In January of 1891 Little Folks Magazine published a special feature of a calendar designed and illustrated by Walter Crane with accompanying verses by his eldest daughter Beatrice. Each of the 12 panels has a figurative depiction of the month, a decorated initial and a topical verse. In style they are rather reminiscent of other Crane Works of the same period like The Three Sirens (forthcoming) and The Shepherds Calendar.
We have collected all of the pages of the calendar and have them available in high resolution format for download as a mini-package. You can see low resolution previews here and can purchase the package for just $10 and download it right away at our ONLINE ORDERING site.
Our new Art Deco font collection includes a remarkable selectiion of fonts from the design movements of the 1920s and 1930s, focusing on the kinds of fonts which were generally associated with the decorative arts movement which developed out of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Because we already have collections of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau fonts from related periods, we were able to narrow the focus of this collection very specifically to concentrate exclusively on those fonts which were most typical of the Art Deco genre. Some fonts outside the collection like Semiramis and Chelsea Studio could probably also be classed as Art Deco, but because they are already in other collections they were not included here. The same is true of the Roycroft fonts which are in the Arts and Crafts package. We’ve also tried to avoid any fonts which would be typical of the German Bauhaus movement which overlaps with Art Deco in the same way that the Jugendstil movement overlaps with Art Nouveau, mainly because we may want to release a Bauhaus collection in the future.
The package includes traditional text fonts from the Art Deco period like Broadley, Advertising Gothic, Falmouth and Gargantua. It also includes two purely decorative fonts, Decoration and Art Deco Borders which are ideal for completing the overall look of an art deco project with floral and geometric motifs to accompany your text. Together they make lots of unique and complex art deco designs possible.
Many of these fonts are among our newest designs, like Broadley and Madding, some are older and have been waiting for an opportunity to be released in a collection like this, and Art Deco Borders and Magnin are new releases put out to coincide with the release of this package, though Magnin was originally designed on a commission for a vintage clothing outlet some years ago.
Art Deco fonts are interesting, because although they may vary considerably in style they all share characteristics necessary for their use in graphic design, ornamentation and industrial design. In many cases they are fonts designed to be molded in metal, etched in glass, carved from wood or embossed on leather and they have peculiarities related to the mediums in which they were intended to be used.
The package includes 12 original fonts in postscript and true type format for both MacOS and Windows. It also includes a bonus set of selected full-color art deco motifs from our collection of designs by Pedro Lemos. You can order the complete package now for just $59 and take delivery online or by mail from our ONLINE STORE.
Byam Shaw was a great English illustrator of the Victorian period. Stylistically he inherited many of the characteristics of the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts artists of the earlier 19th century, putting him in the same category with other late-Victorian artists like Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale and William Russell Flint.
Shaws black and white illustrations are complex and have lots of detail. They are realistic while often dealing with legendary or mythical themes.
This mini-collection is our second set of Shaw illustrations. They are taken from his illustrated edition of Boccacio’s Decameron which features classic renaissance period stories of adventure and romance.
There are 20 illustrations and 4 decorative borders in this collection. You can see samples of all the illustrations below. Just click on an image to see a large preview.
This mini-package is just $12 and can be ordered from our ONLINE STORE
We also have another collection of Byam Shaw illustrations for Legendary Ballads.
One of our most interesting recent releases is our Steampunk Fonts and Texture collection. It’s a new set of fonts, many of which are new or in no previous collection, plus more than 20 original high-resolution metallic textures. It’s everything you need to create unique graphics with a grungy, retrograde, victorian low-tech look characteristic of the Steampunk movement. If you aren’t familiar with steampunk literature and steampunk style, take a look at our recent overview article
It’s a world of gears and sprockets, brass and leather and rust and polished woods. It’s making a mark in fashion, industrial design and in graphic design, and if you want to bring the look to life in your designs this package has everything you need.
