Abaddon in <b>Maleficent</b>

Abaddon in Maleficent

At the very beginning of the summer Disney released Maleficent the first in a series of films retelling the Disney versions of classic fairytales from the point of view of the villain. Maleficent is a visually stunning film combining high end CGI animation with live actors and Angelina Jolie with unbelievably accentuated cheekbones as the title character. It is somewhat …


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Olympic Symbol Fonts

There was an interesting report on NPR today about the history of Olympic pictograms, the special sets of custom international symbols used to help people from many different linguistic backgrounds find their way around the Olympics and identify things like sports venues and restrooms. There is a long history of specialized graphic design associated with the olympics and the fonts …


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In Development: Crane Initials Font

One of our upcoming fonts is the result of an interesting project, developing original initials based on designs by Walter Crane. We recently acquired an obscure edition of French tales of Reynard the Fox illustrated by Crane with a series of square black and white illustrations of forest animals. They were just the right size and shape for the backgrounds …


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Children of the Damned

With Halloween looming, thoughts naturally turn to issues of horror and to classic horror films, particularly the creative title design and unique lettering which some of these classics feature in their titles, but even more especially in their preview trailers. YouTube is a great resource for these trailers, including many for films which are themselves very hard to find. Trailers …


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Barnabas Font

Our new Barnabas font is the result of our Dark Shadows font design project. It’s an original font inspired by the original titles for the Dark Shadows television show, but updated for a more contemporary audience with the upcoming release of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie in mind. It combines gothic capital letters with  Latin small caps reminiscent of the …


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Serenissima Font

Serenissima takes its name from a nickname for the city of Venice which means “The Serene One.” It’s a particularly inappropriate name considering what a huge and absolutely unserene effort went into the creation of this digital version of the lovely sample of 16th century lettering which it is based on. Serenissima may be the most demanding design I’ve worked …


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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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Make Your Font Contest – Deadline Extended

Although judging has begun on the Make Your Font Contest and we do have a number of promising entries, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for entries until the 7th of September while we process the initial entries and prepare them for judging.  So if you wanted to take part, but missed the deadline, you have an additional week to …


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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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