Rather than choosing (to my mind) the boring ones, I have chosen 3 that I have used quite often for banner headings, that I downloaded for free from http://www.dafont.com during GD 1.
I discovered it was made by “Apostrophic Labs” in 2000.
I found the following information from Luc Devroye ’s website
“One of the most dynamic foundries from 2000 until 2003. The “Lab” was run by Apostrophe (Fredrick Nader) and was based in Toronto. The name Apostrophe comes from a Frank Zappa song. It has produced well over 1000 original free fonts, in all formats (type 1, truetype, and opentype, PC and Mac), and nearly all fonts have full character sets. Many have character sets for extended European languages and Cyrillic as well. It was for a few years the only active producer of multiple master fonts.”
The Mary Jane font family is a friendly, rounded, serif font with a surprisingly large number of varieties. I have found that my favourite versions are MJ Alternate and MJ Antique.
This is a playful, slab-serif headline font created in 1999. This font includes a license that allows free commercial use: sometimes referred to as a desktop license. This allows you to install the font on a computer and use it to create posters, web graphics, game graphics, t-shirts, videos, signs, logos and more.
I got the following information from its authors website.
“I’m Ray Larabie, from Ottawa, Canada. When I was very young, my grandmother brought me stacks of dry-transfer lettering (Letraset) from work. I learned the names of fonts and became an instant font junkie. When I got my first computer, the TRS-80, I got into font editing software and started making my own fonts. After attending a few years of art school, I went to college and got a Classical Animation Diploma. I ended up as an art director in the video game business but never lost my love for fonts. In the late 1990’s, I started making free fonts and releasing them on my site Ray Larabie Freeware Typeface of the Week. I changed the site name to Larabie Fonts and made fonts by the hundreds. In 2001, I started a commercial font venture. Two years later, I was able to quit my day job to work on fonts full time. I moved to Japan in 2008 and I continue making fonts to this day. My company is Typodermic Fonts Inc. based in the city of Nagoya, Japan.”
Aerolite (c) 2010 is a font family designed by Jan Paul and digitized by Brian Kent in New York.
The history of Aerolite, from Jan Paul: “The Aerolite fonts are essentially stripped down versions of a complex outline typeface I designed for the first Midnight Oil album in 1978, affectionately known as “The Blue Meanie”. Many years later I saw the font “powderworks” and asked Brian Kent if he would be interested in digitizing Aerolite. Brian is a font (!) of knowledge and was of invaluable help by getting Aerolite to where it is today. Special care was taken in keeping the distinct character while as Aerolite Regular also providing a legible, thouroughly kerned body type which can be used in all sizes for large volume text.”
This typeface is suited as body text for science and sci-fi projects, evoking the future, the past, time and space travel (aerolites are meteorites) but also is meant for text of a spiritual nature, humanitarian causes or natural healing, perhaps even a “Celtic Future Legend”. It has also been associated with surfing.