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Mutilate your fonts with this amazing browser app

EnFont Terrible
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You can never have too many fonts, we've found, and just to complicate matters we've also found a fantastic new site that makes it absurdly easy to mutilate your existing type, turn it into whole new pieces of typographical joy and even create stunning kinetic typography (opens in new tab) in a matter of seconds.

It's called EnFont Terrible, which is by far the best pun you're going to hear this week, and it's the work of Spanish designer Javier Arce (opens in new tab). He claims that he doesn't really know about kerning or any of that complicated typography stuff, but decided to make his own type generation site anyway.

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If you can't be bothered with typography tutorials (opens in new tab), you'll be delighted to learn that EnFont Terrible is quite gloriously simple to use; either use the default fonts that come with it or upload your own, and by dragging a few sliders around you can warp and mutate it into something quite weird and wonderful in a matter of seconds, without having to know the first thing about typography.

Once you're happy with it, just hit the Create Font button in the bottom right-hand corner and you'll instantly save your mutant creation in OpenType format.

As a serious typographic tool it probably leaves a little to be desired, but as a fun way of mucking about with fonts it's very hard to beat, and with the right input fonts and a bit of experimentation you could quite easily grow a massively expanded font collection over the course of an afternoon.

Don't take our word for it, though; you can get to grips with EnFont Terrible's tools here (opens in new tab).

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.