The font set includes a combination of art, decorative initial and display fonts with an edgy art nouveau and victorian looks and specialized features. One of the key new fonts is the Gears font which is a brand new font created specially for this package which features more than 60 different gear silhouettes based on clockwork and old machinery ready to be combined with textures to create a great retro-mechanical look. Another key new font is the Jules Verne title font, a heavy-weight title font which combines the look of wrought iron with elements of gears and clockwork. Continuing the mechanical theme are the Clockwork and Gearhead fonts which combine period lettering with gears and clockwork to create stylish decorative initials. The Draughtwork font goes to back to the drawing board to give you initials with the look of a mechanical blueprint on graph paper. Belgravia, Boetia and Blackthorn are recent font releases which are in no other package and represent a very stylized element of the Art Nouveau movement which is perfect for this theme. Linthicum is another classic period font which fits the theme very well and also fills the need for a compatible text font. Our classic Goodfellow font is included because it fits so well and was featured on the cover of the James Blaylock’s recent steampunk short story collection The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives. Finally, the collection is rounded out to 12 fonts with the mystical and arcane looking fonts Necromantic and Mephisto which fit the the element of mysticism found in much steampunk literature. Plus Mephisto would look great on the side of a clockwork submarine or airship.
If you want to download a sample font from the package, try our our Jules Verne font. In addition to the fonts the collection includes a great selection of new and original textures (shown to the graphic below the font samples to the right). There are more than 20 of them and they include samples of pure and oxidized and extremely deteriorated metals, including silver, gold, copper, bronze and iron in various states and with different sorts of finishes. Combine them with the fonts as we’ve done in the title graphic here (which uses Verne and Gears) and you get an amazing look. If you want to try a sample texture, try downloading the Heavy Rust texture.
All of this is collected together at a price of only $59. You can order the Arts & Crafts font and art package directly for delivery on CD by phone from 1-512-656-8011, or you can purchase the package online – just – CLICK HERE TO ORDER
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The culture of the east entices and allures. From the stony walls of Petra to the fabled spires of ancient Samarkand, the the legend of the great days of Caliphs, Wazirs and brave adventurers outshines the modern era of oil and petty tyrrany. Who would not trade a dozen Saddam Husseins for a single Al Hakim or Saladin? The visual style of Middle Eastern culture has intrigued artists for years and we’ve gathered some remarkable images to give you access to this great tradition.
Our Arabian Nights collection focuses on the visual arts of the ancient and legendary Middle East, including historical source material and modern artistic interpretations of the arts and themes of the Arabian Nights. This includes a selection of new fonts which capture the spirit of the east, plus our extensive collection of rug patterns and beautiful art nouveau illustrations of tales from the Arabian Nights by Rene Bull, Louis Rhead, J. D. Batten and Edmund Dulac.
Our Arabian Nights collection has recently been expanded to include seven original fonts. Samaritan is based on the poster lettering of Alphons Mucha from his poster for the play La Samaritan. Serendib and Waziri are based on the hand lettering of Rene Bull from his edition of the Arabian Nights. Caliph is derived from Ernst Schneidler’s classic Legende font, with variant characters based on his original lettering. Samarkand is an art font which lets you combine characters in different ways to create skylines for an ancient Middle Eastern city. Satampra is a fantasy calligraphy font with a middle eastern theme.
The package also features a wealth of great illustrations, in both color and black and white. Edmund Dulac’s haunting fairytale illustrations bring to life the era of the late Ottoman Empire. Rene Bull’s fanciful art nouveau pictures explore the more humorous aspects of the Arabian Nights. Rhead and Batten provide simpler material in black and white suitable for coloring or decorative uses. All images are in high resolution and well suited to use in print, or for scaling down for web use, and our standard license provides reprint rights with very few limitations. There are over 50 illustrations included in the package.
As an added bonus we’ve also included a large selection of decorative Middle Eastern rug and tapestry designs. These are high-resolution images from great source material. They feature traditional designs and motifs ideal for creating new graphics and decorative images, including legendary rug patterns like the classic Sarouk, Tabriz and Farahan styles.
This special package is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows based computers and all of the fonts are in both PostScript and TrueType format. All of this is only $59, either through our toll-free number at 1-512-656-8011 or our Online Ordering System.
There’s no better way to give your designs the romance and mystery of the Middle East.
