Fontcraft: Scriptorium Fonts, Art and Design http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:30:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Display Fonts Collection http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/display-fonts-collection/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/display-fonts-collection/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:27:42 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=1802

Starting in the 19th century with the explosion of popular entertainment and popular-oriented art forms, one of new form of art was the design of posters and advertisements intended to catch the imagination and generate special interest in the audience. From the advertising found in magazines and decorative fronticepieces in books to the poster art movement in France, a consciousness emerged that type and lettering could be decorative and artistic and eyecatching in a way which had previously never really been considered.

The concept of display and ornamental type started with newspaper and poster designers taking regular text styles and using them in enormous sizes, or developing italic or slightly embellished styles for emphasis within text. From these beginnings designers began to experiment with what they could do to make titles stand out even more, starting with extra bold or exaggeratedly weighted styles and increasingly more decorative and ornamental styles. Many of these early titling faces took on characteristics of traditional calligraphy, because it was the only decorative lettering which many designers were familiar with, or looked like text faces expanded and transformed.

By the middle of the 19th century type designers were experimenting with all sorts of onramental type, particularly for use in advertising and in specialized books aimed at an increasingly intellectual middle class market. Much of this type partook of the characteristics of calligraphy, but it was increasingly complex and decorative beyond the scope of simple pen-strokes.

One of the innovators in this period was William Morris, who launched the Arts and Crafts movement, which included among its interests the development of new and visually striking styles of lettering and typography, such as Morris’ own Troy type and the unique lettering of artists like Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Walter Crane.

In the last two decades of the 19th century Art Nouveau spread across Europe, emerging from the Arts and Crafts movement, but attracting a much larger popular audience. Decorative type and lettering was a major element of the Art Nouveau movement, which had strong ties to the performing arts and other visual arts which required publicity in the form of advertisements and posters.

The Art Nouveau movement spurred a renaissance in font design, but much of the art of the period was expressed in unique designs which were never made into typefaces at that time. Hand-lettered posters and advertising titles by artists like Alphons Mucha were in great demand, and the Poster Art movement grew out of Art Nouveau and the poster became the major new medium for popular art by the end of the 19th century.

The hand-lettering of Mucha influenced many other artists and designers and when Mucha returned to his native Czechoslovakia he spurred a renaissance of art and design in eastern Europe, which eventually developed into the cubist and futurist movements in art which had a great influence on designers around the world in the period
between the two world wars.

Today there is still a great demand for new and unusual display fonts. They are essential to advertising in every media, because they draw attention and give a product a signature look which sets it apart from the competition. Advances in desktop publishing have also made it possible to introduce a greater variety of fonts for titling in publications, both in print and online. As a result display fonts are available in great diversity, offering every kind of look for every kind of use.

Because the basic function of display fonts is to do titles and label things, they may not have the same character set as traditional text fonts. Display fonts often only have either upper or lower case characters, and usually don’t have extended punctuation beyond what’s normally called for in titles. They are also often designed to be bolder or more ornate than text fonts, often to an exaggerated degree, and as a result they may only really be readable at large sizes and are often poorly suited to text use. Virtually anything can be a display font, from the weirdest degenerated style to the most intricate and complex artistic fantasy.

The Scriptorium’s collection of display fonts offers exceptional variety. We have fonts based on Art Nouveau designs, early Victorian styles, hand poster lettering by artists like Alphons Mucha and unique original fonts you won’t find anywhere else. We offer over 80 display faces, all of which are available in TrueType or Postscript format for Macintosh and PC-compatible computers. They are available singly for between $18 and $24 each, or as part of discounted packages. We also offer a complete collection of all of the Display Fonts for only $129. It includes all of our display fonts, including the very latest releases.

Our single fonts and font samplers can be ordered online, by mail or by phone for delivery online or by mail. The special display fonts CD can also be ordered online or by any other means and is deliverable by mail on CD or by convenient download.

To see a large selection of individual display fonts which can be ordered online and downloaded CLICK HERE

To order the complete Display Fonts collection CLICK HERE

To order by phone call 1-512-656-8011.

Fonts in this collection. Click on name to see sample.

