TeeFury – Cool Shirts and a Smart Gimmick

TeeFury – Cool Shirts and a Smart Gimmick

My daughter recently turned me on to TeeFury a website that sells original, limited edition t-shirts with a very clever marketing gimmick. It’s worth looking at here because good art and clever marketing are our bread and butter. The concept of TeeFury is very simple. Artists submit t-shirt designs which they produce and sell at a reasonable price with a …


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How Captain Kidd Was Designed

This article originally appeared on our site as a seven-part series of featured articles in 2004.  It was recently recovered from an archive and is presented here as a complete article for the first time. PART I Sometimes when I’m working on new fonts I like to have a classic movie in the background. Recently one of the movies I …


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Dark Shadows Font Preliminary Rendering

With the Dark Shadows movie in the early phases of filming and some production stills (let’s hope they improve the make-up on Depp) already appearing on the web, it’s time to step up work on the Dark Shadows font. At this point I have the basic character design done for a complete set of uppercase and small caps characters plus …


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Mining Horror Comics for Font Ideas

I’m always mining the great graphic legacy of past eras for cool resources to use as the basis for fonts, and while I more typically go to antique sources, there’s a lot of great material to be found in the relatively recent past in vintage products of popular art like the covers and artistic content of pop novels and comic …


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Dark Shadows Project: Looking at Old English Fonts

In developing an updated font for Dark Shadows one interesting challenge is that there are only two upper case characters to use as a starting point. What is immediately apparent about them is that they fit into the category of “Old English” style fonts, a popular term for a particular style of black letter font developed for the publishing industry …


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The Dark Shadows Font Project Revisited

The Dark Shadows font project is back on track… When I first heard that there was a new Dark Shadows movie in development I was pretty excited, especially since it was a Tim Burton project and he has used fonts I designed in some of his past films. I started tossing ideas around for a design for a special font …


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A Guide to Lettering by Pedro Lemos

In the past we’ve put together several special ebooks on various aspects of design excerpted from Pedro J. Lemos textbook Applied Arts, including one on Bookbinding and another on Color Harmony. Our new addition to that collection is A Guide to Lettering which looks at the history of letters and how to do basic calligraphy and design of letters for …


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Beehive Collective

So I’m on vacation with the kids and we happened to stop in to Finelli’s Pizza in Ellsworth, Maine. On the wall in Finelli’s is a mural-style poster of a banner opposing the Free Trade Area of the Ameircas from Beehive Collective, which reminded me that I had intended to give them a plug after seeing their work displayed at …


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Glastonbury Font Featured in St. Alban’s Alumni Magazine

It may not reach our ideal target audience, but there’s something very flattering about having my work covered in a feature article in my high-school’s alumni magazine. A while you may have seen an article about the development of the Glastonbury font back in the fall of 2009. It was a collaborative project which I undertook for my alma mater, …


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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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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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