Not Entirely Clear on the Concept

Not Entirely Clear on the Concept

While standing in line at the grocery store the other day I happened to notice a Michael Jackson fan magazine from the publishers of Black Men magazine. It was notable because it featured our font designs prety prominently, and even more so for using one of them so remarkably incompetently. The back cover had a nice title done in Butterfield, …


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Projects In Development

Here at the Scriptorium we’re constantly working on new projects, drawing on material in our remarkable library of antique books of illustration, design and typography and on original designs as well. At any time we have 3 to 5 projects in various stages of development, from scanning images to designing fonts, to assembling material to create new packages of fonts …


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Sightings in the Youth Books Section

On a recent trip through the local bookstore I stumbled into the “youth” section, which is full of interesting looking books which I found hard to believe were really targeted at teenagers, since the quality of the writing and design of many of them was up to or beyond the level of adult books. There’s a higher emphasis on fantasy …


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Walter Crane’s The Baby’s Opera

We have been building a library of illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane for several years and are now finally at the point where we can start to release some of our Crane material in useful packages for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. Our first Crane release was The …


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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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We’ve Got Tote-Bags!

Stylish yet functional, there’s nothing quite so essential as a fine-quality, durable, canvast tote-bag. They’re just what you need for eco-conscious shopping or carrying around your junk. I like to fill mine with antique books from our library and wander around looking erudite. We’ve added tote-bags to our selection of custom printed items on our page at CafePress. Designs include …


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Fonts Playing Pirate

The designers at Disney know good fonts when they see them, and they’ve regularly used fonts from our Colonial Fonts package in various projects related to Pirates of the Carribean. Their latest appearance is in the new online game based on the movie series. It is a graphically rich massively multi-player online roleplaying game. You can download the basic application …


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Sighting – Joan of Arc Brie

There’s nothing more exciting than going down to the supermarket and finding a product right there on the shelf featuring one of our fonts. Even better if it’s a product that the family likes to consume and I can bring it home and show it to the wife and kids and point to the font as one I designed or …


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About Clip Art Copyrights

When looking for artwork to use in your design projects you are likely to encounter a wide variety of different kinds of art presented as ‘clip art’ and from many different sources. Some of these sources will want to charge you for the artwork and will then allow you to use the art for free under the terms of a …


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Font Sightings: Wandmaker’s Guidebook

In the past the designers over at Candlewick Press have used our fonts here and there in some of their books ‘ologie’ series books like Wizardology which features our Alleghieri font prominently on the cover. Apparently when the folks at Scholastic decided to clone the look and feel of those books for their new Wandmaker’s Guidebook, they made using our …


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