Special Font Release: Posada Spur

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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Carmilla on Pop-Up Books

Traditionally certain of our fonts have gotten a lot more public exposure than others have. There was a time a few months ago when I thought I’d go nuts if I saw another book or game with Windlass on the cover. But the pattern is cyclic and it now seems to be the moment of ascendancy for Carmilla. Last week …


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New Font: Leodegar

Leodegar is based on samples of 7th century Frankish hand lettering. The characters draw on the minuscule calligraphic tradition, but are a bit more decorative and somewhat whimsical. They occupy an appealing position somewhere between calligraphy and decorative initials, perfect for titles which need a dark age look or for low-impact initials in an antique looking document. The name of …


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Mining Horror Comics for Font Ideas

I’m always mining the great graphic legacy of past eras for cool resources to use as the basis for fonts, and while I more typically go to antique sources, there’s a lot of great material to be found in the relatively recent past in vintage products of popular art like the covers and artistic content of pop novels and comic …


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In Development: Owen Jones’ Spanish Ballads

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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2010: A Year in Fonts

In 2010 we released 18 new fonts, a tad short of our ideal goal of 24, but a pretty respectable output considering the work involved. 7 were new and original designs. 6 were adaptations of vintage hand lettering. 5 were based on antique type. So far the best seller of the lot has been Ormandine, followed closely by Big Blok …


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Classic Font: Buccaneer

Buccaneer was one of our early font designs, originating way back in 1994 as part of the development of our Howard Pyle Fonts and Art collection. Buccaneer is based on the lettering which Pyle did for the frontispieces of his Book of Pirates and Book of the American Spirit. The lettering style was clearly designed to create the look of …


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The Design World of Ross MacDonald

As sometimes happens, my teenage daughter the design maven, pointed my attention to a very interesting website, in this case showcasing the work of printer and designer Ross MacDonald (not to be confused with the pulp novelist who authored the Lew Archer series). His specialty is producing antique looking original printed works using old technology and clever tricks. He’s designed …


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Classic Font: Linthicum

Since I first designed it for a book cover project back in In 2003, Linthicum has been one of my favorite original font designs. Its combination of clear character forms with unusual stylized elements is visually striking and it has an antique look which I find enormously appealing. This is a new, somewhat revised version of Linthicum, which includes not …


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Classic Font: Gaiseric

We first released Gaiseric back in 1998. It was developed from samples of stylized gothic calligraphy, redrawn freehand in a rough style to give an extra antique look. Stylistically it derives from fonts like our more historic Melusine font, but it has a more fanciful, artistic look. Ths makes it perfect for inclusion in our forthcoming Fairy Fonts and Art …


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Classic T-Shirt Designs

As the father of a teenage girl, I’m constantly exposed to the latest trends in fashion. Nothing is more popular these days than the ‘vintage’ look, which basically comes down to fairly simple clothing – especially t-shirts – decorated with graphic arts designs with antique, ethnic and often highly stylized designs. I have to admit that some of these designs …


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A Font-Conscious Visit to Williamsburg

This week I’ve been taking my lovely 17-year old daughter Caroline on a tour of colleges in the mid-Atlantic states which she’s considering applying to this fall. One of the first which we visited was the College of William and Mary located in historic Colonial Williamsburg, which is an area where fonts from our Colonial Collection have always had a …


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Classic Font: Windlass Enhanced

Since it’s original release in 1996 Windlass has been one of our most successful fonts. It has appeared in many publications, from merchandising for Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean to the labels of tins of Biscotti. It has been particularly popular for use in products with a pirate or nautical association, which makes sense because it is kind of what …


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Classic Font: Boswell

We’ve brought back a lot of classic fonts for a second look, but few of them are as interesting as Boswell, our classic regency-period text font based on extensive samples of type from the first edition of Boswell’s Corsica, a very rare book which we happen to have in our library and from which we developed an accurate typeface which …


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We’ve Got Tote-Bags!

Stylish yet functional, there’s nothing quite so essential as a fine-quality, durable, canvast tote-bag. They’re just what you need for eco-conscious shopping or carrying around your junk. I like to fill mine with antique books from our library and wander around looking erudite. We’ve added tote-bags to our selection of custom printed items on our page at CafePress. Designs include …


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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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