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Memorial Day Sale

civilizationcallsMemorial Day is a great American tradition, recognizing the sacrifices made by those who have served our country in war and in peace. The tradition began during the Civil War as a day when flowers, flags and wreaths were placed on the graves of soldiers or on military memorials by relatives or by the community, an appropriate act of remembrance for their sacrifice.

But America is also the land of unabashed consumerism, so our other great tradition – perhaps less laudable – is the Memorial Day Sale. And who are we to deny this grand commercial tradition?

So just for three days, going through midnight on Monday, we’re offering a special sale. Use the coupon code MEMORIAL and you’ll receive 25% off of any purchase of $50 or more including an unlimited number of products and total value.

In addition, 10% of all sales during this period will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to help  with the special needs of wounded veterans..

New Font: Grand Concours

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Grand Concours is based on lettering designed for a poster for the equestrian competition which was held at the Paris Hippodrome starting in the 1920s.  The Grand Concours itself started in the 1860s, and is basically the French answer to an American rodeo.

The font is unusual and highly stylized in the art deco mode.  The upper case character set consists of outline versions of the characters designed to be overlaid as in the title in the example to the right. The font also includes a full set of numbers and punctuation.

You can try the DEMO version of Grand Concours for free. The demo version has a limited version of the character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24.

Political Fonts Package

It’s time for politics, with primaries coming up early next year for the presidential elections. That means that candidates and protesters and marching activists all need posters and we have the fonts to make them look good and draw the eye. Whether you’re standing outside a milk subsidies townhall or marching for ferret liberation or making posters for your campaign for Supreme Overlord of the Universe, these are the fonts you need.

The key to designing fonts for political posters is that they be highly readable from a distance, with good, clear open spaces and relatively bold lines. Most of the time you only want to use one or two fonts on a poster, but it’s good to have some variety to choose from. You want to have access to fonts which are unique so that your posters don’t look just like all the others, but they can’t be too unique because that will make you look peculiar. Most candidates aren’t running on the Freak Power Party ticket or the Feudal Monarchist ticket, so psychedelic fonts and medieval gothic fonts are right out. What you want are fonts which tread the fine line between the ubiquitous and the unique.

The package includes 10 specially selected fonts. These include both serif and sans serif fonts, extra bold fonts, some special narrowly customized fonts as well as two italic fonts stylistically compatible with the other fonts which are included. It also includes a special new image font called Campaign which features a nice selection of political images and emblems.

Madding, Aventine and Bastion are excellent for putting the name of a candidate in large letters in the middle of a poster. All three are hard to ignore and they offer a ncie set of choices. Albatross, Walsingham and Langhorne are well suited to smaller text for information about the candidate or slogans. Alexandrine and Atkinson Egyptian are there if you want something somewhat lighter and more open and Hamilton is a unique bold and narrow font if you need to fit a longer name in smaller space.

The Political Fonts package is available for order right away with immediate online delivery, or you can get it sent on CD the old fashioned way. You can also order any of the fonts individually from the Single Fonts section of our ordering site and you can order the full package HERE. The complete package is only $49.

True Golden Font from the Designs of William Morris

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True Golden is a classic font based on a design by legendary arts and crafts designer and author William Morris. It is a special rendering of Morris’ Golden type, based on printed samples rather than digitized steel type, preserving a more accurate representation of the look in print.

True Golden has been one of our most popular text fonts, with high readability but a somewhat traditional look that stands out for readers. The current version has custom bold and italic versions and extended foreign language characters.

You can purchase and download the full and revised version of True Golden today. It is also going to be included in our William Morris font and art collection.

William Morris Font and Art Collection


William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is probably best remembered for his fabric designs and his book designs for Kelmscott Press, especially their edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Kelmscott Chaucer, for which Morris designed all the fonts, borders and decorations and commissioned illustrations by pre-raphaelite master Edward Burne-Jones. He pioneered modern renderings of antique styles of type as well as the production of high-quality home furnishings, including the famous reclining Morris Chair. Morris left behind an enduring legacy of quality and creativity which will continue to inspire artists for years to come.

