<i>Ladies of Grace Adieu</i> by Sussana Clarke

Ladies of Grace Adieu by Sussana Clarke

Sussana Clarke developed a unique alternative version of 19th century England with a touch of faerie and magic in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and continues that setting with a collection of charming short stories in The Ladies of Grace Adieu. The sheer length of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and the Dickensian style in which it is written makes …


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Classic Font: Valdemar

Halloween is coming up in a month and it seemed appropriate to make our featured classic font for this week fit with that theme, and with its enormous popularity Valdemar seems like the perfect choice. Valdemar started as a set of embellished uppercase characters with bits of clockwork and odd design motifs worked into the character forms to give them …


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Sighting: Platthand in Dr. Parnassus

It probably doesn’t mean that it will play a role in the film itself, but it was interesting to spot our Platthand font being used in the title graphic on the website for former Monty Python Terry Gilliam’s new film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Dr. Parnassus is a fantasy film set in a circus and is the last feature …


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Waldeck Font

Waldeck is a gothic font based on 17th century German calligraphy. It has elaborate, decorative uppercase characters and stylish but fairly simple lowercase characters, plus some unique features, including custom decorative descending flourishes for several of the characters. It’s a nice change from some of our recent releases. Ultimately it will probably end up in a future expansion for our …


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Designers: GIMP is Not the Answer

Just as I did a while ago with Desktop Publishing programs, I’ve started a search for a low-priced or freeware alternative to Photoshop with which both Mac and Windows users can do effective graphic design work without having to pay an outrageous price. By my calculation, if you bought Photoshop and kept it up to date over the course of …


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Classic Font – Orpheus

Several years ago we saw a crying need for a font which had the general look and feel of the horrifyingly popular font Morpheus but wasn’t so freakishly awkward looking, poorly weighted and just plain unattractive. People were looking for the font, but it’s a freeware font with all the problems that brings with it, and none of the major …


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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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