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New Font – Crane Gothic

One of the artists whose works we’ve been acquiring actively in the last couple of years is influential arts and crafts era illustrator, author and designer Walter Crane. Crane’s childrens books, illustrated classics and collections of Shakespearean woodcuts are outstanding examples of the best of work of the artist as craftsman and are characterized by both technical skill and a unique retrospective vision which typefies the best of the late 19th century Arts and Crafts movement.

Although not as recognized today or as great a critical success, in many ways Crane outshines even the great William Morris. While his written works are not as highly regarded as Morris’ poems and novels and he never made the same kind of mark in interior design (though his wallpaper designs are arguably much more inventive than any of Morris’ work), Crane’s artistic and literary output was enormous, and his success in taking the arts and crafts style into the commericical mass market was remarkable. Crane had the attention to detail which is the mark of the true craftsman. He wrote, designed, illustrated and often hand lettered his books and even had a hand in the printing, binding and publishing in many cases. Crane made it his goal to produce remarkable illustrated works for children at a price which the common man could afford. He was also active as an art teacher throughout his career, mentored many students and left behind a number of very informative texts on art and design.

We’ve been working on fonts from small samples of his lettering to include in the Walter Crane package we have in development and it’s been a challenge because most of the samples we’ve had to work from are limited and require a lot of extrapolation. Then, much to our surprise, a parallel project of acquiring books by noted paleographer Lewis Day turned up a Day book with a couple of full sample alphabets hand lettered by Crane. It was a real breakthrough for the project, giving us a nucleus of the font collection which will eventually be in the package.

The first of our Walter Crane fonts is Crane Gothic, based on lettering which offers a unique and original interpretation of late gothic inscribed lettering characteristic of 16th century monumental brasses and stone carvings. It has a full character set with capitals and small caps, plus numbers and punctuation. You can download and try out the free demo version of Crane Gothic (will work on Mac or PC). If you like it you can buy the complete character set with all the extra features from our Ordering Site.

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  1. Walter Crane: The Baby’s Aesop | Fontcraft: Scriptorium Fonts, Art and Design on March 11th, 2009

    [...] also have a collection of fonts based on Crane lettering in development, like our recently released Crane Gothic [...]

  2. Walter Crane’s The Baby’s Opera | Fontcraft: Scriptorium Fonts, Art and Design on July 15th, 2009

    [...] also have a collection of fonts based on Crane lettering in development, like our recently released Crane Gothic font and plan to release more Crane fonts in the [...]

  3. Walter Crane’s The Baby’s Opera | TypeSmith Fonts and Font Design on July 27th, 2009

    [...] also have a collection of fonts based on Crane lettering in development, like our recently released Crane Gothic font and plan to release more Crane fonts in the [...]

  4. sanchez carriel on October 16th, 2009

    im looking for old styled spanish calligraphy… maybe from the romance period…. its important and asap. i was hoping you could please help me , thank you

  5. Kids 2009 Blog on September 27th, 2010

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