New Font – Stampwork

New Font – Stampwork

Something old. Something new. We’ve done a lot of fonts lately based on antique type and lettering, so here’s something brand new, a font designed to look like the output of a rubber stamp. It’s in the tradition of our Draughtwork and Roughwork fonts, with a sort of technical look. Stampwork has two versions of the uppercase character set. One …


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Textures and Patterns in Web Design

One of the best ways to give a website color and character is through the effective use of textures and patterns. Rather than just relying on flat color, by mixing color with the variety of textures and patterns you can catch the eyes of viewers and make your graphics really riveting. What is a texture and what is a pattern? …


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New Font – Woburn Initials

It’s been quite a while since we did an initials font, so here is Woburn, a lovely set of floriate initials based on an early woodblock design which uses late gothic characters and adds nice, clean floral embellishments. Woburn is big and decorative, but the characters are very clear and clean. As a bonus we’ve added a full lowercase character …


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Malvern Font

Malvern is a new Celtic-style font with upper case letters which are an attractive variant on insular minuscule lettering but with a unique lowercase character set which is stylistically compatible but not really part of the Celtic tradition. It fits well with the style of the fonts from our Celtic Fantasy collection, which it will probably eventually be added to. …


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The Fonts of Spiderwick

Spiderwick Chronicles movie opening this weekend a lot of people are out looking for the evocative fantasy-style fonts used in the movie and in the books. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that almost all of the fonts used in both the original books, the movie and the books based on the movie are from the Scriptorium. In …


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Fonts Playing Pirate

The designers at Disney know good fonts when they see them, and they’ve regularly used fonts from our Colonial Fonts package in various projects related to Pirates of the Carribean. Their latest appearance is in the new online game based on the movie series. It is a graphically rich massively multi-player online roleplaying game. You can download the basic application …


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New Font: Valentin

Valentin is an Art Nouveau font with an eccentric, stylized look. It has the same fixed-weight characteristics as Ganelon and Gaheris, but the character forms are dramatically different. It’s clean and clear and very readable, very much the kind of lettering you’d have seen on 1920s vaudeville playbills. The graphic with the letter sample to the right isn’t part of …


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John Stossel on Graphic Desgn

Not necessarily profound, but amusing and I can’t argue with his first point. This aired last year on 20/20 in case you missed it, which would be pretty easy given its brevity. There we go. Now the site is all hip and cool with video. Dave


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Digital Coloring Books

The Scriptorium’s Digital Coloring Books are collections of classic illustrations idealy suited for coloring on computer or with crayon, pencil or pen. Unlike a traditional coloring book, the digital format allows you to color on your computer or to print out multiple copies of images so they can be colored again and again. Our Digital Coloring Books are designed for …


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Welcome to the Scriptorium Beta Site

Welcome to the beta version of the new Scriptorium/Fontcraft site. Almost everything is working, though there’s still some tweaking to be done. In the beta process we’d welcome comments and suggestions. You can leave them at the end of this post. Dave


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Credit Where Due

One of my perennial complaints about the font business is how little recognition fonts get for the contributions they make to books and other media. In books you’ll usually see a credit for the cover art and for the editing, but how often do you see a credit for the design of the fonts which appear on every page? Even …


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New Ivan Bilibin T-Shirt Available

Our newest t-shirt design is  based on the unique folktale art of Russian master Ivan Bilibin. It was released in conjunction with our updated version of our Russian Folk Art package a few months ago.  The shirt design is a preview of what’s to come in the new package, which includes over 60 new images including full page illustrations and …


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New Font: Broadley

Yorkshire-born architect and designer C. F. A. Voysey was one of the preeminent figures of the later period of the Arts and Crafts movement. He was England’s answer to his more famous American contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright. Voysey’s designs were ambitious and comprehensive and included not only basic architecture, but also interior design, decoration and furniture. Voysey’s work was reminiscent …


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New Font: Posada

José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican printer, engraver, cartoonist and illustrator of the late 19th and early 20th century who was enormously influential on the development of Mexican Folk art styles which continue today. Posada is best known for his Calavera cartoons and illustrations which satirized his fellow Mexicans as skeletons in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Many …


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Queen Mab T-Shirt

We’ve added another unique shirt to our fashionwear line. The new design is called ‘Queen Mab’ and combines a beautiful illustration of the fairy queen with the text of Mercutio’s speech describing her from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. It uses several attractive and appropriate fonts, including Hesperides for the main text of the poem and Ardenwood for the fanciful title. …


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Sighting – Joan of Arc Brie

There’s nothing more exciting than going down to the supermarket and finding a product right there on the shelf featuring one of our fonts. Even better if it’s a product that the family likes to consume and I can bring it home and show it to the wife and kids and point to the font as one I designed or …


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