Using Flash Fonts on the Web

I wrote recently about the set of Web Fonts we had designed a few years ago. As noted in that article one of the major shortcomings of that solution to web typesetting is that the end user has to have the fonts installed on his sysem for it to work. Giving the fonts away for free is an awkward answer …


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Projects In Development

Here at the Scriptorium we’re constantly working on new projects, drawing on material in our remarkable library of antique books of illustration, design and typography and on original designs as well. At any time we have 3 to 5 projects in various stages of development, from scanning images to designing fonts, to assembling material to create new packages of fonts …


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Free Fonts for the Web

After a while using the web you get tired of seeing everything in the same old fonts. Since fonts are what we do here at the Scriptorium it seemed like our responsibility to do something to make the web look a bit more interesting. We’re putting out a series of free web fonts which we hope will bring your web …


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The Gargoyles of Penn

On our recent college tour one of the most interesting places we stopped was the University of Pennsylvania. It’s a campus steeped in history, and I expected to see old buildings and hear a lot about Benjamin Franklin. What I didn’t expect was to see one of the most remarkable selections of gargoyles I’ve seen outside of the gothic cathedrals …


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The Art of Howard David Johnson

Some years ago I had the pleasure of working on some publishing projects with Howard David Johnson a local Austin artist who I met through a mutual friend. He was a classically trained artist who was working as a studio photographer at the time and was interested in getting back into art. I was working as an editor and art …


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Giving Your Page a Favicon

You may have noticed that on many pages you visit there is a little icon to the left of the address line in your browser which is unique to that page. For example, this page has a little color decorative initial of an “S” in that spot. This is what’s called a favicon, and it’s a way of identifying your …


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Discount Packages on Ebay

Our offerings of selected packages through ebay have had a lot of value as a method of advertising our larger product line and bringing people to the website. As a result we’ve rotated in an entirely new selection of discounted items in our ebay store which have never been there before, including our first Walter Crane package, Howard Pyle’s Lady …


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Color Harmony Guide

Before we had fancy programs like Photoshop with dozens of color palettes and millions of colors and Pantone charts and magical color wheels and all the miracles of modern technology, we still had color to be selected and applied by more primitive methods. And while we don’t think about it much today, the range of colors we could perceive was …


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A Little Guide to Bookbinding

In our ongoing acquisition of antique graphic arts resources we’ve recently been looking for books by Pedro J. Lemos who was the Director of the Stanford University Fine Arts Museum. Lemos wrote extensively on graphic arts, lettering and design in the early 20th century. Lemos’ work draws on the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements of the period and …


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The Dark Shadows Font Project

My name is Victoria Winters… For almost five years those were the words which greeted me when I got home from school at 4:30 and sat down infront of the small black and white television in our kitchen to watch with wonder as the convoluted gothic narrative of the cursed inhabitants of Collinswood unfolded half-hour by half-hour in Dark Shadows. …


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Our Top Fonts of 2008

MyFonts has made a dramatic announcement of their Top 10 Fonts of 2008 with the results apparently based on sales. Looking at the samples, it’s a reminder of how unimaginative most graphic designers are in their font selections. A few of the listed fonts are interesting and original. Metroscript stands out as the most interesting and original of the lot, …


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The World of Steampunk

Steampunk is an increasingly popular literary genre which explores science fiction themes from the perspective of the Victorian era and based on technology extrapolated from the science and engineering capabilities of the 18th and 19th centuries. It has its earliest roots in the speculative writing of Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. It emerged as …


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