New Font: Atkinson Boomtown

New Font: Atkinson Boomtown

Boomtown is based on hand lettering by early 20th century sign artist Frank Atkinson. It’s a classic wild west style font with super wide and bold look. It’s in the tradition of some of our other “circus” style fonts like Plowright and Atkinson Eccentric — perfect for poster and sign design. Although the source characters were hand lettered, we went …


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Our Top Fonts of 2008

MyFonts has made a dramatic announcement of their Top 10 Fonts of 2008 with the results apparently based on sales. Looking at the samples, it’s a reminder of how unimaginative most graphic designers are in their font selections. A few of the listed fonts are interesting and original. Metroscript stands out as the most interesting and original of the lot, …


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Jugendstil Kunsthand

Jugendstil Kunsthand is based on a sample of late 19th century lettering in a style often associated with artists of the Jugendstil Art Nouveau movement in Germany. The characters are done in heavy outline with a rough-hand drawn look. The style is interesting because it shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on Art Nouveau with many of …


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Sighting: Rackham Fonts in Changeling RPG

Roleplaying game publishers often use our fonts and one of the regulars is White Wolf who like to use our fonts for games in their World of Darkness series. The newest release in that series is their new edition of their fairy roleplaying system Changeling: the Lost, and it features some very appealing graphic design which makes use of a …


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Verne: Steampunk Font

Verne is an original design developed specially for our new collection of Steampunk fonts, which lacked a heavy-weight title font which fit with the theme. It has the look of wrought iron with rough edges, with elements of gears and machinery built into the characters. The heavy weight makes it excellent for incorporating textures and metallic patterns to create interesting …


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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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