Sighting – Joan of Arc Brie

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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Sighting – Abaddon

As I’ve written before, Abaddon is our most overused font. Everyone seems to love it, from fantasy book publishers to heavy metal bands like Godsmack. In its latest appearance it’s coupled with the work of one of the best young writers of fantastic fiction in The Hounds of Ash a forthcoming collection of related short stories from Greg Keyes. Keyes’ …


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New Font and Art Sampler

Our previous font and art sampler has been a pretty popular item for people wanting to check out our offerings for the first time at a low price. It’s now been a couple of years since we released it, so it seemed like time to offer a new sampler put together on the same model. The 2008 Scriptorium Sampler includes …


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New Font: Aventine

It’s a very political year so we’re releasing a political poster font, Aventine. From time to time we’ve been asked to work on some political designs for local campaigns. One offshoot of that is that we have developed some poster font designs specifically tailored to the needs of campaign posters, and as we did with Texas Star back in 2002, …


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New Font: Groningen

Groningen is a modern looking font inspired by the Bauhaus design period and some of the elements of industrial design from the 1970s. It features rounded, symmetrical, somewhat mechanical looking characters with a bold weighting which is ideal for title or poster uses. Groningen includes two fonts, the basic character set with some alternate forms and a second ‘degenerated’ version …


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About Clip Art Copyrights

When looking for artwork to use in your design projects you are likely to encounter a wide variety of different kinds of art presented as ‘clip art’ and from many different sources. Some of these sources will want to charge you for the artwork and will then allow you to use the art for free under the terms of a …


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Berenicia Font

I’ve been working on a number of new fonts at the same time, and the first one to pop out in finished form is Berenicia. It’s based on samples of Art Nouveau period advertising lettering, with a custom lower case character set added and the original hand lettered characters cleaned up and regularized. When I first started working on it …


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Freebooter Font

For a recent design project I needed something bold, but with a different kind of look. Modern styles wouldn’t do, but I also didn’t want something too calligraphic. So I designed something a bit new and a bit old at the same time. The result is the new Freebooter font which takes some of the basics of Celtic and Gothic …


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Katisha Font

Katisha is an unusual font based on hand-drawn calligraphy. It’s basically an oriental-style font similar to some of our other fonts like Suchow, Yoshitoshi and Satampra. At the same time it’s rather different because it also partakes of some qualities of Germanic gothic-style calligraphy, especially in the lowercase characters, like the fonts in our Gothic Fonts package. The combination is …


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Burnham Font

The Burnham font was designed for a special project, as a logo font for a line of handmade wood cutting boards sold made by Snug the Joiner, the alter ego of our font master Dave Nalle, who finds it relaxing to shape something a bit more physical than font outlines from time to time. Burnham is basically a handwriting font, …


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