Fontcraft: Scriptorium Fonts, Art and Design http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:13:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Design You Own Holiday Cards with Pedro Lemos http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/design-you-own-holiday-cards-with-pedro-lemos/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/design-you-own-holiday-cards-with-pedro-lemos/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:13:16 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9938 cards1Pedro Lemos was the editor of School Arts Magazine and a major figure in the California Arts and Crafts Crafts movement. He was also taught at Stanford University director of their Art Museum. He focused a lot of his effort on reviving hand crafting in various arts which had been taken over by mass production. His works on designing with concrete and craft metalworking are still in print today and used for reference. In his role with School Arts Magazine he produced guidebooks and topical portfolios on various sorts of design projects for students from the youngest grades to the college level.

cards20Since it is Christmas time it seemed appropriate for us to look at Lemos 1922 design portfolio on Gift Card Designing. In it Lemos starts from the premise that holiday cards have declined in quality since the end of World War I and he wants to lead students to producing a hand made alternative to cheap products being brought in from overseas. He provides instructions for designing cards from the ground off along with a loose sheet portfolio of sample graphics for different holidays, especially Christmas.

It’s a great source of ideas and design elements well explained and easy to use.  We’ve got the whole package available as high resolution images with a handy PDF guide, all for only $8 just in time for Christmas. Just CLICK HERE to order.

And check out our other Pedro Lemos design guides:

Lemos: Guide to Bookbinding

Lemos: Color Harmony Guide

Lemos: Construction Art Deco Emblems

Lemos: Guide to Lettering

 

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Renaissance Fonts and Art Collection http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/renaissance-fonts-and-art-collection/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/renaissance-fonts-and-art-collection/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:52:27 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=996
 

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The Renaissance saw the movement of literature into vernacular languages, the beginnings of printing and mass book production and the popularization of fiction and writing of all sorts aimed at a wider, commercial audience. In accord with the humanist philosophy of the Renaissance there was a demand for more practical, accessible forms of lettering and a trend away from the artificiality of gothic and medieval styles. As with so many things, Renaissance scribes and artists found inspiration by throwing out the past millenium of history and going farther back, looking to the lettering styles of Rome for inspiration.

Rediscovered Roman lettering styles were adapted to fit the practical needs of Italian businessmen and record keepers and ultimately improved on to meet the sophisticated needs of Renaissance writers like Dante, Machiavelli and Boccacio. This produced the lettering styles which we traditionally associate with the Renaissance. They needed writing which was easy to reproduce in larger volume than ever before, but readable to a broad audience. Letter forms had to be attractive, but simpler and less exacting, requiring fewer strokes, permitting a flowing hand, and abandonning elaborate decoration and dramatic variations in weight and thickness. The lettering styles of the Renaissance had a huge influence on early type designers and established design principles and basic letter forms which live on in modern type designs.

Our Renaissance font collection includes 10 unique fonts based on designs from the Renaissance. These include three variations of humanistic cursive (Palmieri, Castiglione and Hanes), plus two more unusual examples of quirky italian cursives (Fiorenza and the new Alleghieri), a unique Roman style hand-lettered font (Rudolfo and Rudolfo Swash), a fully-developed example of Trajan-style Roman lettering, the basis for most formal Renaissance lettering (Hadrianus), plus a classic flouished cursive (Trinculo) and a set of floral intials from the Quattrocento (Fraticelli). There’s a little bit of everything from the period, from early period cursive like Palmieri to more practical late Renaissance lettering like Fiorenza.

The package also includes a selection of frames, borders, initials and emblems designed by Evelyn Paul based on Renaissance period book decorations. These include illuminations and decorations in both color and black and white, as well as a few selected full-page decorative plates. In combination with the varied selection of fonts they provide just what you need to give any document a full-fledged Renaissance look.

The new and expanded edition of the Renaissance Fonts & Art package is a great deal with all of the fonts and art for only $79. It comes for either Windows or MacOS computers and includes both Postscript and TrueType fonts. You can order by phone at 1-512-656-8011, or to order online just CLICK HERE


To get an idea of what our Renaissance fonts are like, try out the demo version of our latest one, Alleghieri. It doesn’t have all of the punctuation and variant characters, but should give you a good feel for the font.

Alleghieri was developed from several different examples of late Renaissance lettering. While it is based on a style which is clearly intended for quick, easy writing, we’ve preserved many of the unusual character forms and elaborations to give it a lot of personality. The result is stylish and unique, with a real feel of the Renaissance, but great readability as well. The full version includes a large selection of variant character forms and special characters.

