Fontcraft: Scriptorium Fonts, Art and Design Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:16:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Live Free – A Free Font Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:16:16 +0000 livefreemfAs a general rule we don’t like to mix business with politics, but in this unique election season when it offers us the opportunity to make a free font available, we blur the lines a little.

We recently undertook to design a unique logo font for the transpartisan outreach wing of the Gary Johnson presidential campaign. They needed something bold and unique and suitable for use on buttons, signs and bumper stickers with some unique characters appropriate for a Libertarian campaign trying to appeal to Republican and Democrat voters.

The result is our Live Free font, named after Johnson’s original campaign slogan. It features bold and unusual looking upper case characters, plus numbers and punctuation and special characters to replace the Os with political party symbols.  Best of all it is free so you can design your own graphics supporting the campaign.

You can download the font for free HERE. To purchase campaign merchandise designed with the font, go to LIBERTY UNCHAINED and if you don’t like Trump or Hillary and want to vote for someone sane and reasonable, go to the CAMPAIGN WEBSITE and make a donation.


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Marfield Font Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:10:03 +0000 marfieldmfMarfield is a fancy art nouveau era title font with relatively heavy character forms and neat little curled embellishments. The standard character set includes two different versions of most of the characters for nice variety.

It’s an excellent font for headers, posters or other decorative uses. It will probably eventually be added to our Art Nouveau collection.

You can try out the free demo version of Marfield for either MacOS or Windows, and the full version of Marfield is available on our Ordering Site

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Fall Single Font Sale Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:18:40 +0000 fallsaleAs the cool breezes of Fall begin to waft through the trees and even here in Texas we can smell a change in the air with the sudden deluge of elm leaves – prices fall with the leaves – what could be a better deal than a sale on single fonts to start the new season?

For three weeks, through September 17th, if you place an order for an assortment of single fonts of your choice, the more you order the bigger the discount, as listed below. Your savings can be up to 50% off if you order enough fonts and we have over 600 to choose from.  That’s a lot of great fonts at an extraordinary savings.  The more you order, the more you save.  Just use the appropriate code for the level of savings and number of fonts you prefer.  Every font in our huge collection is available with this discount.


This is the best sale on single fonts we’ve ever offered.  It rivals the pricing on some of our prepackaged font collections.

2-4 Single Fonts – 20% Off – use code ALPHA
5-7 Single Fonts – 30% Off – use code BETA
8-10 Single Fonts – 40% Off – use code GAMMA
11-13 Single Fonts – 50% Off – use code DELTA
14+ Single Fonts – 60% Off – use code OMEGA

All you do is enter the code appropriate for the number of fonts you’re ordering while you’re checking out in our online store and it will give you the appropriate discount.

The discount applies to any fonts in our ONLINE STORE and there’s no top limit to the number of fonts you can order at the unprecedented 60% discount rate.

To see a sample of any font use TYPESHOW or browse our FONT GALLERY. Then just ORDER ONLINE.

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Figurative Initials Font – New Release Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:51:37 +0000

Figurative Initials are letters which take the form of a person or thing which has meaning beyond just the letter. They have been very popular over the years for teaching the alphabet to children or as decorative initials. In the early 20th century British calligrapher Vere Foster designed a set of Figurative Initials for one of his calligraphy workbooks. We have taken those initials and turned them into a font.

A is for Artillery
B is for cowBoy
C is for Carp
D is for Door
E if for Emperor
F is for Fairy
G is for Ghost
H is for Hello
I is for Eye
J is for Jew
K is for Keys
L is for Lawyer
M is for Musicians
N is for Negro
O is for ?
P is for Punchinello
Q is for ?
R is for Reaper
S is for Snake
U is for Umbrella
V is for Vanity
W is for Warrior
X is for aXeman
Y for Yankee
Z is for Zoology

The characters are detailed and unique, not really like any other Figurative Initials set.  Each one represents a depiction of something appropriate to the character, but there are some weird variations.  Some of them are sort of abstractions of the idea of the character and a few, like B and X, are strange selections for the letter they are attached to.  Some of them like J or N aren’t exactly politically correct for the 21st century. And I just can’t figure out what O and Q are supposed to represent.  In anycase, there is a full list of the meanings of the characters to the left.

You can try the DEMO version of Figurative Initials for free. It has a very limited character set – just 6 characters. You will be much happier if you ORDER the full version for only $24.



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Wildflower Initials: New Font Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:34:15 +0000

Wildflower Initials is based on a fully developed artist’s sample of decorative book initials from the late 19th century. Complete alphabets of decorative initials from any period are quite rare because certain letters are almost never actually used in published text.

The initials consist of Art Nouveau style gothic letters superimposed on detailed sketches of different wildflowers. Each letter image is unique. The result is relatively primitive but attractive and the decorations could easily be enhanced with color for a more dramatic effect.

