Fonts that Work with ASCII Text Art

ascii art fontsMaking ASCII Art with Fixed Width, Sans-Serif Fonts.

I’ve been making ASCII art since 1998. I’m a great fan of the FixedSys font. It is a monospace font which works very well for illustrating with text. The individual characters are plain and straight up and down, without many flourishes. (Plain fonts, without flourishes are called sans-serif). FixedSys is also a text which displays on the dark side. This is nice compared to some monospace fonts which give a very light, thin display.

However, Windows Vista was the first new computer I bought where I noticed the FixedSys font is missing. I looked for it, tried other font options, but was not really happy. So I went online to see what people were writing about it.

I now know that FixedSys has been given an upgrade of sorts and is now known as Consolas. I found Consolas and gave it a try. It is nice, smoother than the old FixedSys. But, I am a bit of a traditionalist, loyal to whatever I liked first.

While searching I found the font called FixedSys Excelsior. It is like the old fashioned FixedSys but it is less smooth than the new Consolas font. You can see a pretty drastic difference in the two fonts when I show them in an ASCII art illustration of the Canadian flag.

Monospaced Fonts to Try


Typographic Portraits – Text Art

Typography is the art and technique of using and arranging letters, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. There are many different branches of typography. One of them is the form of portrait making or text art. A collection of Beautiful Typefaces Typographic Portraits. A great design trend of seen appearing more and more often around the web is using typography to create portraits. This post I’ve compiled an amazing list of 50 beautiful typography portraits which are perfect for inspiration and are simply mind blowing designs. Text isn’t just limited to language, it can be also used to create unique, unusual pieces of art. With the modern tools and software that are readily available such as Photoshop and Illustrator, creative typography has become a great design trend.

via 50 Amazing Typographic Portraits – Beautiful Text Art.