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Use & Modify – personal selection of Open Source Typefaces by Raphaël Bastide


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Use & Modify is a “personal selection of beautiful, classy, punk, professional, incomplete, weird free and open source typefaces…”, curated by Raphaël Bastide

Been coming across a few of this curated font websites of late, and it’s all such a good idea, that I’m thinking of doing one myself. Have a couple more that I’m going to be posting about soon…

Use & Modify personal selection of Open Source Typefaces by Raphaël Bastide

Raphaël Bastide has made Use & Modify more like a regular font foundry website, in that it all looks and works just like a commercial foundry website.

When you first visit Use & Modify, you’ll have options to enhance user experience and accessibility, such as:

  • font example size
  • day or night mode
  • single or triple column view
  • normal search
  • keyword search.

As Raphaël explains the purpose and goal for Use & Modify:

“Provide a contemporary set of fonts distributed under libre or open source licences, hand picked by a typography and free culture lover.

Along with these view options, Raphaël has ensured that all relevant author and designer credits are included as image able shows;

  • links to font source
  • author attribution
  • details on individual font licences
  • keyword tagging

Worth noting about font licence, as even if a font is Open Source, there may or mat not be certain restrictions regarding personal and commercial use.

So if you do find a font on Use & Modify, and you plan to use it for client work, then make sure you check the relevant font licence.

Image below shows the 3 column view in Daylight mode, with small text sizing.

Use & Modify – personal selection of Open Source Typefaces by Raphaël Bastide

I really do love this idea of creating a personal micro site for fonts…

Use & Modify personal selection of Open Source Typefaces by Raphaël Bastide