Google Features Mucha Header

Google Features Mucha Header

As you’ve probably noticed, Google’s main search page features new header images every couple of days. Sometimes they’re creative, clever or humorous and occasionally they feature the work of a particular artist. This weekend they popped up an image based on the designs of Art Nouveau legend Alphonse Mucha. The graphic gives a good feel for Mucha’s art, but the …


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Russian Folkard Sees Print

We originally designed the Russian and Eastern European versions of our Folkard font for a special project which I’m still not cleared to talk about, but we did get to release them some months ago for general sale, and much to my surprise I was in my local Russian deli, and there on one of their shelves of Russian knicknacks …


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Classic Font: Orlock

Orlock is a unique font designed by Michael Scarpitti, who decided to branch out from his usual fixation on Roman Fonts for a brief spell in 1999 to design a font based on the unusual gothic lettering found on the original 1922 poster for the classic silent horror film Nosferatu. Nosferatu was visually inventive and the posters embodied the design …


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Walter Crane Wallpaper

As a special bonus to increase awareness of our great packages of Walter Crane art, we’ve put together a special collection of digital wallpaper, based on Walter Crane designs, for use on iPhones and computers. Our Walter Crane packages include digital versions of his illustrated books Queen Summer, Pan Pipes, The Baby’s Aesop and The Baby’s Opera. That’s a lot …


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New Font: BigBlok

A great many years ago when working in game publishing I had a real fascination with doing titles in a strong, super-bold font called Bolt Bold. The truth is I rather overused it. In doing some research I find it on more than a dozen different game books I wrote in the early 80s, all quite collectable and out of …


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New Font: Letterpress Gothic

With all the coverage we did of the Hatch Show Print exhibit it seemed only appropriate to develop a font which embodied that design look. The result is our new Letterpress Gothic font which embodies one of the quirks of letterpress printing, the occasional combination of characters which are very similar, but don’t quite match. To do this we took …


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Rediscovering the Art of the Book Cover

In my endless perambulation of the web I stumble upon all sorts of sources of design inspiration, some of them intentional expressions of design ideas and others more accidental and serendipitous. One example in the latter category is Cover Browser, a site which features nothing but images of the covers of books, comic books, and magazines. I have no idea …


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The Hatch Show Print Exhibit

At the risk of overpromoting something which I’ve already given some attention to, I did get a chance to go to the last day of the Hatch Show Print exhibit at the


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New Font: Bergling

Bergling came in second in our poll to pick our next new font, only a few votes behind the winner. So it seemed like a good candidate for our next new font. Unfortunately, like Ormandine it is also a complex font with outlined characters, one of the most challenging kinds of designs to render as vector outlines and make into …


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The Fairytale World of Chagford

Designing fonts puts me in touch with interesting projects and artists who are working in various media. With fonts needed for movie titles, book covers, and play programs among other uses, designers come to me for fonts; as a result, I get to find out about the projects they are working on. Because a lot of the fonts I design …


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New Font: Ormandine

We got over 100 responses to our poll to pick our next new font, and the winner by a neck was the font now known as Ormandine, which is our new featured font as promised. It’s a gothic lettering font with a bit of an Art Nouveau flare and with outlined characters very appropriate for sign and poster design. The …


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Art Encounter: Jeff Truth Design

Last week I featured a lot of classic poster designers from the Flatstock 24 show, so to balance things out I thought I’d include a quick plug for a local Austin poster designer whose style is much less traditional than most of those at that show. Jeff Truth‘s designs are much more derivative from the tradition of punk poster design …


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Classic Font: Rheingold

We picked Rheingold as our new font re-release because I saw so much of it at the Flatstock 24 show last weekend. Of all of our fonts it showed up on more posters than any other. And seeing it in use brought to mind some shortcomings the font has had since it was first released way back in 1997. The …


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Yes, You CAN Have It All!

Complete Fonts Release 23 is Here! In the littany of amazing bargains there are few to compare with our Complete Fonts Collection. It includes every font we’ve produced from Abaddon to Zothique, which adds up to a total of close to 600 fonts. It includes our calligraphic, text, display, initials and art fonts plus other quirky and specialty fonts. To …


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Folkard Font Manifested on Ghost Whisperer

I was scanning through the television channels tonight and stumbled on a show on CBS called Ghost Whisperer. It seemed to have something to do with Willard (sans Ben and sans Michael Jackson theme music) trying to steal a magical book away from the perky teen girl from Party of Five and the second least funny comedian to ever have …


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Font Literacy at the National Gallery of Art

Over the holidays I got to travel with my family to visit my parents in Washington DC. While there, as always, we took time out to visit the National Gallery of Art. We saw some great exhibits. The kids liked the exhibition of Spanish Armor, but I found the strange and melancholy art of The Darker Side of Light to …


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