New Font: Bergling

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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Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

After a career as one of the preeminent horror writers of the 1990s and a break which lasted for several years, Robert McCammon has come back with a vengeance, completely reinventing his career, with an impressive series of historical mysteries set in the American colonies in the early 18th century. The stories center on the adventures of legal clerk and …


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Charles Folkard’s Ring of the Nibelungs

We’ve been working on a collection of art and fonts based on the designs of classic illustrator Charles Folkard — best known for illustrating Pinnochio — for a very long time. It’s been a slow process becaust good examples of Folkard’s art and lettering are relatively hard to find. Although he was a contemporary of Arthur Rackham, he wasn’t nearly …


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Poll: Publishing Art Book Reprints

We’ve received a number of requests to do facsimile book reprints of some of our antique illustrated books like Pan Pipes by Walter Crane and The Lady of Shallott by Howard Pyle. The books would be printed in full-color, soft-bound and would be page for page reproductions of the entire text and illustrations of the source works. The books would …


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Percy Jackson: The Lighning Thief

Featuring the Windlass Font

A few months ago we noted that our Windlass font was being used for the titles on the long-running series of Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. Now the first movie based on the book series is premiering (February 12th) and the main title is very nicely done with Windlass and featuring some nice customization including a flaming trident in …


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