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  • The  Bamum Scripts and Archives Project (BSAP) has commissioned the design and script engineering of an official Bamum font for general use.

    The BSAP identified the needed characters and styles by examining relevant existing manuscripts and interacting with the Bamum literates and calligraphers. Jason Glavy then designed a font family with several variants: JG Bamum Arial, JG Bamum Calligraphic, and JG Bamum Courier.

    The fonts are currently unavailable but will be hopefully re-hosted soon.

    LinkBamum font

    Jason Glavy, 2003, personal website (retrieved from wayback machine)

    Copyright© 2003 Bamum Scripts and Archives Project
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    Taken from  The Wayback Machine

    'Note: The fonts on this page were created by me, Jason Glavy. I own the copyright. In reality, if you take them an use them for whatever purpose you wish, there isn't much I can do to stop you. I could ask you to send me money, but better than that, if you found these fonts of use, please give money to your local Church/Synagogue/Temple. If you aren't religious, then buy a homeless person some food. If you can't manage that, then just be nice to someone who you wouldn't normally be nice to, but if you want to use these fonts in a money making venture, you must get my permission first.'

    ContributorNicolas Spalinger
  • The Studio for Transcultural Design in Vienna has produced a "Classic African" set of fonts which includes the Loma, Bamum, Vai, and Ethiopic scripts. The set is available to purchase for USD 339.00.

    LinkClassic African Fonts
    CopyrightNot indicated
    LicenseUse, study, modification and redistribution allowed - see details below

    Use of this font requires the purchase of a license.

    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Google has been developing a font family called Noto, which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel. Noto is Google’s answer to tofu. The name Noto is to convey the idea that Google’s goal is to see “no more tofu” (tofu being the nickname for the small square boxes displayed when characters are missing from a font). Noto has multiple styles and weights, and is freely available to all.

    LinkGoogle Noto Fonts download
    CopyrightCopyright Google Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorLorna Evans
  • Jason Glavy has been working on updating a legacy font to map to the Unicode codepoints.


    Personal correspondence with Charles Riley

    ContributorScriptSource Staff



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