Click here to download the working trial version of Alleghieri for either WINDOWS or MacOS Or you can purchase this font online and get it quickly by email, including all the alternate and additional characters – BUY IT NOW

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New Font – Huyot Art Nouveau Script http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/new-font-huyot/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/new-font-huyot/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:44:53 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9923
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Huyot is based on the lettering of George Auriol, the Art Nouveau designer and poet who produced posters and menus for the popular nightclub Le Chat Noir in Paris in the 1890s.

Auriol designed a number of fonts derived from his lettering, but we went to the original hand lettered examples to create a design more true to the Japanese influenced lettering on early poster and playbill designs.  It takes it’s name for Auriol’s original name, Jean-Georges Huyot.

You can try out the free limited feature version of Huyot with our DEMO, and the full version of Huyot is available for purchase on our ORDERING PAGE

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Paul Woodroffe – Songs from Shakespeare http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/paul-woodroffe-songs-from-shakespeare/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/paul-woodroffe-songs-from-shakespeare/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:31:33 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9889 frontispieceIn the early 20th century there was a real boom in the market for high end books with a corresponding increase in the work of contemporary illustrators. The most famous artist to emerge in this period was Arthur Rackham, but he was joined by many others like William Russell Flint, Eleanor Brickdale and Frank Brangwyn, some of whom were incredibly talented in their own right.

One standout among these illustrators was Paul Woodroffe, an English artist who also worked in stained glass. He started out illustrating fairy tales and moved on to works on Roman History and was particularly known for his illustrations of Shakespeare.

We previously produced a collection of his illustrations for “The Tempest” which can be purchased for just $12 HERE. Now we are offering a collection of his illustrations for “Songs from the Plays of Shakespeare,” a popular collection of musical excerpts from the plays.

These include fully illustrated pages, cleaned up and easily usable borders from the illustated pages, and marginalia. The whole set is only $12 and can be purchased in our online store and downloaded immediately.

Selected samples of the illustrations are shown below.

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Letterpress Font Collection http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/letterpress-fonts-collection/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/letterpress-fonts-collection/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:03:49 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=2756


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Letterpress printing is one of the oldest and simplest forms of printing, using letters carved into wooden blocks or cut from a rubbery material and attached to the blocks and then printed as a whole page composed of multiple elements. Today it is used primarily for poster printing by presses like Hatch Show Prints which have preserved the old type and presses and continue to print the way they did a hundred or more years ago.

Stylistically, letterpress printing is characterized by the use of large, block type, simple printer’s ornaments and sometimes limited attention to making all of the characters match in exactly the same style. Substitution of letters from a vaguely similar font into a line of type by accident or intent is quite common. Because of the primitive printing methods and the age and wear on the type flaws like nicks and faded areas are also quite common, plus there are rarely sharp corners or small serifs as they tended to degrade or tear off. It’s also common to see Letterpress posters where the type has been set with virtually no white space, with the entire printing space filled with type or with solid blank spaces. Because the technology is old, a lot of the font styles are also antique looking, reminiscent of those found in our Wild West font collection.

Our new collection of letterpress fonts is based on type commonly used in letterpress printing, derived from old posters and in some cases directly from letterpress type blocks. It includes a variety of weights and styles and many of the fonts are brand new releases developed specifically for the package. In addition to several of the typical bold sans serif fonts like Caelian and Letterpress Gothic, it includes a couple of “circus” style fonts with Boomtown and Big Show, a couple of heavy weight serif fonts with Plymouth and Bastion, a couple of lighter weight fonts with Stampwork and Atkinson Egyptian and finally two more ornate fonts from the German tradition popular in the midwest at the turn of the last century with Plakat and Wolfram. It’s a nice variety of fonts and everything you need to make good letterpress-style designs like those we’ve features in our recent articles on Hatch Show Prints

All of our letterpress fonts are available individually – just click on the image shown here – or you can get the complete package with all the fonts for only $59. The package is available for Windows or Macintosh, including both TrueType and Postscript fonts. The special introductory price is only going to last only through the end of November. You can order our Letterpress Fonts collection online and dowload it immediately. Just CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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Soiree – Elegant Art Deco Font http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/soiree-elegant-art-deco-font/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/soiree-elegant-art-deco-font/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:19:24 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9869
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Soiree is an elegant font in the Art Deco tradition. It has extremely contrasting weighting, with very wide ascenders on the left of the characters and very narrow lines on the right side of the characters. This produces a very formal look great for menu titles and special event invitations.

