Monks™ Available for Home or Office Installation

Monks™ Available for Home or Office Installation

Through an arrangement with Abbot Gregor of the Monastery of St. Ioan in Suceava Rumania we are proud to finally be able to offer direct, personal Scriptorium services. For a small fee we can now replace your current laser or inkjet printer with a genuine Monk™ (similar to the one pictured below) fully trained in Greek, Latin and Hebrew transcription …


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Old Films on Printing

There are all sorts of peculiar things on YouTube, and recently my daughter directed me to the first in what turned out to be a treasure-trove of old educational films about printing and related retro technology. The three short films which I picked out to share here are from the 1940s and early 1950s. The first provides an informative overview …


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Try the Scriptorium Mobile App

It seems sort of counterintuitive to view fonts and graphics on a smartphone, but if we’re doing this site right, there’s a lot more to the content than just the fonts and images you download. It ought to be a good read and a useful reference source as well. Plus smartphone apps are all the rage and I like the …


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Rudolph Koch Floral Initials

f you wonder where all of our fonts and art come from, we spend a lot of time researching rare books and other sources for the images on which many of them are based. We look for works of historic calligraphy and antique type sample books and classic illustrated works. The research is a big part of what we do …


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Cochin Archaic in True Grit

After enjoying a couple of hours watching the recent remake of the classic western True Grit, I was pleasantly surprised to see what was unmistakably our Cochin Archaic font appear in the ending titles accompanied by a couple of other fonts which may have been ours as well, but were more difficult to identify. Cochin Archaic was unmistakable because it …


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2010: A Year in Fonts

In 2010 we released 18 new fonts, a tad short of our ideal goal of 24, but a pretty respectable output considering the work involved. 7 were new and original designs. 6 were adaptations of vintage hand lettering. 5 were based on antique type. So far the best seller of the lot has been Ormandine, followed closely by Big Blok …


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Custom Font Design

If you visit this site, the first thing you see is a great many fonts. That makes sense since we’re primarily in the font business, despite dabbling in antique art and other design resources. Seeing all these fonts, it may be a mystery where they come from. Clearly some are based on identifiable sources like historic calligraphy, vintage typefaces and …


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Happy Holidays!

Fonts featured in this card (in order) Crane Gothic, St. Nicholas and Vambrace. The background art is by Kay Nielsen.


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Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin


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Design Your Own Holiday Cards

With the right fonts and the right art, most computer users should be able to make their own holiday cards at a reasonable price, of a quality equal to most professional cards, and with unique personal touches you can’t buy in a store. To start with, you will need some inexpensive and easily acquired items. You’ll need a good color …


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The Jugend Tarot Deck

I recently came upon a rare and unexpected discovery in one of my favorite rare book stores, a set of tarot-style playing cards issued as a bonus insert in the 1892 edition of the classic German Art Nouveau magazine Munchner Jugend. The card set was designed by Julius Diez and features woodcut-style images with color highlights in red, green and …


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Political Signs: the Bold and the Baffling

In the next few weeks we’re all going to see an awful lot of political signs. Every candidate has them, from the lowliest office to the highest in the land, and based on the variety of designs there’s no absolute consensus on what makes one effective. I’ve thought about this before. I’ve even designed quite a few fonts specifically for …


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