Medieval Fonts and Art

Medieval Fonts and Art

Click any font to see a larger sample.             he Middle Ages saw calligraphy and book decoration emerge as significant art forms. The demands of church and government administration as well as the birth of popular literature created a huge demand for written documents. Decorative manuscripts began to become popular with a wider audience, courts …


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Graffiti Tag Fonts Collection

Graffiti Tag Fonts Collection

The cutting edge of contemporary calligraphy is on the back alleys, traincars and abandoned buildings of the cities of the world in the form of graffiti. Graffiti has evolved beyond crude drawings and “Kilroy is here” to become a serious art form, both as images and as lettering.  There are numerous distinctive calligraphic styles, elaborative decorative letterijng and often associated …


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Lenore: A New Art Nouveau Font

Lenore: A New Art Nouveau Font

BUY NOW   Lenore is based on samples of lettering from an American history textbook from the early 1900s.  Admittedly that’s a bizarre place to find Art Nouveau lettering but it shows the interesting dissemination of artistic movements. It makes an interesting display or title font and has a complete character set with variant characters on many of the lowercase …


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Louis Rhead Borders Mini-Package

Louis Rhead Borders Mini-Package

This is a special collection of borders (and three illustrations) drawn by Louis Rhead for William Morris’ translation of The History of Oversea. These are striking borders in Rhead’s unique art nouveau style, well suited to various adaptations. The collection contains 13 borders and 3 illustrations, the complete decorations from this short classic. You can see a selection of the …


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Louis Rhead Floral Borders

Louis Rhead Floral Borders

At the start of the previous century the Louis Rhead and his brothers (George and Frederick) were leading figures in the American Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movement, particularly Louis. He was heavily influenced by William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites and is best known for his unique book design in large folio works like his Pilgrim’s Progress and Idylls …


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Featured Font: Andrano

Featured Font: Andrano

Once again I have fallen under the influence of my fashion conscious teenage daughter, who tells me that I absolutely must produce more “shabby chic” fonts like the trendy scrapbookers and hip fashion label designers use. On showing her examples this turns out to mean more circus style fonts with wide ascenders and decoration. We did this dance once before …


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Covid-19: A Viral Font

Covid-19: A Viral Font

BUY NOW             Covid-19 is the font of the hour.  Any really trendy disease needs a stylish font to embody its essence and help it build a following.  Who could forget the classic gothic branding of the Black Death font or the unique skeletal style of the Rickets font? Like those classics we feel confident …


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Fonts for eBooks

Fonts for eBooks

  More and more literature – newspapers to magazines to novels and even comic books – is being consumed primarily in digital format.  People are using iPads and Kindles and even smartphones to read what they used to read on paper.  There have even been studies that suggest that people are actually reading more than they used to because of …


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Dorothy Q – A Howard Pyle Calligraphy Font

Dorothy Q – A Howard Pyle Calligraphy Font

BUY NOW       Dorothy Q is our fourth font based on calligraphy by legendary illustrator Howard Pyle.  It joins our Buccaneer, Pyle Initials and Pyle Gothic fonts to form a sort of a set. We also have an extensive collection of Pyle images available. Dorothy Q is based on lettering Pyle did for a historical memoir and poem …


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Ornamental Borders by George Wharton Edwards

The Victorian tradition of coupling bad literature with great art and decoration has been a rich source of material for us. We found another resource in this tradition in the book A Checked Love Affair written (badly) by Paul Leicester Ford, with some unremarkable illustrations from Harrison Fisher (whose work is showcased in our American Beauties package), but redeemed by …


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Romantic Fonts and Art for Valentines Day

Romantic Fonts and Art for Valentines Day

We’ve got a font package for just about every other holiday, so it seemed impossible to resist putting together a collection of fonts specifically for the romantic themes of Valentines Day.  Once we’d settled on the idea it was inevitable that we also include a selection of romantic art by Eleanor Brickdale which is just perfect for making decorative Valentines …


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Falmouth Font

Falmouth Font

This Falmouth font is named after a seaport in romantic Cornwall. Falmouth is an Art Deco style font with some characteristics in common with fonts from our Art Nouveau package and our Modern and Futuristic font packages. It even resonates with Artys & Crafts fonts like Semiramis and Advertising Gothic. It’s heavy and stylized and includes drop-initial variants of the …


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The Fonts of 2019

The Fonts of 2019

Every year we release a number of new fonts, and at the start of the next year we collect them all together and release them as a collection at a great discount price. That time has come again. 2019 was not our most productive year, but we did release 15 new fonts and some of them are very interesting. These …


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Hotel Gassner – German Art Nouveau Font

Hotel Gassner – German Art Nouveau Font

BUY NOW   Hotel Gassner is a font based on the lettering on a poster for a Munich hotel, restaurant and cafe from 1906. It was a popular enough venue that a huge new hotel was built with the same name in the late 1900s. The font includes a full upper case character set plus small caps and punctuation. It’s …


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Sketchy – A New Graffiti Font

Sketchy – A New Graffiti Font

BUY NOW       As you can see from the accompanying graphic, which is a weird collage of burlesque kitsch and paranoid constructivism, Sketchy is a pretty unusual font. It is based on hand lettered graffiti samples from the 1980s, just the kind of thing you would find in xeroxed collage-style punk-rock club posters. Sketchyhas includes a full upper …


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Walter Crane Initials and Ornaments

It has taken a lot of hours of development, but we finally have our promised Walter Crane Initials font. Or should I say FOUR fonts, because in the process of developing the font it turned out that we ended up with more than we bargained for. One reason that there are four fonts is that there was so much material …


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