Abaddon
Academy
Acadian
Adamantine
Adresack
Alcalde
Angelus
Apollyon
Ariosto
Asphodel
Asrafel
Atkinson Eccentric
Averoigne
bad acid
balsamo
baphomet
basileus
bassackwards
bastion
beaumarchais
beauvoir
bedegraine
bentham
bernhardt
big iron
bilibin
black cow
brandegoris
bruges
bucephalus
butterfield
buzzhead
caesario
chambord
chelsea studio
cibola
cipango
circuit
coloma
corpus
culdrose
curetana
del norte
dementia
dementia swash
descant
desctructura
dromon
dunsany
earthpig
eglantine
elphinstone
elysian
engravers gothic
engrossing
ereshkigal
flaubert
fortinbras
fortress
ganelon lowercase
ganelon
gargantua
gehenna
goddard
goodfellow
harbinger
helzapoppin
hermia
hideous
hubbard
hyacinth
illuminata
ironclaw
irzuley
jambon
joyeuse
louisbourg
lysander
maginot
manegrim
manquo
marmyadose
mayhem
mazarin
mephisto
midian
mondial
moravia
munich
necromantic
niederwald
norumbega
oberon
odeon
orlock
paleos
pantagruel
parika
perdido
phaeton
plakat
plowright
praitor
primer
pullman
purcell
quicksilver
reggio
reynard
riudoso
rochambeau
rossetti
rousseau
samaritan
samedi
sanguinary
sanhedrin
schoolhand
semiramis
setebos
slava
slither
sprite
squiffy
starfield
stonehouse
structura
taranis
tenebris
titania
tuscarora
vafthrudnir
valdemar
vasilisa
vrubel
walhall
waziri
windlass
yazata

To get an idea of what our display fonts are like, try out the demo version of our Dromon font. It should give you a good idea of what our display fonts can look like on your computer.

Download Deomon for Windows or for Macintosh.

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Happy Birthday to CFA Voysey http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/happy-birthday-to-cfa-voysey/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/happy-birthday-to-cfa-voysey/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:28:30 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9525 rp_broadleymf.jpgLast week was the 159th anniversary of Arts and Crafts pioneer CFA Voysey. Voysey was an architect who worked on the principle of form following function and the idea that designers should engage in the entire process of decorating and furnishing a home, popularized contemporaneously by designers like William Morris and later by Frank Lloyd Wright.

voyseymfSome time ago we designed a font based on Voysey’s hand lettering on one of his fabric designs, but for some reason we never released it. However, we did release the Broadley font which is based on the lettering from his architectural drawings, particularly those for Broad Leys house which is the only Voysey house currently open to the public and even available to stay in as a B&B. They use a wretched, badly kerned font instead of our font on their page, but it’s at least period-appropriate.

We’re finally correcting our oversight and releasing our original Voysey font specially for Voysey’s birthday. It has a single upper case character set plus unique numbers and punctuation. It’s a simple design, but charming looking. We’re also including several textures based on Voysey textile designs with the font. You can purchase and download the package in our ONLINE STORE.

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Calligraphy Fonts Collection http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/calligraphy-fonts-collection/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/calligraphy-fonts-collection/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 14:07:45 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=2403

When scribes first put pen to page they began the long struggle to control the written form of language and balance the demands of form and function. From humble beginnings adapting inscriptive lettering to other media, the stylistic and functional demands on written language have grown and changed and over the centuries writing has become an art form as well as a vital tool.

Early writing was often carved in stone or wood, which imposed a certain angularity of style. In the Roman period, as more and more written records were kept on vellum and papyrus, the scribes faced different restrictions and the shapes and characters of the letters began to change, becoming more
rounded and often more decorative. By the 6th or 7th century a wide diversity of distinct calligraphic styles had emerged, from the open uncial styles of Northern Europe to the formal styles of Lobmardic documents and the rough, informal lettering of Roman bureaucrats.

After the decline of Rome the focus of learning and of the written arts moved to the north and west, with much of the cultural tradition of the ancient world being preserved in the cloisters of Ireland and the British Isles. Irish monastic culture spread through Europe in the so-called Dark Ages, taking with it new styles of lettering derived from the insular minuscule and uncial styles.

With the rise in ascendancy of the Church of Rome more formal and elaborate lettering styles began to become popular. Putting aside the somewhat paganistic ornamentation of the Celtic period, the gothic styles began to emerge, with more rigid and angular character forms and elaborate majuscule letters, taking on some of the character of the complex architectural style of the high middle ages.

Gothic styles remained popular until the advent of printing, and even into the modern era in printed form in Germany and other parts of Northern Europe.

By the 14th century diversity began to reemerge in writing styles. With the growth of the middle class in England and the lowland countries, secular literacy began to increase, and a demand developed for calligraphic styles which were legible, attractive and also efficient enough to allow manuscripts to be reproduced rapidly and commercially. This period saw the emergency of court and chancery hands, informal gothic variations and the growth of the popular Bastarda or Lettres Batarde hybrid lettering style which became the standard for secular writing.

Even with printing on the horizon, the Renaissance saw the emergence of new lettering styles as widespread literacy created great demand for easy to read and quick to write styles, such as the humanist cursives of Renaissance Italy.

