Really really fat font

Form Function's picture

Hi, everyone.

I'm looking for a really fat font. The fattest. It can be almost unreadable. Preferably slightly organic. Like every letter was bitten by a snake on saturday, and no medical help is readily available. Or was comically decompressed in outer space. Or is just about to eat a last mint.

Finding it hard to locate anything like it and would very much appreciate help on this one.

Thanks for helping!

Joshua Langman's picture

What style, other than fat? Serif? Sans? Handwritten? Etc.

Form Function's picture

So fat it's impossible to know. So I guess sans.

Nick Shinn's picture

Big Black, T-26.

Form Function's picture

Thanks, Nick! Very close, but more bloated. Ballooney, but not comical.

hrant's picture



bojev's picture

Linotype Black White Headline

Bogdan Oancea's picture


oobimichael's picture

Here might be four possibilities:

HVB's picture

Any of these?
Puffy Clouds
- Herb

tmac's picture

More bloated than Nicks recommend of Big Black, T-26?


Seriously, though:

Do it!

Which seems almost restrained compared to the other examples.

russellm's picture

Might as well through my fattest one in there too.


Form Function's picture

Thanks for all the suggestions! A lot of cool things one can use for other projects.

Sutturah was very nice, but a little too legible.
Leyton was good. A bloated version of that would be nice – Leyton with a snake bite!

So what I want is something bloated. Almost impossible to read - like a hippo without feet - like a drop of water suspended in weightlessness - like a soap bubble being taken away by the wind.

5star's picture

Adobe Illustrator can bloat stroke any font to heart's content.

Abuse it like you know how.


oobimichael's picture

Okay... how about Blou by Fontfabric:

J Weltin's picture

Two more suggestions: for one, there is the modular Coma, as far as i know also available in a slightly rounded version.
And the slightly organic/modular Assai.

oobimichael's picture

One last idea: Daisy by Ludwig Type:

phrostbyte64's picture

My apologies for self promotion. Not really organic though...


Form Function's picture

Thanks for all the replies, but none, 'sept for maybe Layton and one more was almost there. I don't want sharp edges. Again - soap bubbles/legless hippo/last mint/drop of water suspended in weightlessness. Like a really fat person/animal/lump of meat.

To all you shameless self promotors, I appreciate the suggestions, but they don't really fit my criteria. So your gesture is more one of self promoting than helping me finding something relevant, which is what I hoped for when asking your help.

Thanks to all though. I appreciate more suggestions, and if I find something relevant myself (which is harder than I thought) I will post it here.

Chris Dean's picture

@Form Function: Welcome to Typophile. Can you tell us a bit more about your context? It may provide people with greater insight, and allow them provide you with more informed recommendations (and prevent random shots across the bow). It may even be possible that the solution lies in the treatment of the type, and not it’s selection.

An example an old professor used to illustrate this point was a client asking a designer to build a door. They spent days talking about blue doors, green doors, screen doors, french doors, sliding doors, rotating doors &c. After several failed attempts, the designer asked the client “Why do you want a door?” The client replied “So I can provide my guests with privacy.” The designer replied “Oh, well if what you want is privacy, there are many things other than a door we can do for that. A bent hallway or flight of stairs to obfuscate view, sound dampening walls, a guest house &c. By identifying privacy, a whole new set of solutions presented themselves. If memory serves, this was from a lecture on the role of rhetoric and semiotics in the design process.

My father used to use a medical analogy: “Don’t tell me what kind of treatment you want, just tell me where it hurts.”

It has also been my experience that members tend to get more feedback if they use their real names as their screen names. It used to be somewhat of a convention.

And remember: May the fonts be with you™.

hrant's picture

your gesture is more one of self promoting

This is clearly not fair. Virtually everybody here who suggests their own work is making a sincere effort to help. They can't read your mind, plus you should be open to being exposed to solutions you weren't thinking of.


phrostbyte64's picture

This is the best I could find..

My apologies and best of luck.

5star's picture


Karl Stange's picture

@Neil, that is a great figure (for lack of a better description), I particularly like the head, which feels like it is in motion. Do you have your site/identity ready to go yet?

Sorry for going off topic. Back on thread, if you can't find what you need from the variety of great suggestions here you should start teaching yourself how to make fonts. It will focus your mind and keep you out of (certain kinds of) trouble!

5star's picture

Neil, that is a great figure (for lack of a better description), I particularly like the head, which feels like it is in motion. Do you have your site/identity ready to go yet?

Karl, thanks so much for your comment!

It only took about twenty years for me to find that figure I always admired guys like Dondi, Haring, Basquiat, et al, who could create a coolio stick figure almost as a second nature of expression. So natch I wanted to create my own. It's more of a squiggle man than a stick man but hey I'll take it :)!!

And what I really dig most about the figure is it's my name/signature.

The feet form an /N/ and up from there is the rest of my first name. The head is a /C/ and the rest of my last name down from there. So the mark doubles as a gestural figure and as my signature. I've snuck it into a couple of important graphics as a main feature ...hehe. It's gestural qualities and figural relationship compliment a manufactured element(s).

And thanks also for asking about my identity ready to go yet ... I'll have it ready sometime during the Spring ...long time coming.

Form Function, you still here???

Have you found a satisfactory thump of plump???


HVB's picture

Take a look at "Clipper" on this page:

Form Function's picture

Hi. No I've not found a good font, but no matter, the project went in another direction. Your "Eat Fat" font is the closest thing I've seen till now though, so thanks for that.

@Chris Dean.
Thanks for a well written reply.
For this particular project there were no need for context to chose a font. I needed it for a very specific use, and I felt that the keywords I gave were descriptive enough by far.
Your professors example is a good one, and I try my best to think like this in my process.
Real name? Yes, I guess you are right. I will think about it.

I know that I came across as rude when I said that, but I do not think you are right. Read my descriptions, and then look at some of the examples. They are not even close to what I asked for. But then again, I do feel a little like an asshole when saying this. I think you're right when you say that people are just trying to help, I just don't think that their effort was completely thought through. Their enthusiasm for showing their own work trumped my wishes.

Again, I do understand that I come across as an asshole, but I do think I'm right. But I do like a discussion, and I'm prone to change my mind if I'm convinced I'm wrong, so feel free to argue why I am.

5star's picture

Hi. No I've not found a good font, but no matter, the project went in another direction. Your "Eat Fat" font is the closest thing I've seen till now though, so thanks for that.

Hi. No probs glad to give it a fat chance.

The letter shapes were done by stroking a skinny old normal sans serif font (one with slightly rounded corners) in Illustrator. I tried applying the same technique to a slab serif and the result was just as much a splat of fat except it had square corners. To apply a stroke and maintain the letter shape characteristics just use the drop down menu in the Appearance palette. Select Add Stroke (I think that's what it known as) and make sure to arrange the Stroke layer below the Type layer in the layer stack of the Appearance palette.

To bad your project went in another direction.


timd's picture

Bolda Display possibly – not too sure about the S though.


Alter Littera's picture

No fatter than Canada Type's Bigfoot:

Form Function's picture

Thanks for the advice :) I'm quite experienced with Illustrator, and do know of this option. It does give a certain result, but it does not deliver the degree of sophistication I was hoping for.

This is a great tip, and we're getting very close to what I was looking for. A beautiful fat font with a touch of sensitivity. Too bad it doesn't have upper case, though.

@Alter Littera
Except for being so square, the Bigfoot contains many o the qualities of what I'm looking for.

But what I was looking for was something that was more bloated. Bursting at the seams.

The hunt continues! (I can't give up just because I don't need it anymore) :)

hrant's picture

I just remembered this:


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