MapMaker Collection

MapMaker Collection

Making functional and attractive maps is a very specialized skill, prized by game designers, roleplayers and artists. To make exceptional maps, you need to have the right tools. Our MapMaker font and art package provide the fonts, textures and emblems which make drawing floorplans and developing stylish world and regional maps a breeze. Our map resources are based on the …


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Medieval Fonts and Art

Medieval Fonts and Art

Click any font to see a larger sample.       he Middle Ages saw calligraphy and book decoration emerge as significant art forms. The demands of church and government administration as well as the birth of popular literature created a huge demand for written documents. Decorative manuscripts began to become popular with a wider audience, courts and governments required …


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The World of Eric Sloane

The World of Eric Sloane

This is an update of an article we originally published in 2005. Additional links have been added, especially at the end of the article. My grandfather made tools. So did my great-grandfather and his father and all his fathers before him back to a distant ancestral blacksmith working under a tree in medieval Scotland. This and my training as a …


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Text Fonts Collection

Text Fonts Collection

Text fonts are fundamental for virtually any project. For a lot of computer users and desktop publishers text fonts are all there is. They tend to use the same basic fonts for a wide variety of uses, and they are almost all text fonts. Times and Helvetica are fine fonts, but they do get a little boring after a while. …


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Marmyadose: Classic Font

Marmyadose: Classic Font

Back in 1995 I designed a card game called Quest for the Grail and formed a publishing partnership to produce it called Stone Ring Games. I did a bunch of design work for the game, including designing a unique title font called Marmyadose. Marmyadose was a unique font, but it was too fancy to read in small print on the cards,


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Eastlake at the Texas Capitol

I recently had an opportunity to visit the Texas Capitol building. It was very busy because the legislature was in session, lobbyists were skulking in the halls and student tours were everywhere. Despite the distractions I had an opportunity to observe and photograph some very impressive antique door hardware. The Capitol was built in the 1880s, designed by Elijah E. …


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Classic Font: Pyle Gothic

Classic Font: Pyle Gothic

Pyle Gothic is based on lettering designed by Howard Pyle, from his Adventures of Robin Hood and King Arthur and His Knights. It combines elements of calligraphy and a simulation of primitive printing techniques. The original characters were carved into wood blocks from which the black and white illustrations with captions were printed.


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Book Cover Designs by Margaret Armstrong

In the early 20th century, before the advent of photographic covers and the common use of dust jackets, there was a renaissance in book cover design and decoration. Artists were hired by major publishers to decorate the covers of high dollar editions by major writers, producing some striking examples of applied art in the Art Nouveau or in some cases Art Deco style.


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Classic Font: Wolfram

Classic Font: Wolfram

Wolfram is a great example of early 20th century type design.  It is bold and intended for use in posters and signage, but it has rough outlines for a mock antique look.  It also has an unusually wide footprint for a very striking look.We originally produced Wolfram in the mid-90s, and it has been somewhat revised and expanded since them.  …


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New Fonts of 2014

New Fonts of 2014

Every year we release a number of new fonts, and at the end of the year we collect them all together and release them as a collection at a great discount price.

Through some oversight at the end of 2013 we failed to release our annual collection of new fonts. That means we have a chance to make up for it this year with a special release of a collection covering two years of new font releases.


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The Golden Book of Famous Women

Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale was one of the outstanding illustrators of the later Victorian era, even though she is not as well known as some of her male contemporaries. She was strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites like Waterhouse and Millais, and studied with Lord Leighton. Her work also shows the influence of the Art Nouveau period and even the Impressionists, but …


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Spanish Ballads Borders

We’ve done several previous packages based on designs by Victorian design historian Owen Jones. They include our fantastic Grammar of Ornament package and the new Gray’s Elegy. Our next addition to our selection of Jones design packages is a mammoth undertaking of all of the decorations, initials, emblems and borders in his early illustrated edition of J. G. Lockhart’s Ancient …


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Wayland, Wayland, Shoe Me My Mare!

Some while ago we added to our library an early 20th century book called Singing Games for Children which contains a dozen sets of detailed instructions for classic singing and dancing games for children – not the ones we’re familiar with today, but antique games with themes from myth and fairytales. Each game is nicely illustrated with a full-color plate …


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The Fonts of 2012

In 2012 we released 18 new fonts. 14 of these were released as new, “featured” fonts and 4 were special releases as part of packages or promotions. The featured fonts also went out to our Font Club, while several of the special fonts have not even been available for sale until now. These fonts represent a wide variety of styles …


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Making Maps with the MapMaker Package

This is a step by step guide to designing a small map using the elements and fonts of the MapMaker package. This tutorial was done using Adobe Photoshop, but the same tools and commands are available in every good graphics program, including less expensive ones like PaintShopPro and ColorIt. To start your map off, use the text tool to type …


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Special Font Release: Posada Spur

I was watching the television show Sons of Anarchy and on looking at the logo for the show I was struck by the similarity between the lettering used for the name of the titular motorcycle gang and our Posada font. Clearly their lettering derived from that same neo-gothic southwestern tradition. The main difference was that the Sons of Anarchy font …


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