PC World reports that there is a new font available for download: “JETT”!
Here’s a tale of two cities. She’s a Philadelphia-born rocker known for driving beats and in-your-face lyrics. He’s a Parisian design student with a guitar hero alter-ego and a handful of pixel bricks. What bad grrrl guitarist Joan Jett and apprentice typographer Izzy-sparks have in common is a heart made for rock and a homage font as black and distressed as the lead singer’s wardrobe. Jett (free) is a display font with attitude to spare.
Jett was created as part of a class assignment to capture the essence of a favorite artist using Rob Meek’s online application FontStruct. The work began as a clone of another FontStruction. Designers in the FontStruct community encourage cloning (copying a font set) by choosing a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license. This was the case with Formal Roman, a FontStruction inspired by, (but not a direct copy of) Minion Pro, an Adobe font designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990.
It’s hard not to like this outsider with an attitude. Jett is a solid tribute to a musician who continues to play past the critics, even as Izzy-sparks’s characters, blurred and distressed as they are, stand ready to strike the perfect chord for clubwise designers.
OK PEEPS, who wants to make me a new header graphic for Born to be Jetthead using this rad new font? (I totally BLOW at making graphics, so I could use the help.) My header image is 990 x 180. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to your twitpic, flickr, etc., and send me the link in the comments. 🙂 I will feature the best submissions on the blog.