New Font: Borealis

New Font: Borealis

Borealis is based on samples of advertising lettering from the 1930s with a strong Art Deco influence but a unique almost futuristic look. The characters are formed from very fine hand-drawn lines reminiscent of our Ducatus and Broadley fonts. Drawing a font like this with such regular lines and curves is extremely challenging and demands a great deal more attention …


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New Font: Alexandrine

I keep trying to come up with the perfect title font and while I’m not sure I’ll ever accomplish it, the process produces a lot of interesting fonts. The latest of these is Alexandrine. It was inspired to some degree by our recent Madding font, and also by the character forms in Illuminata. The idea was to take the general …


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New Font: Cascade

In looking through our fonts for something to use on a project my teenage daughter complained that we don’t have enough fonts which feature characters with decorative inside the character form. We have a lot of decorative initials, but only a few fonts where the decoration is inside the character rather than surrounding the character. The two most notable examples …


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New Font: Madding

We’re in an ongoing quest to make the perfect poster font — something bold and hard to ignore, but also different and with character. We had some success with Aventine, but it was too generic. So we kept working on the concept and the result is the new Madding font, a bold poster font with a bit of an art …


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New Font: Changeling

As we mentioned in a recent article on Projects in Development, we’ve been working on some fonts based on lettering by Fanny Railton. It took a bit longer than expected, but the first of those is done, a new font called Changeling based on her caption lettering from her illustrated edition of Midsummer Nights Dream. Changeling has two complete sets …


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New Font: Krasny Mir

Working on revisions to Structura a few weeks ago brought the whole topic of Russian poster art to the surface and it seemed like a good time to do a font based on typical poster lettering from soviet-era propaganda posters. The result is Krasny Mir, a new font which combines the look of super-bold cyrillic letters with some nice special …


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New Font: Rockne

Rockne is based on samples of mid-20th century wood type in a style which was clearly an influence on the poster lettering of the 1960s as demonstrated in our Butterfield, Harbinger and Pantagruel. It clearly comes out of the Art Nouveau tradition, and with wood type already obsolete at the time the font was made, it presents a chronological anomaly …


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New Font: Rasael

We started work on the Rasael script font early last year, but because of the complexity and fine lines of the characters it took a long time to complete, with some breaks to work on easier projects. The end result is worth the wait, with an elegant combination of calligraphic and script elements which make it rather like a more …


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Classic Font: Tuscarora

We first released Tuscarora in the early 90s based on samples of rough hand-drawn poster lettering. It became very popular and ended up being used as the basis of the Beynkales font which was used in the movie Corpse Bride. The original Tuscarora has a more dramatic look than Beynkales and we’ve enhanced this new release with additional alternate characters …


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Melusine Font

Melusine is based on an ornate style of gothic calligraphy used primarily in decorative signs and advertising in Germany around the turn of the century. It has many of the characteristics of a true medieval gothic hand, but is a more elaborate, extreme variaton on the style. It is one of the fonts featured in our Gothic Fonts package. Melusine …


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New Font: Agravain

Agravain is a very attractive speedball-style hand lettering font with elaborate and stylish character forms, expecially in the upper case which feature unique characteristics of the type of traditional calligraphy from which it derives. It has nice, clean lines and a high readability factor and would be excellent for posters, menu designs or theatrical programs. It’s compatible in style and …


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Classic Font: Evadare Enhanced

Evadare is a stylish text font which we originally released in 2002. It is based on a character set which was hand calligraphed by Rudolf Koch, which take a stylized approach to the idea of a classical Roman-style font. Evadare is both readable and full of personality. For those who are curious about such things, the name of the font comes from a character in Manly Wade Wellman’s classic stories of John the Balladeer collected in his book Who Fears the Devil, which I recommend highly.


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