Try Our New Font Preview Tool

Try Our New Font Preview Tool

After a long search we’ve managed to find a new tool called Typeshow which will allow visitors to the site to create custom samples of any of our fonts. It is similar in design to the Texter tool which we experimented with in the past, but actually uses TrueType fonts instead of Flash SWF fonts, and it manages to render …


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Arts and Crafts Borders from the Calendar of Golden Thoughts of 1912

The Calendar of Golden Thoughts was published by Barse and Hopkins printing company in 1911. It was a calendar for the year 1912, but it also served as a sampler of their type, printers ornaments and borders. It had a page for every week and each page featured a different decorative border with an inspiring quote in decorative type with …


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New Holiday Clip-Art Mini Package

This year, as a special holiday offering we’re releasing a mini-package of seasonal clip-art with images based on mortised advertising cuts from the early 1900s. The images are based on printers oranments which would have originally been sold individually as brass plates to be inserted into a typeset page. The seasonal images include lots of Santa images, trees, wreaths, bells, …


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Dromon Font

Dromon has been one of our most popular and most successful display fonts. It’s a modern, super-bold headline style with some clear ancestry in German gothic type design, but a unique and contemporary look. This new release of Dromon includes additional characters and improved outlines. It’s crisper and cleaner and excellent for many uses. The RV dealer at the end …


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Serenissima Font

Serenissima takes its name from a nickname for the city of Venice which means “The Serene One.” It’s a particularly inappropriate name considering what a huge and absolutely unserene effort went into the creation of this digital version of the lovely sample of 16th century lettering which it is based on. Serenissima may be the most demanding design I’ve worked …


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Elsene Font

Elsene is a new font based on lettering by early 20th century illustrator Clara Elsene Peck, obviously taking its name from her middle name. It’s based on her lettering and initials from the book Knocks Witty and Wise. A companion set of illustrations will be available soon. With Elsene you really get several fonts in one, because it includes multiple …


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New Font: Gelderland

New Font: Gelderland

Gelderland is a new font based on some very old typography, taken from samples of brass type from the early 19th century. It is characterized by its very detailed decorative capital letters, with multiple overlapping flourishes which create an effect almost like a framed decorative initial. The basic style of the upper and lowercase characters is calligraphic in the German …


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A Guide to Lettering by Pedro Lemos

In the past we’ve put together several special ebooks on various aspects of design excerpted from Pedro J. Lemos textbook Applied Arts, including one on Bookbinding and another on Color Harmony. Our new addition to that collection is A Guide to Lettering which looks at the history of letters and how to do basic calligraphy and design of letters for …


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Old Films on Printing

There are all sorts of peculiar things on YouTube, and recently my daughter directed me to the first in what turned out to be a treasure-trove of old educational films about printing and related retro technology. The three short films which I picked out to share here are from the 1940s and early 1950s. The first provides an informative overview …


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Rudolph Koch Floral Initials

f you wonder where all of our fonts and art come from, we spend a lot of time researching rare books and other sources for the images on which many of them are based. We look for works of historic calligraphy and antique type sample books and classic illustrated works. The research is a big part of what we do …


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2010: A Year in Fonts

In 2010 we released 18 new fonts, a tad short of our ideal goal of 24, but a pretty respectable output considering the work involved. 7 were new and original designs. 6 were adaptations of vintage hand lettering. 5 were based on antique type. So far the best seller of the lot has been Ormandine, followed closely by Big Blok …


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Political Signs: the Bold and the Baffling

In the next few weeks we’re all going to see an awful lot of political signs. Every candidate has them, from the lowliest office to the highest in the land, and based on the variety of designs there’s no absolute consensus on what makes one effective. I’ve thought about this before. I’ve even designed quite a few fonts specifically for …


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Classic Font: Buccaneer

Buccaneer was one of our early font designs, originating way back in 1994 as part of the development of our Howard Pyle Fonts and Art collection. Buccaneer is based on the lettering which Pyle did for the frontispieces of his Book of Pirates and Book of the American Spirit. The lettering style was clearly designed to create the look of …


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Art Encounter: Jeff Truth Design

Last week I featured a lot of classic poster designers from the Flatstock 24 show, so to balance things out I thought I’d include a quick plug for a local Austin poster designer whose style is much less traditional than most of those at that show. Jeff Truth‘s designs are much more derivative from the tradition of punk poster design …


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Classic Font: Rheingold

We picked Rheingold as our new font re-release because I saw so much of it at the Flatstock 24 show last weekend. Of all of our fonts it showed up on more posters than any other. And seeing it in use brought to mind some shortcomings the font has had since it was first released way back in 1997. The …


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Hamilton Wood Type Museum at Atlas Obscura

My daughter recently directed my attention to a fascinating site called Atlas Obscura which is a collection of articles on interesting phenomena and unique and unusual places and works of art. The first thing which caught my eye was an article on a fascinating giant sculpture installation in Wisconsin called Dr.Evermore’s Forevertron which is a kind of post-industrial steampunk playground …


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