William Morris Font and Art Collection

William Morris Font and Art Collection

William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is probably best remembered for his …


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Holiday Feature: Walter Tittle’s Colonial Holidays

This Christmas we’re making available an unusual collection of Christmas images by outstanding American book illustrator and decorator Walter Tittle, an artist most known for his seasonal works.


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New Font: Sternhagen

Sternhagen is a classically attractive font with a modernized gothic look which combines traditional elements from the high middle ages with a bit of Art Deco style. It will eventually be part of our Gothic Fonts Collections, but for now it is available singly.Sternhagen has a complete upper and lowercase character set and a number of special characters. It should …


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Psychedelic Font Collection

The 1960s was a time when creativity flourished, in music, in literature and in the visual arts. This creativity found its outlet mostly in the counter culture, and one big aspect of that was in poster design for concerts at the great nightclubs of that era like the Fillmore. Rock posters of the 60s have a particular, identifiable look to …


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Hesperides Font on TV in Sleepy Hollow

In Monday night’s episode of the new TV show Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills discover an antique manuscript authored by John Adams which is written in a secret code. Not only is it in code, but it is also written using our Hesperides font, an original font based on lettering from the late colonial period. The plot …


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Byam Shaw Illustrations for Legendary Ballads

Byam Shaw was one of the outstanding artist illustrators of the Victorian period in England. Stylistically he inherited many of the characteristics of the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts artists of the earlier 19th century, putting him in the same category with other late-Victorian artists like Eleanor Fortescue Brickale and William Russell Flint. Shaws illustrations have rich colors and lots …


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Featured Font: Malagua

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Malagua was originally released in 1999 and has been revised several times since then, culminating in this new release with improved weighting and additional special characters. MAlagua is based on examples of rough hand lettering from the 17th century. It has characteristics in common with some of our other colonial period fonts like Allegheny, Queensland and …


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Making Maps with the MapMaker Package

This is a step by step guide to designing a small map using the elements and fonts of the MapMaker package. This tutorial was done using Adobe Photoshop, but the same tools and commands are available in every good graphics program, including less expensive ones like PaintShopPro and ColorIt. To start your map off, use the text tool to type …


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Eisenstein Font

  Film director Sergei Eisenstein was a major influence on the Constructivist movement through his collaboration with Alexander Rodchenko and by inspiring other artists of the era. Thus it seems appropriate that the final font in our Constructivist Font Collection should be named after Eisenstein, especially as the font partakes of the kind of lettering and design which he particularly …


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Engrossing Font

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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Austin de Croze’s Calendrier Magique

In stumbling around art resources on the internet I sometimes run into amazing resources and collections of art which I never expected to see online or anywhere else for that matter. But there are some conscientious archivists and academics out there who react properly when they see something rare and strange. Too many of their colleagues react defensively and want …


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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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Gutenberg as Done by Histeria

A few years ago Stephen Spielberg briefly produced a very funny and often surprisingly educational cartooon called Histeria. It was a spinoff of Animaniacs and applied the same sort of farcical humor to various events of history. In this clip Histeria looks at Johannes Gutenberg and the development of movable type printing.


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Ancient and Arcane Fonts

    While developing more traditional fonts based on historical material, we have occasionally hit upon historical oddities or lettering styles of exceptional antiquity which have interesting qualities and in which there is enough interest to justify the effort needed to make them into fonts. As a result, our collection has come to include a substantial number of fonts based …


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Olive Allen’s Tanglewood Tales Illustrated

Our ongoing acquisition of cool little illustrated books has included a lot of small chapbooks of illustrated stories from various sources. We’ve featured some by Katherine Cameron and other artists of the early 20th century before as mini-packages or as inclusions in samplers. We’ve just processed and are making available a new set based on Olive Allen’s illustrations for an …


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In Development: Owen Jones’ Spanish Ballads

We’ve done several previous packages based on designs by Victorian design historian Owen Jones. They include our fantastic Grammar of Ornament package and the new Gray’s Elegy. Our next addition to our selection of Jones design packages is a mammoth undertaking of all of the decorations, initials, emblems and borders in his early illustrated edition of J. G. Lockhart’s Ancient …


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