You can see quick samples of the fonts in the package on this page. As a special, immediate bonus, you can also try out the new Satampra font. Download the demo version by clicking on the image below.
The most prominent Pre-Raphaelites were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Edward Burne Jones, John Everett Millais and Lord Leighton. The movement also became closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement which arose in the same period, largely linked together by the collaborations of Arts & Crafts designer William Morris and Edward Burne Jones.
The style of the Pre-Raphaelites was characterized by an interest in classical and legendary themes, fascination with architectural elements and realistic drapery, and the use of models who fit a particular style and appearance, usually with thick, curly hair and voluptuous figures. The end result was a style which was realistic, yet fantastical, and ultimately had a strong influence on artists throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially illustrators like William Russell Flint and Eleanor Brickdale.
Our Pre-Raphaelite collection features selected images from the most prominent artists of the movement in high-resolution suitable for use in print. It includes some of the most well-recognized paintings like Millais’ The Knight Errant and Ophelia, Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix, Hunt’s Triumph of the Innocents and Burne-Jones portrait of Sidonia von Bork. This collection is unique, because the originals to these paintings are controlled by galleries which will not allow them to be reproduced. Our versions are taken from antique prints which they don’t control, so we can license you the right to use them within some simple limitations. As with all of our collections, the images are licensed to you for reprint or inclusion in other publications so long as you are not primarily reselling just the art itself.
Our new Pre-Raphaelite package is available at a special low price of only $49. It’s also available in discounted combination with our Morris package for $79. Both are best ordered on CD unless you have a very high speed internet connection. The high resolution of the art makes the collection take up a lot of disk space, which makes it ideal for distribution on CD.
The easiest way to get this package is to order it online. To order online, just CLICK HERE . Or for the combo with the Morris package just go to: COMBO. For info on the Morris package click on the image to the right. It’s also easy to order by phone at 1-512-656-8011.
It’s time for politics, with primaries coming up early next year for the presidential elections. That means that candidates and protesters and marching activists all need posters and we have the fonts to make them look good and draw the eye. Whether you’re standing outside a milk subsidies townhall or marching for ferret liberation or making posters for your campaign for Supreme Overlord of the Universe, these are the fonts you need.
The key to designing fonts for political posters is that they be highly readable from a distance, with good, clear open spaces and relatively bold lines. Most of the time you only want to use one or two fonts on a poster, but it’s good to have some variety to choose from. You want to have access to fonts which are unique so that your posters don’t look just like all the others, but they can’t be too unique because that will make you look peculiar. Most candidates aren’t running on the Freak Power Party ticket or the Feudal Monarchist ticket, so psychedelic fonts and medieval gothic fonts are right out. What you want are fonts which tread the fine line between the ubiquitous and the unique.
The package includes 10 specially selected fonts. These include both serif and sans serif fonts, extra bold fonts, some special narrowly customized fonts as well as two italic fonts stylistically compatible with the other fonts which are included. It also includes a special new image font called Campaign which features a nice selection of political images and emblems.
Madding, Aventine and Bastion are excellent for putting the name of a candidate in large letters in the middle of a poster. All three are hard to ignore and they offer a ncie set of choices. Albatross, Walsingham and Langhorne are well suited to smaller text for information about the candidate or slogans. Alexandrine and Atkinson Egyptian are there if you want something somewhat lighter and more open and Hamilton is a unique bold and narrow font if you need to fit a longer name in smaller space.
The Political Fonts package is available for order right away with immediate online delivery, or you can get it sent on CD the old fashioned way. You can also order any of the fonts individually from the Single Fonts section of our ordering site and you can order the full package HERE. The complete package is only $49.
William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is probably best remembered for his fabric designs and his book designs for Kelmscott Press, especially their edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Kelmscott Chaucer, for which Morris designed all the fonts, borders and decorations and commissioned illustrations by pre-raphaelite master Edward Burne-Jones. He pioneered modern renderings of antique styles of type as well as the production of high-quality home furnishings, including the famous reclining Morris Chair. Morris left behind an enduring legacy of quality and creativity which will continue to inspire artists for years to come.