Our Morris collection includes an excellent selection of Morris’ fabric designs and patterns, plus a collection of original fonts based on his type designs for books published by the Kelmscott Press. We have recently augmented the collection with new fonts, new patterns and the addition of a large selection of decorative borders, emblems and initials.

Morris floral and leaf fabric patterns are excellent for use in web page design. They can be made into contiguous tiles for use as backgrounds on web pages. They also make excellent backdrops for decorative pages in print and great endpapers for books with a classic look. Each of the patterns in our Morris collection is a high-resolution image and suitable for use online or in print. Above you can see the original patterns from the collection. The new patterns added in the latest update are shown to the left.

The fonts featured in this collection are shown to the right. The first three are the original set, and the two in lighter green are our most recent additions. Morris Initials is based on initials done for the Kelmscott Chaucer. The second font is Kelmscott, based on Morris’ Troy type which was used to set many of his books. The third is True Golden, based on Morris’ Golden type which was also widely used in books from the Kelmscott Press. The first of the new fonts is Morris Black Letter, based on hand lettering Morris did as a prototype for what eventually developed into the Troy style. The second is Chaucerian Initials, based on the illuminated capitals in the Kelmscott edition of Chaucer’s works. The relationship between the text faces and the initials is clear to see, and they work very well in combination.

To the left you can see some samples of the newly added borders, frames and emblems from Morris’ edition of Chaucer. These include a wide variety of large and small floral borders as well as unusual initials which include complete words embedded in the decorations of the initial.

Like many of our collections, the Morris collection has now grown to the point where it is only available on CD. The complete collection is only $59. Our Morris collection is also available in a retail package ideal for sale in museums and bookstores. Send email for information on wholesale terms and availability. You can order the Morris collection for delivery online or by mail from our online store.

If you want to try out one of our Morris fonts, give Chaucerian Initials a try. The demo version is slightly different from the final version which is in the Morris package. You can download the True Type version which will work with Windows or MacOS right here.

Eastlake at the Texas Capitol

cap7I recently had an opportunity to visit the Texas Capitol building. It was very busy because the legislature was in session, lobbyists were skulking in the halls and student tours were everywhere. Despite the distractions I had an opportunity to observe and photograph some very impressive antique door hardware.

The Capitol was built in the 1880s, designed by Elijah E. Myers who also built the Michigan and Colorado Capitols. When it was completed in 1888 it was the height of the popularity of Eastlake designs, and not surprisingly, Eastlake brass fixtures are used throughout the building.  Some are standard designs, but there are also custom door handles, hinges and push plates, made with a special lone star theme unique to the capitol.

I took photos of all the fixtures I could find and they are presented here for you to check out.   We also have a interesting collection of Eastlake design resources available.

New Font: Power Tie

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powertiefbPower tie is based on a design for hand lettering from the 1930s.  It was originally done as a conceptual design for signage in a men’s haberdashery.  It is a handsome, muscular font in the Art Deco tradition.

It includes a full character set with numbers and punctuation, and a set if inverse initial characters as the uppercase character set.

You can try the DEMO version of Power Tie for free. The demo version has a limited version of the outline character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24.

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Classic Font: Magdelena

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Magdelena is one of our earliest and most successful calligraphic fonts. Based on samples of very late medieval lettering, it shows some characteristics of humanistic script styles as well as some unique peculiarities.

This new version has a slightly heavier weighting than the original version as well as cleaned up outlines and additional special characters.

You can purchase and download the full and revised version of Magdelena today. It is also going to be included in our Arthurian Fonts and Art collection.

W. Heath Robinson’s Illustrations for the Odyssey

W. Heath Robinson was an artist of the first half of the 20th century who started his career as a book illustrator and produced many fantasy and fairytale illustrations, including illustrating Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies. Later in his career he became a cartoonist producing humorous cartoons of fanciful weapons during the World Wars.

One of his little known works was a collection of illustrations for the Odyssey from the Told to the Children series of books. We have featured a illustrations from other books in the series by Katherine Cameron. We have collected Robinson’s Odyssey illustrations and are making them available as a mini-package of high-resolution digital reproductions licensed for you to use in your design projects. The whole set is only $5 and can be purchased in our ONLINE STORE and downloaded immediately.

If you want to see more Robinson art, check out his illustrations for Chaucer.
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