Tom Murphy gives away his cool and fun fonts freely on his website.
Why? “…because I would be making fonts regardless of whether I was distributing them or not, and because I know that people benefit from the fact that I give them away. I take enough stuff for free and it makes me feel good to know that I am 'giving back'.”
How great is that attitude? I couldn’t have put it better myself. This is exactly why I give away my photos freely on stock.xchng.
He obviously enjoys what he does. And that spirit of authentic creativity comes through in the work. There is a sense of realness, honesty and non-pretension that is refreshing in the world of “let’s make the stuff that makes me more money now”.
Don’t forget to check out his great Illustrated Notes from Computer Science.