Reminiscent of the smokestack industries of the first half of the 20th Century.
Faktos started out as a custom headline I needed for a newspaper layout about the old Silverton, Colorado, narrow-gauge railroad. I gradually expanded it into an entire font, then released it as shareware on various pre-Internet, dial-up services, like CompuServe and Delphi, in 1991. My logo, in the upper left corner of this page, is a version of the icon I used for the original font file.
When Internet use exploded in the late '90s, pirated versions of Faktos began appearing on dozens of free download sites. I began seeing the typeface used everywhere from movie trailers to plantar wart removal cartons.
Just as an example, 7-Eleven used Faktos as its main typeface in a nationwide ad campaign several years ago. While it was running, I visited a local store and suggested to the clerk that I get a free grape Slurpee as payment. As expected, I had no more luck with that approach than I did in sending their corporate headquarters a bill. I did manage to sneak out with an empty cup, though.
I've recently updated Faktos to current OpenType and TrueType standards. As time permits, I'll be tweaking the looks a bit, designing a few more ligatures and alternate glyphs, and adding more complete support for Central and Eastern European characters and diacritical marks (remember, this was just about my first typeface design). As I finish these improvements, I'll make them available here as free (copyrighted, but still free to use) downloads.
Before downloading Faktos, read the End User License Agreement (EULA) below. Downloading Faktos constitutes your acceptance of this agreement.
Faktos, Version 1.5 • Copyright © 1991–2020 by Cory Maylett Design LLC. All rights reserved.
By downloading and opening the compressed font files, you expressly agree to be bound by the terms of this End User License Agreement (EULA). This EULA forms a legal, binding contract between you and Cory Maylett Design LLC. If you do not accept the terms of this EULA, do not download the files.
Cory Maylett Design LLC is the legal owner of Faktos (THE FONT) and the software code that makes up THE FONT.
Faktos version 1.5 is available for personal and commercial use at no charge. You MAY embed a character set from Faktos in PDFs for the sole purpose of printing your work.
However, you MAY NOT redistribute THE FONT to others. You MAY NOT create and/or distribute derivative fonts from Faktos or its underlying code. You MAY NOT make THE FONT available for download over the Internet or host it on any server where others may access it. You MAY NOT upload THE FONT to publicly accessible servers, including websites. You MAY NOT create webfonts from THE FONT. You expressly agree not to sell, rent, lease, sublicense, give, lend or further distribute THE FONT or derivative software created from the underlying font software.
Cory Maylett Design LLC disclaims all warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. Cory Maylett Design LLC does not warrant that THE FONT is error-free or without defects. Under no circumstances shall Cory Maylett Design LLC be liable to you or any other party for any special, consequential, or incidental damages, including lost profits or business interruption as a result of the use of THE FONT.
Faktos is legally available only from Cory Maylett Design LLC. You may, of course, create links to http://maylett.net where the font may be legally downloaded.
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