Early printing emerged in a variety of styles based on the diversity of calligraphic styles popular in the early modern period, but even as printing became more standardized, calligraphy did not disappear. Hand lettering remained the standard for decorative titles, captions, posters, maps and many other uses, but moved more and more into the realm of the artist. Illustrators and poster artists of the 19th century produced a diversity of unique lettering styles, from the radical slavic excesses of Alphons Mucha to the playful pseudo-uncials of Howard Pyle and Charles Folkard.

The Scriptorium’s collection of historic calligraphy is unrivaled. We offer over 140 fonts based on specific historical or artistic styles, from Roman to Medieval to modern times. All of these fonts come in TrueType or Postscript format for Macintosh and PC-compatible computers. They are available singly for between $12 and $24 each, or as a collection in a highly discounted package. The new fourth edition of our calligraphic fonts CD package is only $169. It includes all of our calligraphic fonts (over 140 at last count), plus parchment and vellum textures to simulate the look of antique papers and other surfaces.

Our single fonts complete calligraphic fonts CD can be ordered online, by mail or by phone for delivery online or by mail. To order our Complete Calligraphic Fonts collection with over 140 fonts online go to ONLINE ORDERING or if you prefer to buy your calligraphic fonts individually, try our SINGLE FONTS SECTION.

To order by phone call 1-512-656-8011.

To get an idea of what our calligraphic fonts are like, try out the shareware version of Offenbach Chancery. It doesn’t have all of the punctuation and special characters, but should give you a good idea of what calligraphic fonts can look like on your computer.

Download Offenbach for Windows (PKZip). Download Offenbach for MacOS (StuffIt).

Selected fonts in this collection. Click on name to see sample.

Allegheny
Alleghieri
Allembert
Allencon
Altenburg
Altgothic
Aneirin
Antioch Uncial
Azariel
Baraquiel
Bastarda
Belphebe
Benevento
Bienville
Bilitis
Brandywine
Brigida
Broceliande
Burgundian
Cadeaulx
Caliph
Carissimi
Carmilla
Carmilla Swash
Castiglione
Caswallon
Chaillot
Cicero
Clairveaux
Collins Old English
Constance
Corabael
Corbei Uncial
Courtrai
Coverack
Cymbeline
Dahaut
Daresiel
De Bellis
Durrow
Fabliaux
Falconis
Fiorenza
Folkard
Formidable
Franconian
Froissart
Gaiseric
Ghost Gothic
Gjallarhorn
Glendower
Gloriana
Hanes Italic
Hesperides
Interlude
Iphegenia
Isfahan
Jerash
John Speed Ornamental
John Speed
Koch Fantasie
Koch Gothic
Langhorne
Ligeia
Lindisfarne
Lyonesse
Macteris Uncial
Magdeburg
Magdelena
Malagua
Malebroche
Martel
Melcheburn
Melusine
Minerva
Morgow
Morris Black Letter
Offenbach Chancery
Orphiel
Padstow
Palmieri
Pavane
Perigord
Platthand
Pomponianus
Pontifica
Pontificaswash
Potsdam
Prelude
Procopius
Publius
Pyle Gothic
Queensland
Rackham Italic
Rackham
Ranegund
Ravenna
Rheingold
Rosalinde
Rudolfo Swash
Rudolfo
Sanctum
Scrawlies
Scurlock
Serendib
Stonecross
Stuttgart Gothic
Sualtim
Surtur
Talleyrand
Terpsichore
Textura Quadrata
Teyrnon
Theodoric
Trinculo
Tyrfing
Undine
Vespasiano
Vivat
Volund
Walsingham
Wanax
Wittenbach
Zahariel
Zothique

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Bucephalus – Classic Font http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/bucephalus-classic-font/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/bucephalus-classic-font/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 07:10:05 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9514 bucephalusmfBucephalus is a classic Art Nouveau style font, one of the first that we ever released back in the early 1990s. It has gone through several revisions since then, the latest featuring improved character outlines and kerning, plus an expanded foreign language character set.

Bucephalus takes it’s name from Alexander the Great’s horse, because the curved form of the characters is reminiscent of the curved necks of antique Greek horses cast in bronze.

You can order Bucephalus online and download it right away from our ONLINE ORDERING SITE.

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American Beauties by Harrison Fisher http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/american-beauties-by-harrison-fisher/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/american-beauties-by-harrison-fisher/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 13:21:54 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=5117 This is something very different from our usual offerings, but it caught my eye at a rare book store and I just couldn’t resist it. American Beauties was published in 1909 and takes its theme from the popular show rose of the same name. It’s an example of a particular kind of illustrated book which was popular in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, a portrait showcase of beautiful women presented in fanciful clothing in a style which is soft, reverent and very much idealized. There’s something subtly erotic about the portraits, hinting at the pinup art which this genre would eventually evolve into after the First world War.

