New Font: Valentin

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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Tangle Font

Tangle is a fun font drawn by hand to have the look of twining vines, reminiscent of a grape arbor in the winter. The inspiration is from my front gate which is twined with an endless tangle of mustang grape vines. It was designed on a whim, but turned out pretty well. It has a full upper and lower case …


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Psychedelic Artist Alton Kelley, 1940-2008

Last week legendary psychedelic poster artist Alton Kelley passed away. Kelley was best known for defining the unique styles of the album covers and posters of the Grateful Dead and Journey. He was one of the best known of the artists to come out of the San Francisco scene of the 1960s who got their start designing posters for concerts …


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