Text Fonts Collection

Text Fonts Collection

Text fonts are fundamental for virtually any project. For a lot of computer users and desktop publishers text fonts are all there is. They tend to use the same basic fonts for a wide variety of uses, and they are almost all text fonts. Times and Helvetica are fine fonts, but they do get a little boring after a while. …


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Holly Initials: A Christmas Font

Holly Initials: A Christmas Font

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a special font designed to capture the mood of the season. As a source for something special I went to our library of rare books on type and calligraphy and found a rare book on calligraphy called Real PenWork published in the 1880s by Knowles and Maxim. We originally acquired it as a source …


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Creating the Glastonbury Font

Too many years ago to count, I was lucky enough to attend St. Albans School in Washington, DC. It’s a great school with a rich history and an association with the National Cathedral and the rich cultural heritage of the Episcopal Church and many of the traditions of the English public schools. It’s a school with a lot of character …


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Demosthenes Font

Back in the 1970s my IBM Selectric Typewriter had a great font specifically designed for high readability when typing scripts and speeches called Orator. It has gone the way of most typewriter fonts, but we recently had a client who wanted something similar for producing scripts to feed to a teleprompter, so we took on the job of recreating that …


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New Font: Moncrief

In working on graphic design projects I’ve been repeatedly frustrated by the lack of interesting medium-weight script fonts which are simple enough to be readable, but not too plain to be interesting. So with the latest project which needed a font like that – a relatively simple t-shirt design – I decided it was time to fill that need once …


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Fonts With Style

At the Scriptorium we’re celebrating our 25th year designing original fonts and unique revivals of antique typefaces with over 600 fonts in circulation and new releases appearing twice a month. For those who aren’t familiar with our products — which include not only fonts but also unique collections of vintage illustrations and graphic arts resources — this is a short …


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New Font: Big Show

We’ve been working hard on developing a new package of fonts based on classic Letterpress designs and that package is almost complete. Rounding out the collection is our new Big Show font, which is a kind of a swanky 1960s take on the classic circus fonts of the 1890s which have come to be associated with the wild west era. …


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New Font: Hadrianus Swash

Hadrianus has been one of our most popular text fonts for a while and it was recently featured here on the site. There has been a lot of demand to expand the features available with Hadrianus beyond the usual bold and italic versions, so this summer we developed something really special, a swashed alternate character set which combines elements of …


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Caelian Font

The fascination with letterpress fonts continues, and one of the key element of any letterpress design is a heavy, bold block font. To fill that need we developed Caelian from samples we found in letterpress posters. To preserve the spirit of letterpress we created both a clean regular version and a rough version with two different variants of each character. …


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Vambrace Font

Back in March we held a poll to see which of five fonts we should put at the top of our development list and we ended up with three close contenders. Coming in third in that race was the design which we used as the basis for our new Vambrace font. Vambrace is basically a display and titling font which …


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New Font: BigBlok

A great many years ago when working in game publishing I had a real fascination with doing titles in a strong, super-bold font called Bolt Bold. The truth is I rather overused it. In doing some research I find it on more than a dozen different game books I wrote in the early 80s, all quite collectable and out of …


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New Font: Airship

In a slightly different reality where the Hindenberg never crashed, we were contacted by the TransAtlantic Zeppelin Company to develop a new logo font specifically for use on their new line of airships and the advertising campaign for their new schedule of overnight flights from America to Europe. We met their request with the development of the new Airship font …


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