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They found Prince's original Love Symbol font, and here's how to use it

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Posted 3rd May 2016 at 12:19 PM by dealers

Hey y'all,

Here is a little interesting history on Prince's glyph known as “The Love Symbol.” The Legend of Prince's Special Custom-Font Symbol Floppy Disks
"The Love Symbol proved frustrating for people who wanted to both speak and write about Prince. Writers, editors, and layout designers at magazines and newspapers wouldn’t be able to type the actual name of the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. So Prince did the only thing you could do in that situation: He had a custom-designed font distributed to news outlets on a floppy disk."
Mike Wehner, the author of the article linked below, stumbled across the original version of the Prince symbol font install file hidden in a surprise place: the Prince Interactive game software that was released way back in 1994.
"Prince Interactive was a adventure game hybrid in a similar vein to David Bowie's ultra-obscure BowieWorld. It was a point-and-click exploration simulation where you could walk around, look at strange puzzles and art, and immerse yourself in a virtual Prince paradise. It also came with an album of unreleased tracks and an interview.

The game itself is long since obsolete, and unplayable on any modern computer without some funky emulation tricks. But tucked away in the software files is a folder labeled simply "FONTS." "
Now you can Prince's original Love Symbol, perfectly preserved from 1994.

The font looks normal except for the capital "S" which is where you find the the Love Symbol. In the image below, I messed around with Photoshop to make this version of the "Love Symbol". I found another cool article and a useable font file here:

Go have some fun from this, one of many gifts Prince left us...

- Rick
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