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Summer Single Font Sale

saleadAs the blazing heat of and Summer begins in earnest, what could be a better deal than a sale on single fonts to start the new season?

For two weeks, through July 10th, if you place an order for an assortment of single fonts of your choice, the more you order the bigger the discount, as listed below. Your savings can be up to 50% off if you order enough fonts.

This is the best sale on single fonts we’ve ever had.

2-4 Single Fonts – 20% Off – use code ALPHA
5-7 Single Fonts – 30% Off – use code BETA
8-10 Single Fonts – 40% Off – use code GAMMA
11+ Single Fonts – 50% Off – use code DELTA

All you do is enter the code appropriate for the number of fonts you’re ordering while you’re checking out in our online store and it will give you the appropriate discount.

The discount applies to any fonts in our ONLINE STORE and there’s no top limit to the number of fonts you can order at the 50% discount rate.

To see a sample of any font use TYPESHOW

Arabian Nights Fonts and Art Package

Click any font to see a larger sample:

The culture of the east entices and allures. From the stony walls of Petra to the fabled spires of ancient Samarkand, the the legend of the great days of Caliphs, Wazirs and brave adventurers outshines the modern era of oil and petty tyrrany. Who would not trade a dozen Saddam Husseins for a single Al Hakim or Saladin? The visual style of Middle Eastern culture has intrigued artists for years and we’ve gathered some remarkable images to give you access to this great tradition.

Our Arabian Nights collection focuses on the visual arts of the ancient and legendary Middle East, including historical source material and modern artistic interpretations of the arts and themes of the Arabian Nights. This includes a selection of new fonts which capture the spirit of the east, plus our extensive collection of rug patterns and beautiful art nouveau illustrations of tales from the Arabian Nights by Rene Bull, Louis Rhead, J. D. Batten and Edmund Dulac.

Our Arabian Nights collection has recently been expanded to include seven original fonts. Samaritan is based on the poster lettering of Alphons Mucha from his poster for the play La Samaritan. Serendib and Waziri are based on the hand lettering of Rene Bull from his edition of the Arabian Nights. Caliph is derived from Ernst Schneidler’s classic Legende font, with variant characters based on his original lettering. Samarkand is an art font which lets you combine characters in different ways to create skylines for an ancient Middle Eastern city. Satampra is a fantasy calligraphy font with a middle eastern theme.

The package also features a wealth of great illustrations, in both color and black and white. Edmund Dulac’s haunting fairytale illustrations bring to life the era of the late Ottoman Empire. Rene Bull’s fanciful art nouveau pictures explore the more humorous aspects of the Arabian Nights. Rhead and Batten provide simpler material in black and white suitable for coloring or decorative uses. All images are in high resolution and well suited to use in print, or for scaling down for web use, and our standard license provides reprint rights with very few limitations. There are over 50 illustrations included in the package.

As an added bonus we’ve also included a large selection of decorative Middle Eastern rug and tapestry designs. These are high-resolution images from great source material. They feature traditional designs and motifs ideal for creating new graphics and decorative images, including legendary rug patterns like the classic Sarouk, Tabriz and Farahan styles.

This special package is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows based computers and all of the fonts are in both PostScript and TrueType format. All of this is only $59, either through our toll-free number at 1-512-656-8011 or our Online Ordering System.

There’s no better way to give your designs the romance and mystery of the Middle East.

You can see quick samples of the fonts in the package on this page. As a special, immediate bonus, you can also try out the new Satampra font. Download the demo version by clicking on the image below.

Selected images:

In Memoriam: Hermann Zapf

“We are saddened by the death of legendary type designer Hermann Zapf at the age of 96. His classic fonts like Optima, Palatino and Zapf Chancery set the standard for type design for the 20th century. Zapf’s long career as designer and teacher was an inspiration to type designers around the world and made all of our lives a little more elegant. As a memorial we share the 1967 documentary The Art of Hermann Zapf

Featured Font: Barataria



Barataria is an elegant text and titling font with some unique features that really stand out for designing decorative logos with an elegant vintage look. It has a bit of a piratical look, a sort of more refined alternative to our Windlass font. This revised version features smoother outlines, numerous refinements, improved kerning and additional alternate characters.

quillinanIt came to mind recently when we needed a fonts for a custom logo design for a local estate jeweler.  It seemed to be the perfect combination of the antique and the sophisticated.

You can purchase and download the full and revised version of Barataria today, and get it for $5 off with the coupon code LAFITTE.

Pre-Raphaelite Art Collection

The Pre-Raphaelite movement emerged in the mid-1800s as an attempt to return art to its traditional styles and themes. While the Pre-Raphaelites did draw stylistically on Renaissance models, the movement soon developed its own unique style and philosophy, producing art which was traditional, yet uniquely new. An artistic Renaissance for its time.

The most prominent Pre-Raphaelites were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Edward Burne Jones, John Everett Millais and Lord Leighton. The movement also became closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement which arose in the same period, largely linked together by the collaborations of Arts & Crafts designer William Morris and Edward Burne Jones.

The style of the Pre-Raphaelites was characterized by an interest in classical and legendary themes, fascination with architectural elements and realistic drapery, and the use of models who fit a particular style and appearance, usually with thick, curly hair and voluptuous figures. The end result was a style which was realistic, yet fantastical, and ultimately had a strong influence on artists throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially illustrators like William Russell Flint and Eleanor Brickdale.

Our Pre-Raphaelite collection features selected images from the most prominent artists of the movement in high-resolution suitable for use in print. It includes some of the most well-recognized paintings like Millais’ The Knight Errant and Ophelia, Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix, Hunt’s Triumph of the Innocents and Burne-Jones portrait of Sidonia von Bork. This collection is unique, because the originals to these paintings are controlled by galleries which will not allow them to be reproduced. Our versions are taken from antique prints which they don’t control, so we can license you the right to use them within some simple limitations. As with all of our collections, the images are licensed to you for reprint or inclusion in other publications so long as you are not primarily reselling just the art itself.

Our new Pre-Raphaelite package is available at a special low price of only $49. It’s also available in discounted combination with our Morris package for $79. Both are best ordered on CD unless you have a very high speed internet connection. The high resolution of the art makes the collection take up a lot of disk space, which makes it ideal for distribution on CD.

The easiest way to get this package is to order it online. To order online, just CLICK HERE . Or for the combo with the Morris package just go to: COMBO. For info on the Morris package click on the image to the right. It’s also easy to order by phone at 1-512-656-8011.

If you like the Pre-Raphaelites you might also like the art of Eleanor Brickdale and Sir William Russell Flint. Just click here to check out their pages: FLINT BRICKDALE

New Font: Grand Concours



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



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.

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