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HulkSmash

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

Communicating with maximum impact is easy with HulkSmash by IronManic designer Gene Buban. Lurking within this font is a group of uppercase heavies set to rumble in homage to the silver screen's most misunderstood humanoid, Marvel Comics' Incredible Hulk. We predict you'll have everyone's attention from the moment you type @YOU.

Don't be fooled by the crumbling facade. The 70 characters of HulkSmash share rock-solid design. Buban has stretched the latest incarnation of Rob Meek's Fontstruct application to the limit. Hours of patient editing within the set's DNA allows this Jekyll-and-Hyde offspring of traditional wood type to stomp straight into the 21st century, bringing with it a limited range of punctuation in both solid and smashed forms. Users can type " for a cracked period, @ for a shattered exclamation point, and / for a fractured question mark.

Sized at 60 points and up, HulkSmash is the perfect attention-getter, but keep it personal even as you think big and give credit where credit is due. This font is for home use only.

Keeping score with the HulkSmash font is limited. A solid numeral set from 0-9 is included, but its raging alter ego is missing. Then again, what self-respecting avenger font is going to count to ten before charging across the page to deliver the crucial blow?

Buban has shown us that not every font has to play nice. If you need to let the world know you've had enough, feel free to call on his HulkSmash to do the job. If you'd rather be sneaky about it, his excellent Predatoric 2 may fit the bill.

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 your applications until you close and re-open them.

--Kate Godfrey

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    HulkSmash does not speak softly, but it does carry a big shtick.

    Pros

    • A modern takeoff on wood type styling

    Cons

    • Limited range of punctuation
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