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Phatzzo

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Phatzzo

    PCWorld Rating

    With bold, retro styling, this font proves to be a versatile quick-change artist.

Name-calling aside, the font known as Phatzzo is a clever construction that rates points for retro versatility. Like early TRS-80 fonts, each character has a bottom-heavy presence, but the resemblance stops there. Specify the size at 220 point, then slowly dial down to 50 point to see this quick-change artist slip from high-contrast grid into preppy plaid before settling into a fuzzy gray remininscent of a flannel sport coat. The fact that the grid lines are transparent also opens up interesting possibilities, as the clear lines take on whatever background color they find.

This font--from RM New Albion designer Ray Meadows--knows how to stand up to large declarations and scale down for semi-bold announcements. However, be warned—Phatzzo needs a slender companion for small talk. Below 40 point, this fellow loses focus. The set contains full alphabet, numeral, and characters sets all in one weight. Care to display a playful side? The brackets make Mario moustaches when tipped over.

Note: To use this font, unzip the folder and install the .ttf file in the folder C:\Windows\Fonts. Note that the font won't appear in applications until you close and re-open them.

--Kate Godfrey

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    With bold, retro styling, this font proves to be a versatile quick-change artist.

    Pros

    • Clever shading changes with sizing

    Cons

    • No true lowercase
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