Review: Tiresias fonts are clearly easy on the eye

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Tiresias font family

    PCWorld Rating

    Originally distributed to allow blind and partially sighted people better access to information, Tiresias is easy for humans and even machines to read.

In Greek mythology, Tiresias was a blind prophet. This TrueType typeface was designed for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, a UK charity. Tiresias was originally distributed to allow blind and partially sighted people better access to information through a well-designed typeface that's easy to read and can be machine-read. This goal yielded a typeface that works beautifully at both large and surprisingly small sizes.

Tiresias is a sans serif font, and includes all upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, mathematical symbols, some diacritics, and special characters. Tiresias is a nice alternative to Comic Sans if you're looking for a typeface that's very easy to read, although Tiresias uses a stacked letterpress lowercase a (but a regular lowercase g).

Designed to be easy to read, the Tiresias family typefaces are welcome to the eye.

Tiresias is available in five different versions with slight variations. All come with regular, bold, and oblique faces. Tiresias LPfont includes very tiny curves on the edges of all glyphs (regular and oblique) which gives it a stylish upper hand; and its relatively narrow glyphs add to its distinguished nature.

Tiresias is free for personal and commercial use under the GNU General Public License (published by the Free Software Foundation); you may also redistribute and adapt Tiresias under this license. However, if your business becomes hugely successful, consider making a donation to the Royal National Institute of Blind People to support their programs.

Note: The Download button on the Product Information page takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Originally distributed to allow blind and partially sighted people better access to information, Tiresias is easy for humans and even machines to read.

    Pros

    • Very legible
    • Full typeface
    • Variations on theme

    Cons

    • Very conservative
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