Art Fonts

Art fonts (sometimes called “dingbats”) have their origins in early printers ornaments or artistic marginalia used to fill space on a page and break up large blocks of type. Traditionally these ornaments took the form of floral or geometric designs, and were inserted when the page was set, just like letter type.

With current technology, art fonts are able to reproduce more complex images so they can also draw on the tradition of artists marginalia and other simple illustrations designed to accompany text. Marginalia perform a similar function to printers ornaments, but are usually more specialized and more characteristic of the work of a particular illustrator or the theme of the book in which they originate.

Traditionally most art fonts are fairly primitive, drawing on mostly functional themes, such as international sign symbols or recreating antique printers ornaments. But the medium of digital type is capable of much more, and we try to explore some of those possibilities with our art fonts. They go beyond the primitive concept of the “dingbat” and provide a more sophisticated range of small, versatile illustrations which will enhance
documents very effectively.

In exploring the potential of art fonts we owe a great debt to Arthur Rackham and some of the other artists who liberally decorated their books with marginal figures and scenes which are visually striking, yet simple enough to work well as characters in a typeface. Rackham was involved in every aspect of the production of many of the books on which he worked, and his role went well beyond the normal scope of the illustrator. He did so much decorative work on his books that we have 6 different fonts based on his marginalia.

We also have many of historically based art fonts, drawn from ancient images and decorative arts, including Roman tiles, Native American pottery painting and medieal heraldry, plus a selection of humorous and whimsical silhouettes.

All of our art fonts are available in both True Type and Postscript format for Macintosh and Windows computers. They can be purchased individually or in a special CD collection with more than 40 of our art fonts for $69.00.

single fonts and art font packages can be ordered online, by mail or by phone for delivery online or by mail. To order the complete art fonts package online go to our ONLINE STORE.

We’ve got a free sample art font for you to try out. It features selected characters from some of our most popular art fonts and you can download it for free. Click here to download the WINDOWS version which will also work on Macs running OSX.

Fonts in this collection. Click on name to see sample.
Ad Astra
Antique Borders
Caswallon Ornament
Celtic Borders
Dresser Rules
Junge Rules
Marseille Tarot
Medieval Tiles
Ornamental Borders
Owen Jones Celtic Borders
Page Rules
Rackham Holiday Ornament
Turkey Day

Related Posts

in: Art Collections, Collections, Featured · tagged: , , ,

63 comments on “Art Fonts

  1. I have read several excellent stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much attempt you set to create such a magnificent informative web site.

  2. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It if truth be told was once a enjoyment account it. Look advanced to far brought agreeable from you! However, how could we keep up a correspondence?

  3. I have discovered that costs for on-line degree authorities tend to be a fantastic value. Like a full College Degree in Communication from The University of Phoenix Online consists of Sixty credits at $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online offers a Bachelors of Business Administration with a complete course element of 180 units and a worth of $30,560. Online studying has made taking your education much simpler because you could earn your current degree in the comfort of your house and when you finish from office. Thanks for all other tips I have really learned from your website.

  4. Very interesting topic, regards for putting up.

  5. I’ve recently started a web site, the information you offer on this web site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.” by George Jean Nathan.

  6. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  7. Great, google took me stright here. thanks btw for post. Cheers!

  8. [Link deleted]- auto insurance quotes
    cheap car insurance
    cheap auto insurance

  9. [Link deleted]- online loans
    payday loans
    loans online

  10. I would like to point out my respect for your kind-heartedness for visitors who need assistance with the niche. Your very own commitment to passing the message all over had become quite practical and have really empowered people much like me to achieve their dreams. Your personal interesting guidelines indicates a great deal a person like me and further more to my peers. Thank you; from each one of us.

  11. I suggest the Lobster Burger at PYT. It’s tasty!

  12. I can explain to on your own took your period study the matter, Great do the job.

  13. I got what you mean , thanks for putting up.Woh I am happy to find this website through google. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.” by Steven Wright.

Leave a Reply

Solve : *
14 + 30 =