Font Of the Moment: Fontfabric’s Code-Pro Bold

My Font Affair Of  The Month is with Fontfabric’s Code-Pro Bold

The theme for this month’s font selection is pay if you want…

I received a few groans with the last two recommended fonts as they are licensed fonts. Yes, if you’re a graphic designer you’ve accepted paying for fonts is just a regular part of the business. Acknowledging it is critical we compensate the designers and foundries that create and provide excellent typefaces so they may continue to do so.

That said, tens of thousands nondesigners out there, bitten by the typography bug, are not “on board” with buying fonts. We’ve become spoiled by so many tools available online free or by means of piracy, paying for anything seems foreign to many people. Let me tell you it’s not easy for me to consistently find fonts that are both free and tasteful. As a general rule the fonts offered free on foundries such as DaFont and the like are:

a)      straight up gross
b)      a blatant rip-off of a licensed face with minor alterations
c)      You have not read the licence and it is only permitted for personal use and not for commercial purposes

I’m finding some middle ground this month by recommending a great uppercase only font that can be downloaded free with the option to pay for the font if you wish.

Diatribe complete, on to the font! Code Pro, designed by Svetoslav Simov of type foundry Fontfabric. I see a lot of Century Gothic in Code-Pro even though the creators are citing Futura and Avant Guarde as the inspiration. Very symmetrical, uniform strokes, no wasted energy or affectations in forming the characters, straight to business.

I’ve been a fan of Century Gothic beginning way back when Lil’ Chris was first year design school. Eventually everyone and their dog started using it in the mid 2000’s. It has since become a household font available with most software right out of the box. Regardless it is still a great face when you want clean and sophisticated. Loosen up that tracking and it is as though they’re lighter than air. There are some unique differences in Code-Pro though that set it apart.

Highlights for me:

  • A very original “J”, the arm juts out only capping the left side of the stroke and extends quite short of the final. It’s a fascinating character.
  • The juncture of the “K” and the “R” , or lack thereof, a subtle gap specifically on the “R” is wonderful. I initially thought this gap would have also looked great on the “P” juncture, I tried that theory out and Svetoslav made the right call.
  • The tail on the “Q” is exceptional! It rests on the baseline like a foundation, the angle of the stroke caps remain parallel with the baseline and it finishes nicely in the center of the character just below the mean line. In fact I will probably put this “Q” on the All-Star team.

On the fence…

  • The bevels on the “Z”, credit for trying to jazz up an otherwise boring character, but without those bezels elsewhere in the face, it looks out of place.


  • The “I”, too serif and not becoming of a modernist face such as this.
  • The ampersand is crazy, almost unrecognizable as “&”
  • It is hard to escape the myriad of fonts similar to this used on practically every electronic music act’s advertising.

In summary, nice face, available exclusively in uppercase regular and bold. Suitable for headlines, poster copy and typography related projects.

You can download the regular and bold faces free of charge here with the option of paying a meager $29 for the family if you wish. Please do, or feel free to use the PayPal button to make a small donation.

-Chris Sagert

Related: Past Fonts Of The Moment

1 Comment

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July 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

rock on! i love this stuff!

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