Chifa is a set of fonts combining the trapezoid of Inca architecture with wedge-shaped strokes. Chifa Base has the wide side at the base and Chifa Tope has the weight at the top, making them well-suited for arranging text in a circle. Chifa Combo combines both styles in a single, easy-to-use font; if you TyPe LiKe ThIs—that is, alternating caps and lowercase—the letters automatically fit together.
CHINESE GOTHIC is an experiment, another font mashup. What would happen if you crossed a pseudo “Chinese” font with a blackletter? Although they have very different origins, they have a comparable form; both are calligraphic, fragmented, and high contrast. I used Monotype Old English as a guide and drew and arranged three-point “brushstokes” in the manner of Wonton and many other such fonts.
CHOW FUN is a faux-Asian, faux-stencil font. The stencil gaps give this round, wide-set alphabet a little sparkle. It was inspired by a sample of hand lettering identified as “Crooks’ Stencil Designed Alphabet” in “Alphabets: Ancient & Modern,” compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co.
CINDERELLA was inspired by a font in one of the great Dan X. Solo 100 font books. The lowercase g first caught my eye; it’s ultra-condensed which can be very useful. The font has been retired for a number of years now. I had reason to use it recently and thought it was time to dust it off and round it out.
The fourth set of my popular monograms fonts, this one lets you make 2-letter monograms in the angular, intersecting “college team” style. The set of four fonts includes all solid, all outlines, and two mixtures, as seen in the third and fourth columns above. The are 8 different frames you can use, too.
COLUMBIA STAMP was suggested by my correspondent Marsha, who sent me scans and lots of encouragement. It’s based on her set of vintage rubber stamps and has a smoother edge and straighter alignment than my other stamp fonts.
COMET was inspired by the (former) logo of Country Music Television. Clicking past this cable channel, I was attracted to its logo and set out to make a font that would allow you to type anything with that back-and-forth-within-blocks look.
COMFY has the bold but friendly look of cutout letters. Inspired by an example of “Pinselschrift” (brush lettering) by Wilhelm Dechert*. Has the feel of a handlettered version of a 20th-century geometric font like Paul Renner’s Futura* or Rudolf Koch’s Kabel.
The CRAZY HAROLD font set was inspired by a single analog font as reproduced in Paul E. Kennedy’s “Modern Display Alphabets” (Dover, 1974).
Of course the name appealed to me, as well as the tacky retro-festive style. (I welcome any additional information about this font that anyone might pass along to me.) Anyway, my font set is completely redrawn with clean edges and rounded points. I’ve incorporated alternate letterforms into separate fonts, and made condensed versions too.
CURATOR is a handwriting font that’s both precise and quirky, tighly spaced with a high x-height. It is a collaboration with my friend Corinna Ripps Schaming who has maintained this immaculate hand since I met her in college. She is Associate Director/Curator at the University Art Museum, Albany, NY. In Light, Regular and Bold.