Classic Font: Phaeton

Classic Font: Phaeton

Phaeton is one of our earliest Art Nouveau designs, a lovely example of period title lettering based on French samples. This new release has some significant improvements to the outlines and additional characters added to the basic set. You can find Phaeton in our Art Nouveau Collection or order it individually as a single font. It takes its name from …


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Classic Font: Boneyard

Classic Font: Boneyard

I don’t know what came over me one Halloween, but I couldn’t get the idea of dancing skeletons out of my head. The classic dance of death, but a bit more expressive, with the skeletons working together to form the letters of a font. This resulted in the design for the Bonyeard font, where each letter is made up of …


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New Font: Carillon

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview You may recall a couple of months ago when we had some font samples posted on the page to vote on. Well, the winner of the vote by a significant margin was a sample of lettering by Samuel Welo, and now as promised, it is available as our newest font: Carillon. They font is …


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Understanding Font and Image Licenses

I’ve noticed recently that a lot of people seem not to entirely understand the idea of purchasing fonts or images with a license, and I suspect they find the idea intimidating. It’s not surprising, since it’s a bit different from purchasing a toaster or a book, and not something most people do every day. To help clear up this confusion …


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Reporting from Typecon

I’m in Washington DC this week attending Typecon. The Society of Typographic Aficionados official convention. There are all sorts of programs and presentations with notable typographers and designers appearing as speakers. As well as exhibits and new products to see. I’m merely going as a humble attendee because for all the prominent projects my fonts have appeared in (movies, games, …


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New Font: Yancey

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Yancey is a new font based on a hand-lettered design by Samuel Welo in the late 1920s. It is very much in the tradition of Art Deco designs of that period and designed for decorative titles of poster design uses. Yancey includes two versions of the character set, one with solid characters and the …


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Valdemar and Abaddon on Brian Lumley eBook Covers

Since specialty publisher Subterranean Press has taken over design and publication of new editions of Brian Lumley’s older novels and first releases of his new novels, the quality of art and design has increased, including the addition of new titles which feature our fonts on many of Lumley’s books. Brian Lumley is best known for his series of Necroscope novels …


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Olympic Symbol Fonts

There was an interesting report on NPR today about the history of Olympic pictograms, the special sets of custom international symbols used to help people from many different linguistic backgrounds find their way around the Olympics and identify things like sports venues and restrooms. There is a long history of specialized graphic design associated with the olympics and the fonts …


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Grunge Was Never About Typography

I’m writing in response to an article published a while ago in The Awl which looks at the decline and fall of “grunge” typography. It’s a good historical overview of the subject, but suffers from a fundamental flaw. The author thinks that there is such a thing as grunge typography. Grunge was a design movement and continues as a way …


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Art of the Pinball Playfield

I often find myself being surprised by art which I run into in unexpected places, or in contexts where I don’t think about art as art because of its utilitarian application. I stumbled into a good example this weekend when I took my 11 year old daughter to our local video and pinball arcade, Pinballz in Austin. There aren’t as …


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Review: The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)

Today it’s all about speed and ease of access and cross-platform accessibility, but there is something to be said for a slower process of writing and the mechanical experience of using a typewriter. When I first started writing and publishing I worked on an old Royal manual typewriter. With the Royal typing was like heavy manual labor. Then for years …


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Featured Font: Sepultura

Featured Font: Sepultura

It’s Halloween season so it seems essential to feature a horror font and Sepultura is a stand-out choice. It combines extreme and stylized gothic calligraphy with special embellishments with a unique supernatural theme, like the devil-tail swashes and strategically placed decorative skulls.


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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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Featured Font: Squiffy

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Squiffy is a fun font. It has a background in arts and crafts style font design, but rather than the regular, architectural character forms and arrangements, the characters are wild and irregular and highly varied. There are two distinct versions of every character, with variations in form and size. The overall resulting look is …


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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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Valdemar Appearing on New Chadbourn Novels

There’s nothing better for a font foundry than when one of your fonts gets picked up as the signature font for a brand or a product or a franchise. Sadly sometimes those big customers are fickle. Case in point being our Windlass font which got a nice boost from being used on the cover of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books …


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