Halloween T-Shirt Designs

Halloween T-Shirt Designs

Over a period of five years, from 2002 to 2006 I contributed to the Halloween festival at my daughter’s school (St. Francis School in Austin, Texas) by designing custom t-shirts to promote the event. They weren’t the most sophisticated designs in the world, but were well suited to screen printing and hit on essential seasonal themes. They also make good …


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Daniel Martin Diaz and the Lowbrow Tarot

I started out researching some posters I’ve collected from shows at various Austin theaters over the past few months and then I got to riffing through google and chanced into something interesting, the Lowbrow Tarot project, a showcase for 23 illustrators and designers. What particularly caught my eye was the card back designed by Daniel Martin Diaz. It is exactly …


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Our Recent Run-In with Google

As some of you may have noticed, this site was shut down for 2 days last week, along with a variety of sites we host on this same server for local charities and friends. This happened as a result of a short line of code inserted in a comment to a post on the


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Licensing Fonts for Embedding

While most of our business remains selling fonts for use in publication and graphic design, a growing market for stylish fonts is in the production of sophisticated digital applications for computers and increasingly for other platforms like console games and even smartphones. Fonts for use in these applications are usually embedded, either as part of a Flash animation or application …


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Ken Featherston Posters from the Armadillo

This past weekend I attended an auction here in our little town just outside Austin. I was there to help work concessions, but as sometimes happens I also found something interesting to bid on. This time I hit the motherload. In among a variety of the usual household goods from someone’s estate was an envelope stuffed with classic show posters …


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Robin Hood and the Fallacy of Gilding the Lilly

There’s a strange tradition in book publishing which compels editors to decide periodically that a classic illustrated book needs to be reinvented and illustrated by a new artist to appeal to a contemporary audience. This decision is usually driven by the belief that you can sell more books if you can pass them off as worthy of purchase because of …


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Letterpress Printing I: Project Research

I have a commission to do an event poster for a festival coming up this fall. Rather than do the obvious and design it on the computer and then print it by any of the obvious high-tech methods, I thought I would look into what it would take to set up a homemade letterpress printing press and print the posters …


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Hatch Show Print Exhibit in Austin

Austin Museum of Art for a month to see the Hatch Show Print exhibit. It’s a collection of historical posters from one of the most famous poster printers in the world. Hatch has been producing show posters since the 19th century and is still printing using traditional letterpress and hand-cut woodblock art. Their posters are iconic in the history of …


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Pick Our Next New Font Release

Decisions, decisions… We always have a number of fonts in development and the next hardest job after picking the right name is deciding which font to focus on and finish first. I thought it might be fun to get some input and let our fans and customers decide which font should be our next new release. So here’s a poll …


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Review: Flatstock 24 at SXSW

As an Austinite, no amount of effort can keep me from being aware of the South by Southwest festival.  It takes over the city for almost two weeks, makes travel impossible, and fills every coffee shop with unkempt hipsters with man-purses and Zach Galifianakis beards. I manage to avoid most of the activities, mainly because I can't see paying thousands …


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Hamilton Wood Type Museum at Atlas Obscura

My daughter recently directed my attention to a fascinating site called Atlas Obscura which is a collection of articles on interesting phenomena and unique and unusual places and works of art. The first thing which caught my eye was an article on a fascinating giant sculpture installation in Wisconsin called Dr.Evermore’s Forevertron which is a kind of post-industrial steampunk playground …


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James Blaylock – The Ebb Tide

James Blaylock has not been a prolific author in recent years, but with the release of Knights of the Cornerstone earlier this year, followed by the recent release of The Ebb Tide a new Langdon St. Ives short novel, he’s doing his best to make up for lost time. Blaylock is the progenitor of the Steampunk movement in literature and …


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