Classic Font: Moravia

Classic Font: Moravia

Our Alphons Mucha package was originally released in 1997. One of the most interesting original fonts included in the package was Moravia which was based on poster lettering Mucha did later in his career. We’ve just updated the Mucha package and as a featued font to go with it we’re offering a cleaned up and revised version of Moravia as …


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Font Revision: Pontifica New

Pontifica New is an entirely new version of Michael Scarpitti’s Pontifica font which we originally released back in 1999. Despite its popularity, Michael wasn’t satisfied with his original design and wanted to redo the font to be a more accurate representation of the samples of early gothic lettering on which it was based. He redid all of the outlines from …


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Classic Font: Delaguerra

Back in 2001 we were approached by the Santa Barbara Historical Society to develop a new font based on a style of lettering used on inscriptions on a number of historical buildings in downtown Santa Barbara. The result was the Delaguerra font which we named after the street where the historical society and many of the historic buildings are located. …


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Joyeuse Font

Joyeuse is one of our earliest developments of a really high-end font. It is based on samples of early 20th century metal type derived from a popular variant of William Morris’ Troy Typewhich deviated a lot from the original source design, but has much of the same stylish gothic revival look and feel. We originally released Joyeuse in 1992 and …


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Classic Font: Structura

In these hard times it seemed appropriate to harken back to even harder times, so if you feel a yearning to sit in a freezing garret and contemplate the relationship between art and the state, we have the font to use in the poster for your next exhibit of art made from girders and old boilers. Our Structura font is …


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Classic Font: Tuscarora

We first released Tuscarora in the early 90s based on samples of rough hand-drawn poster lettering. It became very popular and ended up being used as the basis of the Beynkales font which was used in the movie Corpse Bride. The original Tuscarora has a more dramatic look than Beynkales and we’ve enhanced this new release with additional alternate characters …


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Melusine Font

Melusine is based on an ornate style of gothic calligraphy used primarily in decorative signs and advertising in Germany around the turn of the century. It has many of the characteristics of a true medieval gothic hand, but is a more elaborate, extreme variaton on the style. It is one of the fonts featured in our Gothic Fonts package. Melusine …


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Classic Font: Evadare Enhanced

Evadare is a stylish text font which we originally released in 2002. It is based on a character set which was hand calligraphed by Rudolf Koch, which take a stylized approach to the idea of a classical Roman-style font. Evadare is both readable and full of personality. For those who are curious about such things, the name of the font comes from a character in Manly Wade Wellman’s classic stories of John the Balladeer collected in his book Who Fears the Devil, which I recommend highly.


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Classic Font: Windlass Enhanced

Since it’s original release in 1996 Windlass has been one of our most successful fonts. It has appeared in many publications, from merchandising for Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean to the labels of tins of Biscotti. It has been particularly popular for use in products with a pirate or nautical association, which makes sense because it is kind of what …


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Classic Font: Boswell

We’ve brought back a lot of classic fonts for a second look, but few of them are as interesting as Boswell, our classic regency-period text font based on extensive samples of type from the first edition of Boswell’s Corsica, a very rare book which we happen to have in our library and from which we developed an accurate typeface which …


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Spiral Initials Font

It’s St. Patrick’s day and with all our Celtic Fonts, when it came time to dig up a classic font to present for this week the obvious choice was to look to our large catalog of Celtica. So the best choice was obviously one of several celtic fonts which aren’t yet in any of the packages, Spiral Initials. It’s an …


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Brigidis Font

Brigidis is a classic Celtic font with a unique look which is actually somewhat reminiscent of Church Slavonic as seen in our Patriarch font, or late roman rustic calligraphy like our Carinthia font. It’s based on hand lettering by Rudolf Koch derived from medieval manuscript sources. It’s very stylish and unusual, with especially tall and narrow character forms. The character …


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Jugendstil Kunsthand

Jugendstil Kunsthand is based on a sample of late 19th century lettering in a style often associated with artists of the Jugendstil Art Nouveau movement in Germany. The characters are done in heavy outline with a rough-hand drawn look. The style is interesting because it shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on Art Nouveau with many of …


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Classic Font: Pyle Gothic

From out of the distant past, we bring one of our very oldest fonts, back in a revised and improved version, rescued from the mists of obscurity. Pyle Gothic was first released in 1993 and was our first font based on the lettering of legednary illustrator Howard Pyle. It’s taken from samples of his crude woodcut gothic title and caption …


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Classic Font: Offenbach Chancery

Our featured classic font for this month is a special selection for Christmas, one of our most popular fonts for designing seasonal cards, our classic blackletter style font, Offenbach Chancery. Offenbach Chancery is based on samples of 18th century German gothic calligraphy. It has a simple and elegant lowercase character set with ornate and decorative uppercase characters. It’s one of …


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Classic Font: Skull and Bones

In honor of Halloween our featured classic font for this month is the playful yet Macabre font Skull and Bones. As you might suspect from the name, the characters in this font are made up of combinations of skulls and bones, including leg bones and gruesome articulated spines, as well as some merry little stylized skulls. It’s rather like a …


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