As with all initials fonts, the characters are in the upper case position and as the font is complex it may cause memory problems on some computers.

You can try the DEMO version of Wildflower Initials for free. It has a very limited character set. You will be way happier if you ORDER the full version for only $24..



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J. M. Bergling Art Nouveau Fonts Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:45:17 +0000 Over the last few years we’ve developed a number of fonts based on the hand lettering of early 20th century calligrapher J. M. Bergling. A lot of his work fits into the Art Nouveau category and of the notable calligraphers of the period his work particularly stands out as influential in the development of Art Nouveau derived poster lettering of the psychedelic era of the 1960s.

When you look at Bergling’s designs it is impossible not to see that they are the direct antecedents of some of the most famous styles of the lettering on show posters from clubs like the Fillmore. Some of the fonts in our Psychedelic Fonts package show their influence like Hendrix and Pantagruel.

As we developed more fonts based on Bergling’s lettering it seemed inevitable that we should put together a package focusing just on his fonts, and the obvious first choice was his most typically art nouveau style designs. We had already released Belgravia and Boetia in 2008, and Belgravia was one of our featured fonts for the Font Club. That wasn’t enough fonts, so we moved two more up in our production schedule and in the last month they were completed and thus came the release of Beaumains and Bosphoros – we thought we’d stick with names starting with “B” for the series since Bergling starts with it.

So we gathered the four fonts together into a mini-collection and it’s now released and available so you can get the set at more than half off the price of buying the fonts individually. The package is only $39 and can be bought in our ONLINE STORE.

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Esperaza: Classic Font Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:55:00 +0000 esperanzamfEsperanza is one of our earliest fonts and it was due for an upgrade, so we have gone through it, fixed some problem outlines, added new spacing and kerning and adjusted the weight of some of the characters.

It’s a great, stylish scrip font with origins in the 19th century. You can get this new improved version of Esperanza online and download it right away from our ONLINE ORDERING SITE.


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New Celtic Legacy Package Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:48:51 +0000 flontlistOur first two Celtic themed packages were so popular that we kept producing new Celtic themed fonts and inevitably they eventually became the nucleus of a new collection, the Celtic Legacy Collection. Like our other packages (Celtic Vision & Celtic Fantasy) it contains 8 original fonts and collected art from various sources, focusing on Celtic initials and decoration.

The Celts produced exceptional hand-decorated books and works of calligraphy and perfected forms of Celtic Uncial calligraphy which preserved sophisticated writing techniques so that they could be reintroduced to Europe at the time of Charlemagne, leading to a reawakening of writing and literature. This package represents that legacy.

The eight fonts in this package include decorative initials and calligraphic fonts from the Celtic tradition, including many based on uncial calligraphy from Irish and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts of the early middle ages.

In addition the package has a collection of graphics of Celtic initials and borders from Owen Jones and F. Delamotte.

All of this is included with a license for your use for only $59 and you can order it online from our ONLINE STORE.

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Irish Excursion Special: Big Celtic Fonts Discount Sat, 02 Jul 2016 06:29:03 +0000 irish and celtic fonts specialDave Nalle, our noble founder, is in Ireland this week, traveling around, seeing the sights and even doing a little calligraphy research so he can write off the trip on his taxes.

While he’s away it seemed super appropriate to offer a special on our Celtic font and art packages, so we’re offering three discount codes depending on your level of interest. You can get $5 off any single Celtic font with the code IRISH05. You can get $10 off any single Celtic font and art package with the code IRISH10 and you can get $20 off of the full Celtic font and art combo, which is already discounted, with the code IRISH20.

To see all of our Irish and Celtic offerings, see our CELTIC FONTS AND ART collections page. It has links to all of the packages and you can find individual fonts in the store searching by name.

These discounts will be good through the end of the trip and he comes back on the 10th.


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Barataria and Mannerheim Fonts at Quillinan’s Estate Jewelry Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:18:59 +0000 qejA new local company is using our fonts in their advertising designs. Quillinan’s Estate Jewelry is having their grand opening in a couple of weeks and they are advertising it using our Mannerheim and Barataria fonts in their announcement.

The official Grand Opening is July 21st from 6 to 9, though the store is open from 9 to 5 before the official date. The physical store is located at 3736 Bee Cave Rd #3 in Austin, Texas, but you can view their stock online at their online gallery. They sell some beautiful vintage and antique jewelry ideal for the clientele in 13438856_10153483445880448_3084370992524738081_nWestlake Hills.

The grand opening announcement is in a very attractive Art Deco style which fits perfectly with the Mannerheim font and the formal simplicity of Bartataria is perfectly elegant in their logo design.

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