The World of Steampunk

The World of Steampunk

Steampunk is an increasingly popular literary genre which explores science fiction themes from the perspective of the Victorian era and based on technology extrapolated from the science and engineering capabilities of the 18th and 19th centuries. It has its earliest roots in the speculative writing of Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. It emerged as …


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Classic Font: Pyle Gothic

From out of the distant past, we bring one of our very oldest fonts, back in a revised and improved version, rescued from the mists of obscurity. Pyle Gothic was first released in 1993 and was our first font based on the lettering of legednary illustrator Howard Pyle. It’s taken from samples of his crude woodcut gothic title and caption …


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Review: New Books from James Blaylock

Sometimes it may seem like what I write here comes a bit out of left field, but rest assured there’s always method to my madness. In this case a bit of foreshadowing, or laying the groundwork for what’s to come a bit down the road. Which brings us the James Blaylock and his work, including his most recent novel, The …


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Goldwork Font

Goldwork is a new font based on lettering designed for metalworking inscriptions in the 17th century. It’s in the tradition of other fonts we’ve done based on engraved letters like Monumental Initials and Engravers Gothic. It has some quirky characteristics which are unusual for late gothic lettering, as well as some strange carryovers from earlier styles, not surprising for a …


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Designing with Decorative Initials

Decorative Initials font consists of characters which combine basic letter forms with artistic embellishment, often in the form of floral or geometric patterns used as a background or intertwined with the letter. Decorative Initials have their origins in medieval manuscript decoration where complex and colorful characters were used to make a manuscript page more attractive. Most Decorative Initials fonts have …


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Seashore: Simple GIMP Image Editing for the Mac

When I previously reviewed the powerful but geeky GIMP image editor, I found fault with the difficulty of installation and unfamiliarity of the structure for novices and especially for Mac users. As it turns out, Mark Pazolli has adapted the basic GIMP engine to create Seashore, an image editor for the MacOS which addresses many of the concerns I had …


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Classic Font: Offenbach Chancery

Our featured classic font for this month is a special selection for Christmas, one of our most popular fonts for designing seasonal cards, our classic blackletter style font, Offenbach Chancery. Offenbach Chancery is based on samples of 18th century German gothic calligraphy. It has a simple and elegant lowercase character set with ornate and decorative uppercase characters. It’s one of …


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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has made a very impressive transition from writing popular graphic novels like Sandman to some very successful adult-oriented fantasy novels, including the recent Anansi Boys. Along the way he’s also produced all sorts of other interesting expressions of his storytelling skills, including movies based on his books like the forthcoming animated film based on his childrens graphic novel …


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New Font: Atkinson Egyptian

We’ve done several fonts based on lettering from early 20th century sign designer Frank Atkinson, including Atkinson Eccenteric and Plowright. Along the way we also developed a font based on one of Atkinson’s lettering samples which he called Atkinson Egyptian, despite the fact that the only relationship it has to what most people call ‘egyptian’ type or lettering is that …


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Classic Font: Skull and Bones

In honor of Halloween our featured classic font for this month is the playful yet Macabre font Skull and Bones. As you might suspect from the name, the characters in this font are made up of combinations of skulls and bones, including leg bones and gruesome articulated spines, as well as some merry little stylized skulls. It’s rather like a …


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New Font – Crane Gothic

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 …


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Review: Compositor

In my ongoing quest for a low priced and powerful alternative to Photoshop I recently stumbled on an interesting graphic design package called Compositor from Artly There Software. The name Compositor is a reference to the process of photo compositing where images are combined together to create a new composite image, as in blue or green screening in movies. You …


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