Our Morris collection includes an excellent selection of Morris’ fabric designs and patterns, plus a collection of original fonts based on his type designs for books published by the Kelmscott Press. We have recently augmented the collection with new fonts, new patterns and the addition of a large selection of decorative borders, emblems and initials.
Morris floral and leaf fabric patterns are excellent for use in web page design. They can be made into contiguous tiles for use as backgrounds on web pages. They also make excellent backdrops for decorative pages in print and great endpapers for books with a classic look. Each of the patterns in our Morris collection is a high-resolution image and suitable for use online or in print. Above you can see the original patterns from the collection. The new patterns added in the latest update are shown to the left.
The fonts featured in this collection are shown to the right. The first three are the original set, and the two in lighter green are our most recent additions. Morris Initials is based on initials done for the Kelmscott Chaucer. The second font is Kelmscott, based on Morris’ Troy type which was used to set many of his books. The third is True Golden, based on Morris’ Golden type which was also widely used in books from the Kelmscott Press. The first of the new fonts is Morris Black Letter, based on hand lettering Morris did as a prototype for what eventually developed into the Troy style. The second is Chaucerian Initials, based on the illuminated capitals in the Kelmscott edition of Chaucer’s works. The relationship between the text faces and the initials is clear to see, and they work very well in combination.
To the left you can see some samples of the newly added borders, frames and emblems from Morris’ edition of Chaucer. These include a wide variety of large and small floral borders as well as unusual initials which include complete words embedded in the decorations of the initial.
Like many of our collections, the Morris collection has now grown to the point where it is only available on CD. The complete collection is only $59. Our Morris collection is also available in a retail package ideal for sale in museums and bookstores. Send email for information on wholesale terms and availability. You can order the Morris collection for delivery online or by mail from our online store.
If you want to try out one of our Morris fonts, give Chaucerian Initials a try. The demo version is slightly different from the final version which is in the Morris package. You can download the True Type version which will work with Windows or MacOS right here.
W. Heath Robinson was an artist of the first half of the 20th century who started his career as a book illustrator and produced many fantasy and fairytale illustrations, including illustrating Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies. Later in his career he became a cartoonist producing humorous cartoons of fanciful weapons during the World Wars.
One of his little known works was a collection of illustrations for the Odyssey from the Told to the Children series of books. We have featured a illustrations from other books in the series by Katherine Cameron. We have collected Robinson’s Odyssey illustrations and are making them available as a mini-package of high-resolution digital reproductions licensed for you to use in your design projects. The whole set is only $5 and can be purchased in our ONLINE STORE and downloaded immediately.
If you want to see more Robinson art, check out his illustrations for Chaucer.
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For years we’ve been adding to what has become an outstanding library of illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane, and all that work has come to fruition with the release of selected Walter Crane material in outstanding packages customized for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. We started with our collection of Crane’s The Baby’s Aesop and followed with The Baby’s Opera, and now we’re going to an even higher level with one of his most ambitious illutrated works, Pan Pipes. Pan Pipes is a collection of popular folk songs of the late 19th century, including many which are still well known today like “Barbara Allen,” “Greensleeves” and “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes,” all beautifuly illustrated and decorated.
Like the The Baby’s Opera, Pan Pipes includes the complete words and music to more than 30 songs, but they are songs for adults rather than children with beautiful period illustrations and done in a larger format which leaves room for some really outstanding decoration and calligraphy. It is arguably Crane’s most impressive work.
Our presentation of the book follows the model of our other recent Walter Crane package. It includes a complete 60-page print-quality PDF facsimile of the book, plus high-resolution graphics of every page and illustration including the covers, all digitally corrected for superior color quality. In addition there are emblems, borders, decorative elements and other resources which we have taken from the book and cleaned up and made ready to use for other purposes. All of this comes with a license allowing you to incorporate the material in your own designs and creations.
The Pan Pipes package is only $49 and you can order online and download the package immediately — but be warned, it’s a very large download if you don’t have high-speed internet. To see a complete slideshow preview of the book in video format click on the video link at the head of this article. The video doesn’t include the frames and graphics, but some samples can be seen here.
We’ve developed quite a large collection of Walter Crane packages. You can see links to all of them HERE.