Bilitis is an original “brush script” style font we designed for a project back in 1998 and released then with some success. It has a strong visual appeal with rough hewn character forms which are very unusual. In this new release we’ve also added a larger selection of alternate character forms and ligatures to add more variety if you want to explore the extended character set. As a script which doesn’t have too much of a refined and elegant look it’s a nice alternative style to have in your collection.
Zothique is one of our most unusual decorative calligraphy fonts. It is based on original hand lettering with a fanciful, flourished style which is charming and whimsical. The font includes a large selection of alternative decorative characters and special characters and swashes.
Zothique was first released way back in 1998 and has gone through several revisions and refinements since then and has been one of our most popular fonts. This latest revision includes a bonus bold variant of the font custom designed to preserve the look while making an even stronger impression, plus expanded foreign language characters.
Our Froissart font was first released in 2000 as part of our Medieval Fonts and Art package. It is an accurate recreation of the Littera Bastarda calligraphic style which was popular in the 14th and 15th centuries as gothic styles were losing popularity and there was a demand for something less formal and easier to write rapidly. It takes it’s name from Jean Froissart whose Chroniques of the Hundred Years War were reproduced by the Blois school and widely distributed and lettered entirely in this style. Bastarda lettering was a significant step forward in calligraphy which, because it was easier to write quickly, resulted in a boom in the book industry and the production and distribution of larger editions of hand-lettered books to a broader popular audience than had previously been possible, particularly in England and France. The rise in the use of Bastarda coincided with the first period of popularity of vernacular literature which signaled the very earliest phase of the Renaissance.
This is a new and revised version of Froissart, with the weighting of the characters significantly adjusted, additional alternate character forms taken specifically from Froissart’s Chroniques, plus key period ligatures and French language characters.
Our gothic font collection is a compilation of our most interesting fonts based on gothic type and late medieval calligraphy. It covers the range from the historical styles in which gothic printing had its inspiration to the ornate heights of complex gothic fonts from 19th century Germany. This includes fonts in the style sometimes called ‘Old English’, as well as what calligraphers sometimes call ‘Black Letter’. If you like your fonts dark, angular and complex, this is your dream collection.
The collection has recently been updated to a third new edition, with more new fonts, bringing the total to 20 gothic lettering fonts and four gothic initials fonts. Recently added fonts include Serenissima, Gelderland, Montressor, Alcuin, Monumental, Goldwork, Waldeck, Yngling and Roncesvalles. The selection is all gothic, but quite varied. Fonts like Theodoric and Cadeaulx are an excellent combination of style and readability, while others like Ghost Gothic, Rheingold and Tyrfing offer more decorative ornamentation.
The complete Gothic collection is $99, but for a limited time if you use the coupon code OSTRO on checkout you can get $20 off the price for a total of just $79. It comes with both TrueType and Postscript fonts for either the MacOS or Windows. You can order it online. Just CLICK HERE to order it online and get it delivered by email or on CD. Or if you have an earlier release, please contact us about a discounted update of the package.
|Chaillot is based on 12th century gothic calligraphy which has some characteristics of early black letter calligraphy and stylistic holdovers from late Carolingian lettering. It is a very bold and distinctive calligraphic style with unusual decorations and flourishes. Chaillot is one of our oldest fonts and was originally released in 1994. This updated version has additional characters and replaces the smallcaps in the original design with a customized true lowercase character set in the style of the capital letters of the original font. The demo version includes only the original uppercase and smallcaps. The new lowercase is only available in this new edition of the font.You can try the DEMO version of Chaillot for free. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24 online and download it right away.|
|Leodegar is based on samples of 7th century Frankish hand lettering. The characters draw on the minuscule calligraphic tradition, but are a bit more decorative and somewhat whimsical. They occupy an appealing position somewhere between calligraphy and decorative initials, perfect for titles which need a dark age look or for low-impact initials in an antique looking document. The name of the font comes from one of the many Merovingian Frankish kinds of the period. The upper case characters follow the original outline-style of the lettering and the lowercase is a solid style compatible with the uppercase but more suitable for text. You can try the DEMO version of Leodegar for free with a limited character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24 online and download it right away.|
|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 on in years. The complex outlines and fine divisions between sections of the capital letters required unusual exactitude, so much that many of the character outlines had to be redrawn multiple times and then extensively tweaked and fine tuned to get them to look just right. It was an awful lot of work, but I think the results are worth it. The upper case characters are complex and unique and the lowercase is elegant and provides excellent balance for the overall look of the font.You can try the DEMO version of Serenissima for free with a limited character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24 online and download it right away.|
|Elsene is a new font based on lettering by early 20th century illustrator Clara Elsene Peck, obviously taking its name from her middle name. It’s based on her lettering and initials from the book Knocks Witty and Wise. A companion set of illustrations will be available soon. With Elsene you really get several fonts in one, because it includes multiple variant character sets, a complete set of outline characters and a selection of character frames and highlights. It’s based on the artist’s lettering, so it has all the quirks and peculiarities you’d expect, plus a heavy weight which is excellent for titles. It works well in combination with our two other Peck fonts, Peck Initials and Peck Shields.|
|Guilford is one of several fonts we’ve released based on the hand lettering of classic American artist Eric Sloane. It fits in with the colonial theme of many of his book designs, with an antique, rustic look. It is one of several Sloane fonts included in our Colonial Fonts Collection, along with Bridgeport and QueenslandGuilford features a special custom demo with a unique set of small caps. The font itself includes a full lowercase character set. You can try the DEMO version of Guilford for free. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24 online and download it right away.|