Featured Font: Bilitis

Featured Font: Bilitis

  BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview 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 …


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Classic Font: Zothique

BUY NOW TRY DEMO 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 …


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Froissart Font

BUY NOW TRY DEMO 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 …


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Engrossing Font

Engrossing is one of our earliest fonts, originally released in the early 1990s. It is based on one of the very first examples of printed type in a script style. The historic source design was derived from common 17th century calligraphy, simplified for conversion to type and it became the precursor of all of the other styles of script fonts. …


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Chaillot Font

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 …


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New Font: Leodegar

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 …


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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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Elsene Font

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 …


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Featured Font: Guilford

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 …


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New Font: Gelderland

New Font: Gelderland

Gelderland is a new font based on some very old typography, taken from samples of brass type from the early 19th century. It is characterized by its very detailed decorative capital letters, with multiple overlapping flourishes which create an effect almost like a framed decorative initial. The basic style of the upper and lowercase characters is calligraphic in the German …


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Featured Font: Melcheburn

Melcheburn is a really handsome calligraphic font which we first released in 2000 and which has been revised twice since then. It has character forms which are more decorative than classic black letter fonts, with embellished capitals and some decorative variants of selected lowercase characters as well. It stands out with a distinct style which is different from other fonts …


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Featured Font: Vergennes

Vergennes was originally released in 2001 and is a stylish font which combines a simple lower case character set with highly decorative calligraphic initials. It is based on samples of lettering collected in Germany in the early 1900s, though the style of the letters seems more typically French than characteristically German. Vergennes in more complex, but has characteristics in common …


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Gloriana Font

Gloriana was originally released in 1999 based on samples of hand lettering in an illustated childrens book from the early 1900s. It was one of several conceptually similar fonts we did during that period, including Gaiseric, Rosalinde, Scurlock and Folkard. For some reason Folkard was the big hit of the various fantasy themed fonts we did as part of that …


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St. Patrick’s Day Bonus Font: Coverack

Some years ago, while traveling in Cornwall I saw some unique hand lettering on a signboard outside of a pub and later I reconstructed the fanciful Celtic lettering style from memory to produce what became the Coverack font. Coverack is in the tradition of Celtic uncial lettering, but is extra bold and has some fantastical embellishments and special symbol characters.. …


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Alcuin Font

We’re working on a number of projects based on designs by legendary 19th century codicologist Owen Jones, who is most famous for his Grammar of Ornament. One of those projects is his book One Thousand and One Initial Letters from 1864. We have a lovely copy which was originally in the library of a Catholic monastery in England, which adds …


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Classic Font: Gjallarhorn

Gjallarhorn is based on uncial-style lettering by artist Willy Pogany from his titles for Padraig Colum’s classic collection of Scandinavian myths, The Children of Odin. It is reminiscent of runic lettering carved in wood and is evocative of the magic and mystery of Norse mythology. It has various peculiar letter forms, and the font includes two or more different versions …


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