The Rockets font

Rockets, based on the logo of Rockets

By John Stracke.

My other fonts

This is a font meant to evoke space travel. I started with a capital A based on the shape of a 1950s rocket, and went from there. The capital O is the Earth; the lowercase o is the Moon; the lowercase c is a crescent moon...and many other characters are based on those four.

Sample text (PDF)

It is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). Where the LGPL refers to "source code", I take that to refer to the file called Rockets.sfd, which is a file for editing with fontforge, an outline font editor program. Thus, according to the LGPL, if you distribute this font, you must make Rockets.sfd available to the recipient(s) under the terms the LGPL specifies for source availability. Each of the download links below is an archive which includes Rockets.sfd, the LGPL, a readme, and at least one font file (e.g., Rockets.ttf for TrueType files). I chose the LGPL instead of the GPL because, arguably, using the GPL might mean that PostScript and PDF files with this font embedded would be GPLed (they're like programs that link to a static library).

Fontforge is not GPLed, but its license does seem to count as free software (it's BSD-style, without the advertising clause).

The font has 757 characters (including some duplicates and some characters which are used only as accents for other characters): all of ASCII, Latin-1, Latin Extended A, about a third of Latin Extended B, Latin Extended Additional, plus a bunch of punctuation characters. If you find that some character from your language is not quite right, please be kind; the only languages I've known are Latin, English, Spanish, and German, which means that most of the letters outside ASCII are new to me. It has a Euro symbol.


For now, I'm publishing it only in TrueType. PostScript apparently has some features that TrueType doesn't, but I don't use them, so there's not much point.

You can choose from a few formats: Unix tarball, RPM (does not include Rockets.sfd), source RPM, zipfile.

Feedback, anybody?