Buccaneer Sails on Strange Tides

Buccaneer Sails on Strange Tides

Our buccaneer font is peculiarly popular for pirate themed designs, which explains why it is prominently featured on the absurdly named “ARRR BARRR” pirate inspired nutty chocolate bar with a “Scurrilous Activity Kit” inside. I admired the packaging in the store but not enough to sample one of the curious confections. It’s rather less apparent why it is featured on …


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Austin Poster Scene: Heading Pulpwards

The new trend in the hot Austin poster scene is posters which look like pulp novel covers or exploitation film posters of the same period. Here are two great examples from August, one from Spiderhouse which adverstises itself as “Spiderhouse Ballroom” in a tribute to some of the great blues and rock venues of the past, and the other from …


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National Day of the American Cowboy Poster from Hatch

The National Day of the American Cowboy is sponsored by American Cowboy magazine, so while I was in the feed store I leafed through some issues of that magazine and also the companion magazine Cowboy Legends. It was in this later magazine that I fortuitously encountered a creative use of our Tuscarora font in a full-page ad for the Kansas …


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Cicely Mary Barker Fairies Mini-Package

Along with Arthur Rackham and Kate Greenaway, Cicely Mary Barker was one of the three great fairy illustrators of the early 20th century. Her Flower Fairies books were enormously popular and influential on illustrators of the period. willy Pogany even produced a series similarly titled knock-off books. Barker’s use of rich colors and her delicate rendering of playful fairy figures …


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Who Killed Cock Robin?

Silhouettes by Charles Folkard from Land of Nursery Rnyme Who killed Cock Robin? I, said the Sparrow, With my bow and arrow I killed Cock Robin. Chorus: All the birds in the air Fell a’sighing and a’sobbing When they heard of the death Of poor Cock Robin. I, said the Fly, With my little eye I saw him die. I, …


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Protected: Christmas Gift Font: Candlemass

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PayPal Financing and Bonus

PayPal would really like you to buy more of our font and art products and use their service to do it. They’ll make it worth your while with interest free credit for 6 months and even a $5 kickback on your first purchase. PayPal is available as one of our standard checkout payment options. It’s worth a look.


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Retro Design in Django Unchained

We’ve started seeing previews for Quentin Tarrantino’s new film Django Unchained in the theatres. The film looks like a high-octane take on the western genre done with a Tarrantino twist, and as has been the case with other recent films from Tarrantino as a director and a producer we’re already seeing a lot of attention being paid to the graphic …


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Carmilla on Pop-Up Books

Traditionally certain of our fonts have gotten a lot more public exposure than others have. There was a time a few months ago when I thought I’d go nuts if I saw another book or game with Windlass on the cover. But the pattern is cyclic and it now seems to be the moment of ascendancy for Carmilla. Last week …


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Try Our New Font Preview Tool

After a long search we’ve managed to find a new tool called Typeshow which will allow visitors to the site to create custom samples of any of our fonts. It is similar in design to the Texter tool which we experimented with in the past, but actually uses TrueType fonts instead of Flash SWF fonts, and it manages to render …


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Carmilla Font at Central Market

I stopped off for lunch at the cafe in our local Central Market (upscale grocery store owned by HEB) and was surprised to find that among the posters on their walls promoting various events at the store there was a poster for a “Day of the Dead” event which featured our Carmilla font prominently. The photo (taken with my cell …


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Join Us on Facebook – Get a Great Discount!

A few months ago we launched a push to get as many followers on Facebook and Twitter as we could. It was pretty successful and we increased our social media reach substantially, but we can’t stop there. It’s an ongoing effort because social media is where a lot of interesting stuff is happening. This week we want to make an …


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Special Font: Art Deco Borders

We released the Art Deco Borders font as a special Font Club bonus font in 2009 and then somehow forgot to ever release it for purchase as a single font to the general market. A terrible oversight because it’s such an excellent font with a unique Art Deco look and a nice variety of border elements which can be combined …


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Captain Kidd Font in Disney “Villains” Contest

For a couple of years Disney has been doing special promotions of merchandise featuring the villains from their most famous animated films, targeting their marketing towards an older audience which remembers the villains from childhood and is attracted to related merchandise for the “coolness” factor. The t-shirt design site Threadless is currently featuring a design contest based around the Disney …


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Featured Font: Rudolfo

Rudolfo brings some of the quirkiest character of the Renaissance to visual live and now it does it in an even more dramatic way with a new version that includes three complete separate variants of the font for maximum variety and impact. Rudolfo was originally designed based on samples of late Renaissance era lettering done by legendary designer and calligrapher …


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