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surrounding__. by BigYellowBiohazard surrounding__. by BigYellowBiohazard
Based on/inspired by the previously non-existent text face used for Vespertine-era Björk merchandise.

Three weights:

Free for dA, commercial and non-commercial use.
Please credit me and send me a link to your work.


UPDATE (26/09/10)

Kismet is a strange and fickle beast.

A couple of weeks ago, completely by accident, I was trawling one of the many free font databases out there and stumbled on a font that looked A LOT like this one. I inspected the font and was further convinced of the similarities.

As I'd spoken to m/m paris, the design firm that handled the artwork for the Vespertine album, and was told that the fonts used for that artwork were not, nor would ever be, commercially available, I assumed that the offending font was a rip-off of mine. Naturally indignant, I immediately set out to inform all the sources of the font I could find that they were in breach of copyright. After contacting 20 or more sites, I found the naming metadata from one of the files, which stated that the font was created in 1991 (long before Vespertine was even dreamed of), and gave a name: Jim Pearson.

Now suspicious, I located Jim's site and found that the font - Brassfield - was one of several fonts that Jim designed between 1991 and 1994. Jim, it turns out, got there first.

I've contacted Jim but had no reply as yet, so I'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and point you to his site so that, if you wish to download Brassfield, you can.

Let me say that I did not plagiarise Jim's work - if you examine the two fonts closely, you will see that they are not the same. surrounding__. was created by eye alone, from a limited set of characters on printed media. I will, therefore, be leaving surrounding__. on dA, ribbed for your pleasure, but you all deserve to know the details of this strange and twisty tale.

See above for the updated license rules.

Jim Pearson: Amateur Typographer and founder of The One Bear Band.



Comments very, very welcome.
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Given 2008-09-08
surrounding__. by *BigYellowBiohazard is a simple and classic font free for use on dA and non-commercial projects. ( Suggested by BloodshotInk and Featured by LawrenceDeDark )
User1134 Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, Thank You This Is Amazing!!
now its working? weird, anyhow kool azz font G
cant download?
MartinSilvertant Mar 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
And after having said I think your font is ugly, I feel like I should elaborate. Technically your font looks quite proper. I just happen to dislike the style. What you did with the /g might make a cool design for display use, but it's really not good for a font. I also don't like the design of your /a. That Helvetica-like belly doesn't fit with the font. You should go for something more minimal. Something more like Univers. Your numbers are a bit too peculiar in my eyes, and I really don't like the design of G. Your W is too dark, and your M is also a tad too dark. a/e/g/r are a bit too dark as well. Where two or more strokes meet you get a dark spot, so you need to compensate for that. Dark spots are not necessarily bad though. If you want your typeface to look imperfect like a lead typeface of the old printing days, you might want to keep those dark spots.

Other characters, like B/P/R I do like a lot. These peculiar letters remind me of Gill Sans, which is also very peculiar. Your typeface is not perfect, but it does have the potential to be a great typeface like Gill Sans.
MartinSilvertant Mar 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I want to believe you, but one of you plagiarized the other for sure. I would even go further than that and say that one of you used the other's font and replaced a few characters. It's one thing that two fonts look the same, but as ugly as the font is (I'm sorry to say), almost all characters look EXACTLY the same. This absolutely can't be by chance because many characters are just too peculiar. If it were a very neutral typeface I wouldn't be surprised if many characters were alike by sheer chance, but in this case I can rule that out.

I closely inspected the Brassfield font on and I'm fairly sure that you're the original designer and despite the metadata you inspected, you have been plagiarized. I'm not 100% sure though. Let's go through my considerations. I checked both fonts for differences first. I noticed that only a few characters are different, like a/e/s/z/Q/? and most of the numbers. I then checked if these characters are consistent with the design of the typeface. In your case they are. In Brassfield's case they're not. For example, Brassfield's /z is not as sharp as yours. That in itself is not strange, but it is if you consider the sharp apex of /A. Also, the /a of Brassfield doesn't fit with the other letters; the bowl is too long and the top of the bowl is too thin. I can also see that the person who released Brassfield designs the /s like an amateur, as he didn't refine the spine after connecting two c-shapes to create the /s. Also, c/e have a diagonal cut of the terminal in Brassfield while the other letters have a horizontal cut. In your case, the /f and /j have a horizontal cut while all other letters have a diagonal cut. I do find your horizontal cut to be inconsistent, but it's more logical to do f/j different than it is to do c/e different and not use that diagonal cut anywhere else in the typeface. What's also peculiar is that Brassfield is missing characters you did design. So, either you made someone else's font more complete, or the other guy was too lazy or didn't know enough about character sets to make it complete. The other guy also just resized the C and R in the copyright and trademark symbols rather than actually designing these symbols.

In conclusion, I strongly suspect you are the original designer and you have been plagiarized. Don't trust metadata; there are always ways to edit that.

We are using your typeface at, how would you like us to credit you? If you click on the logo on the website, you will see our Facebook where your typeface has made it onto our shop sign. We would like to credit your typeface in as many places as possible.


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Dosis-Memory Jan 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
its so cool, and thanks so much for share.
ToqaKrachy Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks alot :D these are great
Loverdrive May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah, I knew this looked familiar! (Vespertine, not Pearson). Beautiful..., thanks!
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