Fonts that Work with ASCII Text Art

Making ASCII Art with Fixed Width, Sans-Serif Fonts.

I’ve been making ASCII art since 1998. I’m a great fan of the¬†FixedSys¬†font. It is a monospace font which works very well for illustrating with text. The individual characters are plain and straight up and down, without many flourishes. (Plain fonts, without flourishes are called sans-serif).… Read the rest

FAQ from

This domain ( is for sale. I copied their ASCII Art FAQ. It may be repeated from information on Wikipedia, but it’s worth keeping around.

Ascii Art Information

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII).… Read the rest

Make Your Own Font

I found FontForge which is a free and open source font editor. You can use it to make your own fonts. My favourite font for ASCII art is FixedSys, the one which comes with MS Notepad. It is thick/ bold so easy to view as I’m making something new or for capturing screenshots to share what I finish making.… Read the rest

Finding the Fixed Sys Font

Once upon a time when I made ASCII Art, I was a great fan of the FixedSys font. It is a monospace font which works very well for illustrating with text. However, in my Windows Vista computer the FixedSys font is missing. I looked for it, tried other options, but was not happy. So I went online to see what people were writing about it.… Read the rest