SLM - an IRC banner typeface

SLM is a free OpenType font based on multi-line text banners that were popular on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) in the 1990s and early 2000s.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789 ?!"'` :;,. +-*\=/ $£ %&@#()[]{}^

The letterforms are based on ones used in IRC channels in the 1990s. The word 'SLM', rendered in this font - usually in bright colours - was a common greeting pasted into the chat by Turkish IRC users. The greeting was later adopted ironically by some English-speaking users.

In 1999, I extended the font to create a full character set. While at university in the early 2000s, I wrote an app for designing IRC banners, called SLM Studio (later IRC Paint), which made use of this font. To create the OpenType typeface, I imported the letterforms from IRC Paint into Adobe Illustrator, and converted them with FontSelf.

I am now gifting this precious item to the world under the WTFPL 2.0 licence.