There isn’t one license agreement that covers all Typodermic fonts; the agreement varies between distributors. Refer to the agreement included with the fonts. If a license agreement wasn’t included, please find a new version of the font on this site or contact us. If the fonts were included with your Adobe CC subscription, check here.

What’s a Desktop License?

When you’re shopping for fonts you’ll often see the term desktop license. A desktop license allows you to install a font on a computer or other device and use it to make graphics.

Examples of What a Desktop License Allows

  • album covers
  • book covers (including ebooks)
  • business cards
  • clothing
  • decals*
  • embroidery
  • flyers
  • game graphics
  • graphics inside an ebook
  • lesson sheets
  • logos
  • magazines
  • movies
  • web printing service (Zazzle, Redbubble)
  • pamphlets
  • PDF documents
  • posters
  • product labels
  • signs
  • stamps*
  • stencils*
  • stickers*
  • tattoos
  • television
  • videos
  • website graphics

What’s Allowed With a Desktop License?

There are virtually no restrictions on what type of graphics you can make using these fonts. If you use these fonts to make a logo or any other kind of graphic, it’s yours to trademark and copyright. You can use it to make any type of graphics*.

What’s Not Allowed With a Desktop License?

A desktop license doesn’t allow you to embed the font. Embedding means transferring, including or uploading the actual font into an application, website or hardware. Refer to the included license agreement for details.

* Stamps, Stencils & Stickers

Usually a desktop license allows you to use the fonts on stamps, stencils and stickers. But alphabet stencils, alphabet stamps or alphabet stickers aren’t allowed. In a hardware or craft store and you’ve seen stencils, stamps or stickers with an entire alphabet. Customers can use those stamps, stencils and stickers to make words or numbers. If you’re creating something like this, you need an analogue distribution license. See the custom license section below. This rule also applies to digits such as house numbers, vehicle number decals etc. If you’re not sure, ask yourself: can the customer use your product to make their own words or numbers?

Free Demo Fonts

All Typodermic Fonts have free demo versions available. They’re not complete fonts but you can install them on your system and hopefully get an idea if it’s the right font for you. After you use the Get it now! button on any font of this site, look for a Download Demos link.

Web License

A web license is required if you want to embed the font on the web. When you have a website and you want all the headings or text to appear in a certain font, you need to upload the font to the website—that requires a web license. When you purchase a web license, you’ll receive the fonts in special web formats as well as some sample code to help you get started. If you’ve purchased a web license and you’d like to do your own web font conversion, that’s no problem. If you purchase a web font through the Buy it now links on this site there’s an option for pageviews/month. That number is an estimate—there’s no font tracking and nobody’s going to check. We trust you. Some font distributors may use tracking and different pricing systems so check carefully before purchasing.

eBook License

An eBook license is only required if a font is embedded in an electronic book like a Kindle. For eBook covers, illustrations or graphical headings, fonts are never embedded so a desktop license is sufficient. An eBook license is never required for PDF books because the desktop license permits it. As of October 2020, eBook use for Typodermic Fonts is permitted by the Fontspring Desktop license. Other distributors may still require a separate eBook license.

Custom License

If you need a license that’s not covered here, the friendly folks at Fontspring will help you get what you need. Before you contact them, figure out which fonts you need. Not just the name of the typeface but individual styles if there are any. Have a look at the sample licenses and see if one of them suits your needs. If you need something changed in the agreement, just ask them. Get started with custom licensing.

How Can I Get These Licenses?

When you use the Get it now button on any font of this site, you’ll see buying options for each font. You can select Desktop, Web Font, Ebook or Application license. If you’re buying more than one type of license, discounts may apply.

Is Modification Allowed?

In the license agreement you may notice some modification restrictions. Those restrictions refer to the font itself. Loading a font into font editing software and modifying it is what modification refers to. It’s not referring to making a logo and changing the shape of the characters. If you’re designing something, you can make any changes you like to the shapes of the characters. If you need to make changes to the typeface itself, please contact us.

Custom Typefaces

If you need changes made to any of our fonts, contact us right away. It’s possible to commission a custom typeface however: Typodermic Fonts never does exclusives. We’ll make the fonts for you but we’ll also sell them on our site afterward. Contact us for details.

What About Free Fonts?

Typodermic’s free fonts include a desktop license. There’s no difference between the desktop license for a free font or fonts you paid for. There are no special restrictions for commercial use for free fonts. You can do exactly the same things with a free font as a font you paid for. Typodermic Fonts doesn’t do personal use licensing. We don’t require donations. You don’t need to ask permission for commercial use. If you found a free font and it seems to be an older version or maybe pirated, use the search tool on this site to find the font. Use the Get it now! button to access a fresh version with a proper license agreement. Here’s a list of all the Typodermic Fonts typefaces which include at least one free font.

Application License

By application we mean phone apps, tablet apps, computer programs and video games. You don’t need an application license if you’re making graphics or including a logo or pre-rendered headings. Including vector graphics in the app is no problem. You only need an application license if you’re including the working font data in the application. If you’re converting it to another format, including bitmap, that’s embedding. Even if the user can’t access the font, it’s still embedded. If the application allows the user to “make something” a custom license is required. Examples of apps that allow users to make something: graphic design software, forms generator, online t-shirt generator, CAD software suite. If you’re distributing software make sure the font isn’t installed on the user’s system. If the font can’t be embedded in the software or a library, make sure it’s somewhat obfuscated so the casual user won’t likely find and install it.

Indie Developer Tip:

How do you know what tier of application license to buy? Unless you’re really confident you’re going to have hundreds of thousands of users, just pick the first tier. Later when your game is very successful, you can purchase another license. We’re not fussy about when you purchase a license—you can wait for launch day.

Can I Include Fonts in an Open-Source Project?

Yes, but only the fonts with a free desktop license. You can’t place any of our fonts under an open-source license. You’ll need to set up your project as mixed use. In the source, you need to include the zip or the contents of the zip from or dafont, including the original license agreement. It’s a bit complicated so you’ll have to do some research before attempting a mixed use project. As for fonts that don’t have a free desktop license: it’s impossible to use them in open-source projects. Those fonts are included in several agreements which prevent them from being distributed under an open-source license of any kind.