You can try out the free limited feature version of Soiree with our DEMO, and the full version of Soiree is available for purchase on our ORDERING PAGE

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An Overview of Our Russian Fonts http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/an-overview-of-our-russian-fonts/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/an-overview-of-our-russian-fonts/#respond Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:34:14 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9860 In honor of the October Revolution (which was actually in November) I thought it would be good to draw attention to our rich selection of Russian theme and Russian Language fonts.

The first and most unusual package we offer is our Russian Folk Art collection. It is based on designs from the Art Nouveau period in Russia with a heavy emphasis on the lettering and art of Ivan Bilibin.

The art is wonderful and there’s a lot of it and the fonts are folksy and evocative of the period prior to the revolution. They include both Cyrillic fonts and fonts using Latin characters with a Russian look.

Full information on this package is available HERE.

 

constructivistSecond, there is our Constructivist Fonts Package with fonts originating from the period after the revolution inspired by designers like Alexander Rodchenko.  It includes  some truly striking fonts like the Death Ray font based on Rodchenko’s poster designs.

Complete details on this package can be found HERE.

For those looking for technically excellent Russian language fonts in the Cyrillic alphabet with an unusual look we developed versions of four of our most popular fonts in Cyrillic.  These were originally developed for the Disney corporation but we retained the rights so you benefit from their needs. Buccaneer, Scurlock, Folkard and Brandywine are available with full Cyrillic character sets.

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, we have an older collection of Russian language fonts with full or modified Cyrillic character sets.  They are less exciting but they are inexpensive and practical.  They can be ordered HERE.5003

 

 

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The Art of Eleanor Brickdale http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/the-art-of-eleanore-brickdale/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/the-art-of-eleanore-brickdale/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:02:55 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=1571







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Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale was one of the great illustrators of the later Victorian era, even though she is not as well known as some of her male contemporaries. She was strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites like Waterhouse and Millais, and studied with Lord Leighton. Her work also shows the influence of the Art Nouveau period and even the Impressionists, but it remains unique in its combination of modern and classical elements and its extraordinary technical excellence.

Brickdale’s illustrations have many portrait-like qualities, and while they have some similarity in the formal poses and rich color to the work of Sir William Russell Flint, her subjects personalities shine through in a way which Flint’s work never achieved. She also gave many of her images a faux-medieval look with elaborate stylized backgrounds and even painted text frames and decorations. She was particularly adept with images of winged angels and spirits which appear in many of her works.

This new, expanded version of our Brickdale collection draws on all of her major works and includes illustrations for Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, Browning’s Dramatis Personae, Palgrave’s Golden Treasury and a number of other works. Her interpretations of these classic poems of the Victorian and Romantic eras bring to life characters like Sir Lancelot and the Pied Piper in a style which is unique and entrancing. Her work is particularly characterized by the brilliant, lively colors, realistic faces and depictions of angelic figures amid everyday life.

Our Eleanore Brickdale package is available for only $69 and includes a over 100 full-color illustrations in high resolution suitable for use in print, as well as bonus content, including a large selection of black and white borders, marginalia and decorations. As with all of our art packages the images are licensed for you to use in your designs and projects.

The easiest way to get this package is to order it online. To order online, just CLICK HERE .

If you like the Eleanor Brickdale colleciton, you might also like the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and Sir William Russell Flint, who come from the same time period and are similar in style. Just click here to check out the FLINT page or take a look at PRE-RAPHAELITE page instead.

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Rude Beast – A New Font for Halloween http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/rude-beast-a-new-font/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/rude-beast-a-new-font/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:05:42 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9815
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For Halloween we’re offering a special font inspired by horror comics with an unusual look and some great decorative custom characters. Rude Beast is a rough, bold font with squared character shapes.

The font includes two upper case character sets with different versions of the letters, plus bonus characters for making stylistically compatible

The font is inspired by horror comics of the 1970s, like Eerie and Creepy and the work of Bernie Wrightson who did a great illustrated Frankenstein for Marvel Comics in the early 1980s.