American Beauties combines really bad poetry by Harrison Fisher (which we have not included in the collection) with his outstanding portraits in subtle pastels and appealing frames and decorations by E. Stetson Crawford. Fisher is most known for his fashion illustrations for major magazines like and the examples of period women’s fashions and hairstyles add another interesting aspect to the illustrations.

We’ve gathered the illustrations and decorations from American Beauties into a complete package with the decorations and frames prepared for use in your own designs and the portraits cleaned up and digitally color adjusted. There are a total of 20 portraits and a dozen frames and decorations in the package. You can see the images sampled in the slideshow accompanying this article.

The package can be ordered online and downloaded immediately for just $39. Just go directly to our ONLINE STORE.

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Oriental Fonts Collection http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/oriental-fonts-collection/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/oriental-fonts-collection/#comments Sat, 14 May 2016 08:01:22 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=2663 Over the years we’ve designed fonts on just about every theme, and one which we’ve come back to now and again is fonts which capture the spirit of the Far East. The orient offers rich source materials with cultures where calligraphy was valued as an art, not just a means of communication. . We’ve developed enough of these fonts now that they’re worth putting together into a special collection.

The new Oriental Fonts Collection inlcudes five original fonts. While they don’t have true oriental language characters in them, they are designed to give the look of the Far East to text written in the Latin alphabet for western readers. Cipango and Asphodel are based on advertising and packaging lettering from the early 20th century of the sort you would find on products imported from the east. Suchow is a very traditional font which creates western characters from brush strokes similar to those in Chinese calligraphy. Yoshitoshi has the look of Japanese brush strokes derived from the work of legendary illustrator Yoshi Toshi. Katisha is a fanciful, almost gothic interpretation of oriental lettering with ornate and decorative characters.

The package includes all 5 fonts together at a much lower price than if you were to buy them separately. You can get the whole set for $39 and save more than $40. Even better, you can order online and take delivery by immediate download in our ONLINE STORE..

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McMurtrie Historic Borders http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/mcmurtrie-historic-borders/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/mcmurtrie-historic-borders/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 21:26:48 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9492 eborders48If you liked our Elizabethan Fonts you need some historic borders to go with them and we have just the thing.

In the 1920s Douglas C. McMurtrie published a great collection of historic woodcut borders dating from the 15th century to the 19th century. It includes elaborate decorative pieces in a number of styles and includes great examples by William Morris and Walter Crane among others.

We have collected all of the borders in McMurtrie’s book and put them together into a single package with over 50 borders plus assorted emblems and decorations, all in high resolution and digitally corrected to make them easy to use in your projects, with an appropriate reprint license.

You can see all of the borders in the video below and you can ORDER them for just $39 as our Historic Borders Collection.

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Elizabethan Script Font Set http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/elizabethan-script-font-set/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/elizabethan-script-font-set/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 05:59:49 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9481
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A major design project has finally come to fruition, a special collection of compatible fonts which form a comprehensive survey of variants of Elizabethan era cursive script lettering. This set consists of four fonts which include at least four variant forms of every upper and lower case character, all stylistically compatible so you can mix and match to create enormous amounts of variation.

The characters include some extreme variations and highly decorative versions and also broken and degenerated forms. The fonts are only available as a set, ready for you to use to create realistic documents from the Elizabethan era.

If you like these fonts you should also take a look at our other Elizabethan fonts, John Speed and Platthand.

You can try the DEMO version of Elizabethan Script, with one set of selected characters, for free. It’s good for getting a feel for the font, but you will be way happier if you ORDER the full version of all four fonts for only $49..
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Old French Nursery Songs Illustrated by Anne Anderson http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/old-french-nursery-songs-illustrated-by-anne-anderson/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/old-french-nursery-songs-illustrated-by-anne-anderson/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 15:50:28 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9466 nsongs1Our latest mini-package is a collection of illustrations by early 20th century illustrator Anne Anderson. We had an opportunity to acquire a number of her illustrated books for children from an estate sale and the first we’ve processed is “Old French Nursery Songs” which we are making available as an introduction to her art. She is a less well-known illustrator, but her evocative style is unusual and her talent is underniable

This mini-package contains all of the color plates from the book. It will eventually be part of an Anne Anderson package, but for now it is available to download for only $8. It contains 8 large size images, which are previewed below. You can download it from our ONLINE STORE.

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Saxon Initials: New Font http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/saxon-initials-new-font/ http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/saxon-initials-new-font/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:54:03 +0000 http://www.fontcraft.com/fontcraft/?p=9460
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Well here’s a cool new font. But though the font is new it is based on something very old. Saxon Initials is based on early medieval manuscript lettering recreated by F. G. Delamotte in the mid-19th century. It’s just the basic character set, but it was very challenging to digitize because of the many fine lines and shading.

You can try the DEMO version of Saxon Initials for free. It has a limited character set and prints the word demo way to often. You will be way happier if you ORDER the full version for only $24..
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