Eastlake Design Sampler

Eastlake Design Sampler

When we were renovating our house I discovered ornamental brass fixtures for the doors designed by Charles Eastlake.  So I went shopping and found antique Eastlake hinges and knobs for all the doors. Charles Locke Eastlake (1836–1906) was the greatest British Arts and Crafts designer in the period after William Morris.  Like Morris he combined principles of art and decoration …


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Featured Font: Barataria

BUY NOW Barataria is an elegant text and titling font with some unique features that really stand out for designing decorative logos with an elegant vintage look. It has a bit of a piratical look, a sort of more refined alternative to our Windlass font. This revised version features smoother outlines, numerous refinements, improved kerning and additional alternate characters. It …


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Louis Rhead Borders Mini-Package

This is a special collection of borders (and three illustrations) drawn by Louis Rhead for William Morris’ translation of The History of Oversea. These are striking borders in Rhead’s unique art nouveau style, well suited to various adaptations. The collection contains 13 borders and 3 illustrations, the complete decorations from this short classic. You can see a selection of the …


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Featured Font: Sanhedrin

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Sanhedrin is a decorative futuristic font, which features two distinct sets of different characters and a number of additional special characters.  It draws some characters from the Greek alphabet and also has some unusual art nouveau character forms and a strange biblical name just for fun. The demo version of Sanhedrin with a limited …


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New Font: Lyceum

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Lyceum has the stylized shape and look of a font designed for the program at a lecture hall, hence the name. It is super bold but remains highly readable at fairly small sized, though the contrasts are dramatic. It features only an uppercase characters set because the style of the font didn’t translate well …


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Aylmer Vallance Playing Card Designs

Aylmer Vallance was a 19th century book designer who is probably best remembered for his cataloging and writing on the work of William Morris, but Vallance was also a notable designer in the arts and craft movement in his own right. His designs can be found in books and magazines of the period, including in The Studio magazine where we …


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Font Literacy at the National Gallery of Art

Over the holidays I got to travel with my family to visit my parents in Washington DC. While there, as always, we took time out to visit the National Gallery of Art. We saw some great exhibits. The kids liked the exhibition of Spanish Armor, but I found the strange and melancholy art of The Darker Side of Light to …


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New Font: Broadley

Yorkshire-born architect and designer C. F. A. Voysey was one of the preeminent figures of the later period of the Arts and Crafts movement. He was England’s answer to his more famous American contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright. Voysey’s designs were ambitious and comprehensive and included not only basic architecture, but also interior design, decoration and furniture. Voysey’s work was reminiscent …


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