You can try out the free limited feature version of Rude Beast with our DEMO, and the full version of Rude Beast is available for purchase on our ORDERING PAGE

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Horror Fonts and Art for Halloween http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/horrific-fonts-and-art-for-halloween/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/horrific-fonts-and-art-for-halloween/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:19:30 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=139 For years here a the Scriptorium we've been developing fonts and collecting unique art which is perfect for Halloween and putting it together into packages which we promote through our Boneyard Fonts site. After 9 years we've put together a gruesomely provocative collection of fonts and art, adding new items every year around Halloween. We're now up to almost 40 fonts, plus art from great masters of the macabre like J. G. Posada, Edmund Dulac, Willy Pogany and Harry Clarke. You'll find everything you need for any Halloween or other horrific design project.]]> For years here at the Scriptorium we’ve been developing fonts and collecting unique art which is perfect for Halloween and putting it together into packages which we promote through our Boneyard Fonts site. After many years collecting fonts and art we’ve put together a gruesomely provocative collection of fonts and art, adding new items every year around Halloween. We’re now up to almost 40 fonts, plus art from great masters of the macabre like J. G. Posada, Edmund Dulac, Willy Pogany and Harry Clarke. You’ll find everything you need for any Halloween or other horrific design project.

Recent additions to the collection include two new fonts based on title lettering from classic Hammer horror films, plus a great selection of images based on the unique Calavera illustrations by revolutionary Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. These show skeletons engaged in a variety of typical daily activities, featuring a certain amount of political and social commentary, but also a nice dose of macabre humor. We also have several Posada fonts in development, but don’t expect them until next year.

Our collected horror images and fonts are organized into three separate package, the Diabolic Fonts and Art collection, the Macabre Fonts and Art collection and the Halloween Fonts and Art collection. They’re available individually or in a discounted combo package. All of the fonts are also available individually. Read on for some details on the three horror fonts and art packages.

HALLOWEEN FONTS AND ART













The Halloween Fonts and Art package includes some of our wildest and most unusual fonts, plus all of the large selection of colorful custom Halloween graphics we’ve assembled over the years, including frames, borders, decorative tiles, buttons and emblems. It’s excellent for web, poster or flyer design.

The fonts in this package include the Halloweenies font and many of our fonts based on title lettering from popular horror movies like the new Veronique and Paleos fonts, and some great fonts for spooky text and titles like Sanguinary and Ironworks. If you want to see larger samples of the fonts just click on the small samples to the right. If you want to take a closer look at some of the images in this package you can just CLICK HERE. There are a total of 12 fonts included in the package, plus many images.

This collection is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Macabre and Diabolic packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE

MACABRE FONTS AND ART











Our Macabre Fonts and Art package features fonts and arts with the flavor of the grave. We’re talking morbid images and skulls and skeletons galore. In this package you’ll find some of our best horrific art and some very unusual fonts. It’s great for more sophisticated design projects which need a more degenerate, gothy look.

The fonts in this package include all of our skeletal fonts like Golgotha, Skull and Bones and the classic Boneyard, plus stylish and unusual script fonts and titling fonts like the very popular Valdemar which will be featured in the marketing for the Harry Potter movies. The art in this package is particularly appealing. It has both Edmund Dulac’s illustrations for Poe’s poetry and Harry Clarke’s illustrations and decorative marginalia for Poe’s “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”. Plus this package includes our newest art feature, Jose Guadalupe Posada’s “Calavera” illustrations of skeletons doing all sorts of odd things. To see a more detailed sample of any font just click on the image of it to the right. If you want to take a look at some of the art in this package just CLICK HERE. There are a total of 12 fonts included in the package, in addition to the scores of high quality images.

This package is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Halloween and Diabolic packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE

DIABOLIC FONTS AND ART











This collection leans towards the arcane and supernatural, with fonts based on mystical languages and containing
magical symbols, or which look just plain evil. The art fits with the theme, drawn mostly from illustrations for Faust.

Among the fun fonts in this package are Goetic and Malachim two mystical language fonts, our scariest titling fonts Dementia, Sabanak and Sepultura, plus the new Diabolus arcane initials font and our two popular Voodoo symbology fonts Veve and Guede. The images in this package include illustrations for Faust by both Willy Pogany and Harry Clarke, plus Clarke’s fantastic black and white marginalia for his edition of Faust. To see a more detailed sample of any font just click on the image of it to the right. If you want to take a closer look at some of the images in this package you can just CLICK HERE.

This new package is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Macabre and Halloween packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE

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