is still Dieter Steffmann and his brand.

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 web font {#webfont}, too), EXCEPT that he maintains his full Copyright worldwide, and therefore this font should not be modified or otherwise used to create a derivative font, and that this font should never be sold. The font or fonts in this archive is/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.

Each font style offers a set of 226 characters including lower & upper case letters, numerals, punctuation and symbols offering support for a variety of languages using a variety of European Latin accented letters.

This font/webfont is a heavy bold to black weight (sans-serif), casual headline style intended to stand-out so that lends itself well to advertising, headings, titles, posters and of course, the more casual headline.

This font matches up well with other plain styled HeavyBold and Black Sans Serif fonts such as Impact, Harvest Italic and others, to provide added flexibility for those similar fonts.

This font/webfont is distributed in several font formats. It comes as Billboard College (an thin outline around a solid character which will require a decent larger size to see), Billboard Shadow (a shadowed outline), and Billboard Stripped (each character is defined by a series of stripes) in various formats.

The original archive downloaded from Dieter Steffmann's official font archive was the TrueType font format (the filenames with the *.ttf file extension) in this distribution archive. This is the version I used to create the WOFF versions (*.woff & *.woff2). However, I did find the Postscript version online as well, though I cannot establish where I got it from and it seems to be missing extraciricular meta data such as version number and Copyright, but it is definitely the same otherwise. So, this may well be a conversion, but all the files are there and it seems authentic to this version. Postscript fonts come with 3 extensions, *afm, *.pfb, & *.pfm. In Windows you can click on the .pfm file to see the font preview. The Billbco_ files are for Bthe Billboard College font, the Billbsh_ files are for the Billboard Shadow font, and the Billbst_ files are for the Billboard Stripped font.

This distribution archive has been updated with the font format archive downloaded from Mr. Steffmann's official fonts catalog, then updated with the Postscript versions that I was able to find online. The TrueType version was converted to the WOFF & WOFF2 versions. The original GIF of the style preview samples has been included along with a new preview image showing off more of the included multilingual characters, and this updated documentation. The new characters preview image and this updated documentation were created by Doug Peters of Symbiotic Design for Font-Journal. The fonts have been checked and validated as the most recent known available versions (as of May, 2022).

This text document has been created specifically for distribution with this font archive as a factual document to protect all parties. Any updates to this font or its distribution archive can be found at the dedicated Font-Journal URL for this distribution archive given below.

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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 however, 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 took over the database and started documenting each new archive).

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, or because the license was specified on the download page. But then the license gets separated from the downloaded archive. I, as a designer myself, like to retain proof that a free font I downloaded is as such (a free font along with its documented conditions of use).

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



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This font's official archive was originally downloaded from:

The TrueType font versions were found at:

Copyright (c) Typographer Mediengestaltung, 2000. 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.
Installable & Embeddable without restriction.
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 font is distributed 'as is' without any warranty. Neither the author of Alpine font, nor any distributing party, shall be held liable for any damage derived from using this typeface.

You may redistribute this font, unchanged, in its original archive as freeware, but it 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. 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, without any membership fee requirement or a restriction by a necessary subscription.

This font may not ever be sold or published in any form without the expressed written permission by its respective author, Dieter Steffman. See contact info given previously for Dieter Steffmann to contact him.

The included font(s) may be embedded into any application such as a website, home page 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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