September 30, 1996
Last Autumn, my friend Ruthi in upper New York, my friend Dave in Ontario, and I in Provo, UT, had an argument about fall leaves; the result was obvious -- Utah has the most spectacular leaves, mostly.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the deciduous trees near the timberline (or at least the ones pretty high up) began to change color, turning the mountain peaks a crimson orange. Then, slowly, the color began to move through the scrub oak down the mountains. Next week, the august Silver Maple in our neighbors yard will begin to drop its paper-like leaves, and the apple trees in our backyard will release its unpicked fruit, primed for apple pie.
ArborisFolium is a TrueType font, created by a couple who obviously spends too much time in the hills (or dreaming about being there). The font boasts 34 original drawings (68 total characters) by us (Lise and Andrew, though Lise drew most of them). We've tried to display a wide variety of leaves from both shrubs and trees; most of the foliage flourishes in the Rocky Mountain region. For the most part, we've stuck to single leaf examples from each type of tree (or bush), but there are exceptions: often, a single leaf would not do, since many are found only in clusters; we've also included some nuts.
These leaves are, on the whole, pretty darn good examples; a lot of work has gone into this baby. From its conception one and a half years ago, Lise and I have spent time selecting samples from separate botanical families and genera, penciling and inking the characters, scanning them, converting the work from TIFF to EPS with paths, cleaning up the lines and fixing splines, importing them to the font file, adjusting and recalculating bitmaps, cutting out the overlap, fixing the sizes of each character, futzing with the metrics, and so on. Most of the leaves print nicely from 8 to 151 points on a LaserWriter Select at 600 Dpi. (8 point is pretty darn small, however.)
Registration and Licensing Agreement
ArborisFoliumc is shareware. If you keep and use this font, please send $10.00 to Andrew D. Taylor @ 148 W. 1560 S. Orem, UT 84058 USA.
You can try this font out free for one week (please do not use in publications etc. during this week), after which if you continue to use the font, you accept the terms and should send me the $10.00. (If you are going to use the font in publications, the fee is $15 or more, if you can spare the change.)
If you are a registered user of one of my previous shareware fonts (AnimalTracks, Agathodaimon), the font is yours for $8.00. If you would like to register two fonts send $18.00. For all three, send $25.
(P.S. We are both starving students at the Brigham Young University, and need the dough.)
(P.P.S. If you don't send the shareware fee, I'll have big guys in black suits hunt you down.)
You may distribute this font, as long as you include all 4 of the files that it came with:
1.0 The original
The font ArborisFoliumc, and all of its accompanying files and icons are copyright 1996, by Andrew D. Taylor.
Andrew D. and Lise C. Taylor
148 W. 1560 S.
Orem, Ut. 84058