Austin de Croze’s <i>Calendrier Magique</i>

Austin de Croze’s Calendrier Magique

In stumbling around art resources on the internet I sometimes run into amazing resources and collections of art which I never expected to see online or anywhere else for that matter. But there are some conscientious archivists and academics out there who react properly when they see something rare and strange. Too many of their colleagues react defensively and want …


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Vintage Fonts in The Artist

After seeing it win all sorts of Oscars I had to sneak out for a matinee of The Artist yesterday. I had already been advised that it was worth checking out for its use of vintage fonts, including some of ours, and it seemed like I shouldn’t put it off any longer. While the film was certainly enjoyable both as …


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Arts and Crafts Borders from the Calendar of Golden Thoughts of 1912

The Calendar of Golden Thoughts was published by Barse and Hopkins printing company in 1911. It was a calendar for the year 1912, but it also served as a sampler of their type, printers ornaments and borders. It had a page for every week and each page featured a different decorative border with an inspiring quote in decorative type with …


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Langdon Font

Langdon is our first new font of 2012. It’s based on samples of hand-rendered poster lettering from the early 1900s by J. M. Bergling. It has a strong, distinctive look with demi-serifs and an art nouveau or art deco look. It’s very much the kind of font which we might include in a new release of our Steampunk collection. It …


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New Holiday Clip-Art Mini Package

This year, as a special holiday offering we’re releasing a mini-package of seasonal clip-art with images based on mortised advertising cuts from the early 1900s. The images are based on printers oranments which would have originally been sold individually as brass plates to be inserted into a typeset page. The seasonal images include lots of Santa images, trees, wreaths, bells, …


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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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Walter Crane on Decorative Pattern

People recognize Walter Crane as a famous book illustrator, but far fewer are aware that he was the philosophical leader of a political movement in the arts in late 19th century Britain, combining aesthetics and socialism and expressing his ideas in his writings promoting the Arts and Crafts movement. Crane’s essays on aesthetics and politics are collected in several books, …


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Valdemar Font on Harry Potter Wands

With the dramatic opening of the last film in the Harry Potter series opening this weekend it seemed appropriate to mention a little bit of the history of the relationship between the movies and Scriptorum Fonts. Way back when the first movie came out we were cotacted by the merchandising team and a deal was struck where a set of …


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An Excellent Source for Vintage Poster Art

In my periodic random wanderings of the internet I stumbled on a rather excellent source for examples of vintage poster and book cover art and lettering at MovePosterShop.com. While their business seems to focus primarily on selling posters from contemporary movies, they have all sorts of interesting material in their catalog, from posters of pulp novel covers to vintage movie …


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New Font: Bosphoros

We don’t normally like to follow the same theme too much with our new font releases, but because we wanted to put together a special package of fonts by J. M. Bergling we’re following the release of Beaumains with Bosphoros, another font based on Bergling’s series of art nouveau themed lettering styles. Bosphoros fits the same general style but has …


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The Colors of Tiny Wings

Now this is an odd thing to cover here, but nothing interesting should be off limits. There’s a popular game for the iPhone and iPad which caught my eye because it has the most remarkable use of color. The designer is Andreas Illiger and in addition to being able to design a fun, playable game, he has a real eye …


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Constructing Art Deco Emblems

Pedro Lemos was one of the outstanding artists of the California Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. He was known for his woodcuts and his graphic design work and for his books on teaching art, particularly his Applied Arts handbook which was published in 1926. It is one of the most useful works on basic techniques of …


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The Art of Sideshow Banners

A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter to the Travis County Rodeo, not so much for the animals and shows, as for the accompanying carnival run by Crabtree Amusements. They have some excellent rides, but what always catches the eye is that for larger events they also bring along their classic sideshow. What draws your eye to the …


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Flatstock 29: A Plethora of Posters in Austin

For the second year in a row I braved the crowds and the chaos which is the South by Southwest festival in Austin to check out the Flatstock poster show at the Austin Convention Center. It was a great experience last year, and I was not disappointed to find much more of the same this year. As a graphic designer …


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2010 Font and Art Sampler

At the end of every year we put together a special discounted package with samples of what we produced during that year, and now it’s time to release a sampler with some of our best items from 2010, including selected art and featured fonts. 2010 saw the release of some extraordinary fonts and art and this is a chance to …


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Rudolph Koch Floral Initials

f you wonder where all of our fonts and art come from, we spend a lot of time researching rare books and other sources for the images on which many of them are based. We look for works of historic calligraphy and antique type sample books and classic illustrated works. The research is a big part of what we do …


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