Start Your Collection With the Basic Fonts

Start Your Collection With the Basic Fonts

Click any font to see a larger sample. You have to start building your font library somewhere, and where better to start than with our Basic Fonts Collection. It’s a great introduction to our wide variety of fonts at a very reasonable price. It lets you get a great set of versatile fonts which represents every aspect of our collection …


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In Development: Crane Initials Font

One of our upcoming fonts is the result of an interesting project, developing original initials based on designs by Walter Crane. We recently acquired an obscure edition of French tales of Reynard the Fox illustrated by Crane with a series of square black and white illustrations of forest animals. They were just the right size and shape for the backgrounds …


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Recreating the Django Font

Since there seemed to be some real interest in seeing a fully developed font similar to the one used for the titles for the new Tarantino movie Django Unchained, I decided to take it on as a project. This kind of project always involves a lot of research, and in the process I learned more about Django than I ever …


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Making Maps with the MapMaker Package

This is a step by step guide to designing a small map using the elements and fonts of the MapMaker package. This tutorial was done using Adobe Photoshop, but the same tools and commands are available in every good graphics program, including less expensive ones like PaintShopPro and ColorIt. To start your map off, use the text tool to type …


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Children of the Damned

With Halloween looming, thoughts naturally turn to issues of horror and to classic horror films, particularly the creative title design and unique lettering which some of these classics feature in their titles, but even more especially in their preview trailers. YouTube is a great resource for these trailers, including many for films which are themselves very hard to find. Trailers …


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Desktop Publishing on a Budget

Our customers include a lot of novices in the area of graphic design who may not be well prepared to work with images and fonts effectively and often lack basic software appropriate for desktop publishing and graphic design.  Everyone seems to have Microsoft Word, but it just doesn’t do the job when it comes to even fairly simple integration of …


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Fun With Typeshow

One of the amusing things about Typeshow, our new font preview tool, is that it logs what people type in as their sample text. This provides an interesting insight into how it is being used and the personalities of the users. The number one thing people seem to want a sample of is their name – in every possible typeface. …


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Winning Votes with the Right Visual Cues

It’s election season again and as some of you may remember, I’m a student of political signage. I wrote an article two years ago on political sign design which got a lot of attention and got me interviewed by the New York Times. One of my theories in that article was that there were certain color combinations and stylistic elements …


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Vintage Postcards at Voices West

While working on a design project for a local group here in Texas I ran across an interesting website with a really unusual collection of images of vintage postcards. Vintage postcards in general have always been an interest, but this collection is unusual because the cards are selected on an unusual basis. They’re all postcards which include the lyrics of …


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WWI Propaganda Posters

I hope readers don’t find it tedious, but my mind tends to run in certain courses and right now everything seems to be coming up propaganda posters, particularly from the World War I era. After the recent pieces on the work of Alexander Rodchenko and the early soviet constructivists, my mind – which is sort of like an organic version …


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Review: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Capitalizing on newfound popularity resulting from the use of his novel On Stranger Tides (featuring our Queensland font on the cover of the original edition) as the basis of the most recent movie in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, Tim Powers has released his first new novel in several years, Hide Me Among the Graves. It is a quasi-sequel …


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How Captain Kidd Was Designed

This article originally appeared on our site as a seven-part series of featured articles in 2004.  It was recently recovered from an archive and is presented here as a complete article for the first time. PART I Sometimes when I’m working on new fonts I like to have a classic movie in the background. Recently one of the movies I …


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Better Font Choices for the Holidays

You’re not going to use Helvetica or Times Roman for your holiday cards are you? What could be more generic or empty? The holidays need style, panache and a personal touch. You need fonts for cards and family newsletters which weren’t picked by a committee at Microsoft. So here are some fun and stylish suggestions. First off, any holiday card …


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Clara Peck Lettering in The Prince of Mercuria

I recently picked up a copy of the novel The Prince of Mercuria by Atkinson Kimball with illustrations by Clara Elsene Peck.  When I saw it online I figured I had to have it to add to my collection of Peck-illustrated books, particularly because it has a particularly good set of samples of her calligraphy. The novel is a reasonably …


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Font Over-Exposure: Too Much of a Good Thing

Have you ever noticed that there are some fonts that get used over and over and over again until you start to wonder why anyone would use that font you just saw on 3 software boxes, 4 book covers and 2 movie titles in the last week on yet another product or ad? I’m not talking about relatively generic text …


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Mining Horror Comics for Font Ideas

I’m always mining the great graphic legacy of past eras for cool resources to use as the basis for fonts, and while I more typically go to antique sources, there’s a lot of great material to be found in the relatively recent past in vintage products of popular art like the covers and artistic content of pop novels and comic …


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