Rodrigo Initials

Rodrigo Initials

Rodrigo is a new font based on a set of 16th century woodcut initials with floral, fruit and animal motifs for decoration. The designs are rather reminiscent of Italian silver work of that period, which brought to mind the lavish dinners held by the Borgias, and hence the name after the notorious Rodrigo Borgia who became Pope Alexander VI. The …


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Featured Font: Vafthrudnir

With the upcoming release of Marvel’s Thor movie, things viking are all trendy right now. The movie features a rather uninspiring font choice for its title design, so I looked through our Viking Fonts and Art collection for what I thought would be the best choice for titles on a movie about the hammer-wielding thunder god, and the obvious choice …


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New Font: Suspicion

I recently wrote a brief article on pulp novel book cover art and lettering as a source of inspiration. Inevitably this led me to actually work on developing some fonts based on the lettering styles featured on the covers of some of these genre classics from the 1950s and 1960s. The archive of covers I tracked down had lots of …


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St. Patrick’s Day Bonus Font: Coverack

Some years ago, while traveling in Cornwall I saw some unique hand lettering on a signboard outside of a pub and later I reconstructed the fanciful Celtic lettering style from memory to produce what became the Coverack font. Coverack is in the tradition of Celtic uncial lettering, but is extra bold and has some fantastical embellishments and special symbol characters.. …


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Ulalume Font

Ulalume was one of our earliest text fonts. It was originally designed in 1993 and then substantially modified in 1996, but since that time it was kind of allowed to languish in our back catalog with little attention, which was a shame because there is always a need for stylish text fonts with strongly contrasting weights, and the ultra thin …


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Alcuin Font

We’re working on a number of projects based on designs by legendary 19th century codicologist Owen Jones, who is most famous for his Grammar of Ornament. One of those projects is his book One Thousand and One Initial Letters from 1864. We have a lovely copy which was originally in the library of a Catholic monastery in England, which adds …


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Featured Font: Bridgeport

Bridgeport was first released in 2003 and is one of several fonts based on lettering by legendary artist and calligrapher Eric Sloane, including Queensland and Guilford. Bridgeport has the look of hand lettered capitals, with strong vertical forms and a large selection of special characters and unique ligatures. It’s remarkably attractive and versatile, particularly excellent for signs and posters. You …


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Classic Font: Semiramis

Semiramis was originally released in 1997. It’s an arts and crafts style font based on samples of lettering from books published by the Roycrofters in the early 1900s. It has a truly unique look, the most extreme example of the decorative, “architectural” style designs of that period. It also has a heavier weight and broader character form than other similar …


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Featured Font: Schoolhand

Schoolhand was originally commissioned by the Education Department at a major Christian university, which will remain nameless. It was developed to their specifications in order to teach cursive handwriting to children, sharing some characteristics with the popular D’Nealian style, but a bit more decorative and elaborate. It’s an interesting and useful font, with characters specially designed with interlocking elements as …


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