Greetings Font Fiends:

Here is something new for you to play with. 'Paddington' is a

translation of a sans serif design drawn by Edward Johnston for

London Transport in 1918. It is generally considered to be the first

modern sans serif design. Some comments about this translation are

in order:

1. Current version number: 1.1 (February 1997)

2. No, Martha, these aren't complete character sets. I created

these faces for a project, used them, polished them up a bit, and now

they're yours. I may or may not extend the character sets, based on

the amount of whining and sniveling that I receive. But be very nice

to me or I may just tell you to buzz off.

3. The 'plain' font is based very closely on the original, but see

#4 below. The italic, demibold, demibold italic, small caps and

demibold small caps are my own invention. If you don't like them,

don't use them.

4. I have very slightly (<10%) beefed-up the vertical stems and

vertical bits of curved strokes -- this assures optically consistent


5. Some of the characters are of my own invention:

> the commercial 'at' sign (needed for e-mail addresses, alas)

> the text, or lowercase, numerals

> the italic lowercase a and f

> the straight-back y

> the $ and signs

> the diacritical marks

> the euro monetary symbol

6. These fonts exist in Mac Type-1 format only.

I have no interest whatsoever in converting them to PC, Amiga, or

Unix formats -- for those, and anything else, you're on your own.

7. I am releasing these typefaces as freeware. That's right:

You don't have to pay me. I am hoping, not in vain, I trust, that

you have a conscience and will not use or appropriate these typefaces

to your use without giving some credit where it is due. In all events,

the notice contained in the fonts must remain intact.

8. Although I have written a book about Fontographer and use it

extensively, I found it necessary to finish up these fonts in

FontStudio. Fontographer's hinting is, well, execrable. I was able

to obtain effective automatic hinting from FontStudio that

Fontographer could not equal, even with a little hand-tuning of

the hints. Shocking. More shocking is that Adobe has bought Ares

(who developed FontStudio) and Adobe, apparently has no plans

to do anything with the program. Depressing.


Stephen Moye,