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Font: Old Cupboard

Behold! A new thing! Old Cupboard is an OpenType Font made by hand in the style of EB Garamond. It takes advantage of an OpenType feature that allows glyphs to swap conditionally, giving the font an appearance of being handwritten while not repeating the same characters over and over!

Old Cupboard is free and released under the OFL, meaning you can use it for your commercial projects if you think it’s a match. You can download it for free right here. This font is freely available to download and use, even for commercial purposes, but you are welcome to throw a buck or two via PayPal to the guy who made it.

How To Install!

Download the zip file and extract the font file to somewhere safe, then double click it to install. Very simple. If you plan to make a derivative version of this font or use it commercially—that’s fine!—but please read the included license.

How To Use!

Old Cupboard is a display font, which means it’s best used for titles and headers. You will want to adjust the kerning (the space between letters) and word spacing, but after some toying around you should have something very cozy and warm to look at. This font is a hand-written version of EB Garamond by Octavio Pardo and Georg Duffner and pairs very nice with that great font, but you’ll find that it doesn’t pair so nicely with sans serif fonts. It also works fantastically as dropped capital letters, leading into a paragraph!

How It Works!

OpenType Fonts have a clever ability to sort of appear random. It isn’t true randomness, but it is close to it. This font uses something called conditional swapping: the font will read what you’re typing as you type it and alter the characters to appear more handwritten using a variety of character alternatives. It isn’t perfect, though, and you will from time to time have repeated characters and numbers but it is a much nicer alternative to hand-written fonts that do not swap characters.

The drawback to the semi-randomness is that it is more or less set in stone; you will begin to notice certain combinations repeating themselves.


There are several! For example you might type VV and get VV, or even ][ to get ][, and typing 0/0 will earn you 0/0, as well as several others that will appear naturally as you type. Clever people will probably figure out how to make the c.o.n.e. ligature as well.

{ 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 }


Want to use Old Cupboard on your website? Okie dokie! You will need to download the webfont package, upload them to wherever your website roams, and add the following lines to your style.css file while changing the /fonts/ part to the file path you use:

@font-face {
font-family: 'Old Cupboard';
src: url('/fonts/OldCupboard.eot');
src: url('/fonts/OldCupboard.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),
url('/fonts/OldCupboard.woff2') format('woff2'),
url('/fonts/OldCupboard.woff') format('woff'),
url('/fonts/OldCupboard.ttf') format('truetype'),
url('/fonts/OldCupboard.svg#Old Cupboard') format('svg');

Get the web ready package here:

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