Eastlake Design Sampler

Eastlake Design Sampler

When we were renovating our house I discovered ornamental brass fixtures for the doors designed by Charles Eastlake.  So I went shopping and found antique Eastlake hinges and knobs for all the doors. Charles Locke Eastlake (1836–1906) was the greatest British Arts and Crafts designer in the period after William Morris.  Like Morris he combined principles of art and decoration …


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Design You Own Holiday Cards with Pedro Lemos

Pedro Lemos was the editor of School Arts Magazine and a major figure in the California Arts and Crafts Crafts movement. He was also taught at Stanford University director of their Art Museum. He focused a lot of his effort on reviving hand crafting in various arts which had been taken over by mass production. His works on designing with …


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MapMaker Collection

MapMaker Collection

Making functional and attractive maps is a very specialized skill, prized by game designers, roleplayers and artists. To make exceptional maps, you need to have the right tools. Our MapMaker font and art package provide the fonts, textures and emblems which make drawing floorplans and developing stylish world and regional maps a breeze. Our map resources are based on the …


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Under Construction Sale

Under Construction Sale

For the next few days – maybe as much as a week – our site will be undergoing a fairly radical transformation as we implement an entirely new theme with new features and a radically different look.


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Stop CISA Design

Stop CISA Design

From time to time I get to do some creative design work for political causes, especially in opposition to efforts to expand cybersurveillance and give the NSA access to your personal information on the internet. This week is the drive to stop CISA, which would make Facebook, Google and even your ISP accomplices in these intrusive government efforts.  It’s a …


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Book Cover Designs by Margaret Armstrong

In the early 20th century, before the advent of photographic covers and the common use of dust jackets, there was a renaissance in book cover design and decoration. Artists were hired by major publishers to decorate the covers of high dollar editions by major writers, producing some striking examples of applied art in the Art Nouveau or in some cases Art Deco style.


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Days of Yore Font in Development

Those who follow our new releases may have noticed that things have slowed down substantially in the last few months. The main reason why we haven’t had a new font release and other activity is slowed is that we’re working on a monstrous new font project which we are calling Days of Yore. It’s based on samples of lettering from …


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Art of the Pinball Playfield

I often find myself being surprised by art which I run into in unexpected places, or in contexts where I don’t think about art as art because of its utilitarian application. I stumbled into a good example this weekend when I took my 11 year old daughter to our local video and pinball arcade, Pinballz in Austin. There aren’t as …


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A Visit to the Museum of the Weird

Many Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird”, found on bumper stickers and t-shirts, a tribute to Austin’s tradition as a hippie refuge and its current status as a hipster haven, with more tattoo parlors per capita than anywhere but Bangkok and nightclubs on every corner. It’s not surprising that Austin’s sixth-street nightclub district has become home to …


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Aylmer Vallance Playing Card Designs

Aylmer Vallance was a 19th century book designer who is probably best remembered for his cataloging and writing on the work of William Morris, but Vallance was also a notable designer in the arts and craft movement in his own right. His designs can be found in books and magazines of the period, including in The Studio magazine where we …


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Short Films on Typography

Here are several examples of informative short films on typography using a number of different, interesting presentation techniques of presentation. The first addresses the history of type and the second and third both deal with aspects of vocabulary and terminology in interesting ways. And finally a fun sarcastic video on the top 5 fonts to never use. No guarantee that …


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Austin Poster Scene

I didn’t get to go to the Flatstock Poster Show this Spring because I was out of town, but Austin is always a great town for show posters and I regularly come across interesting examples of local design, as happened today when I was out shopping for Easter trinkets at ToyJoy and noticed a couple of interesting posters from shows …


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