Magnificent Texas Skies

Magnificent Texas Skies

One of the nice things about living in Central Texas is that we get some of the most magnificent skies I’ve ever seen. Unlike some parts of the country which have fairly consistent weather we’re on the border between two climate zones and we get all sorts of peculiar storms and impressive cloud formations and about the bluest skies you …


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Poster: National Day of the American Cowboy

In a moment of pure serendipity I went down to our local feed store to get scratch for our chickens and discovered that they had changed their Sunday hours and I was out of luck, but stapled to the wall was the charming poster you can see to the right. Since the event was over, I couldn’t resist taking the …


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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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New Font: Montgisard

There are certain design concepts which deserve more than one exploration. One of those is the combination of gothic elements with more more traditional Roman-style lettering. Classic font designer and calligrapher Rudolph Koch liked the idea as demonstrated in our Koch Gothic font. The idea of combining Roman capitals with a gothic lowercase is the basis of our new Montgisard …


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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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Fantasy Fonts and Art Package

Our classic Fantasy Fonts & Art collection is a great resource for artists, designers, roleplayers and world builders who want to create visual aids for any kind of fantasy world or project. The collection includes 30 original fonts and over 100 images by outstanding artists, all collected together for download or on CD at a very reasonable price. The fonts …


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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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