Valdemar and Abaddon on Brian Lumley eBook Covers

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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Featured Font: Slava

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Slava is based on lettering by legendary Art Nouveau master Alphons Mucha from his later post-Parisian period when he returned to Prague and did a lot of design work in support of the slavic nationalist movement. The letter forms still have many of the characteristics of his theatrical posters from the 1890s, but some …


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Alphons Mucha Fonts and Art

Alphonse Mucha was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1860 and moved to Paris in 1890 where he became the star of the poster-art movement under the patronage of the Sarah Bernhardt, socializing with the greatest of the impressionists and moving in the highest circles of the salons of the intellectual elite of Paris. After World War …


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