At a Glance
- Lowercase is not an option
This super-powered font blasts your message into the stratosphere.
Do you wish your grey flannel suit were made of sterner stuff?
Do you yearn to introduce yourself with a show of force? Well,
shake hands with IronManic, designer Gene Buban’s homage typeface
to the cinematic Tony Stark. Quicker than you can type I AM IRON
MAN, this download will have you riveted to the keyboard.
IronManic was produced in 2008 using an early version of
FontStruct, the modular typeface ap developed by typographer Rob
Meek. The tool is two-dimensional, but the amount of detail Buban
rendered into IronManic’s 40 characters is on par with the
depth-defying tricks used by wood type engravers. Interiors sport a
decorative rule creating a soldered seam effect, even as each
perfectly placed rivet sports a tiny shadow of it own. Clipped
endings on letters like K, R, and X help further the machine shop
There are limitations. Users can count to infinity, but typing
in lowercase is beyond the range of available characters. Start
your caps at 120 points to really appreciate IronManic. The set is
legible below that, but you’ll miss the full-on 3D quality without
the size. Like Mr. Stark’s alter ego, the modus operandi of
this download is to live as large as possible.
While the set is meant as a tribute to Marvel Comics’ armor clad
highflyer, we also see a reflection of the USS Monitor, Iron Man’s
Civil War ancestor. Could a loaded cannon be waiting to poke out of
the Q? Be warned. Use this dynamic set for good, not evil–and
please, keep it personal. Buban’s download is licensed to soar
with home-use only.
Note: To use this font, unzip the folder and install the
.ttf file in the folder C:WindowsFonts. Note that the font won’t
appear in your applications until you close and re-open them.