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CHEAPSKATE is based on my first rubber-stamp alphabet. I purchased it in a toystore in the 70s and threw out the packaging. I used these A LOT. Love the slight shadow effect and the awkward letterforms. The outline font is the way the stamps look, the fill font can be separately or underlapped to fill in the letters with another color or percentage. This updated version has improved letterforms and greatly expanded character set, including 2 of each letter, plus lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

BUBBLE GUM ROCK is based on a kind of graffiti lettering that kids do. Each letter is a big fat outline that underlaps the one to its left. My friend Kate Lee helped me remember it. To Create The Underlapping Effect, Type Your Sentences Like This Because The Caps Are Designed As Initial Letters And The Lowercase To Follow.This is a set of two fonts that work together. The Outline font contains pseudo brush-drawn outlines; the Fill font is the solid part that goes inside. In a program that allows layering, set the same bit of text in each of… continued

BLOCKED is my reconstruction of a “lost” Letraset font. The original, called “Block Up,” was designed by Sally Ann Grover and was issued in 1974 by Letraset. Block Up is one of countless fonts that didn’t make the technological transition from transfer letters to digital. My digital version was constructed point by point, not autotraced, so it’s very clean. I’ve used all the available characters (except the 4) and rounded it out with more punctuation and international characters. I’m especially fond of my @. The Regular above; that’s what the original looked like. I’ve also created a series of four… continued

POPSTARS was inspired by the hand lettering on the cover of the classic Beatles album, Magical Mystery Tour. The B from Beatles is about actual size at left; weren’t vinyl album covers great? This pair of fonts can be used separately or layered as in the animation on this page. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

The MARITIME FLAGS fonts are based on the international flag code. Each flag represents a letter or number. These would be flown on board a vessel, not printed. However, the monochrome font can be used to add a decorative or nautical motif. The set includes the single-color font as shown in black on this page; plus separate red, yellow, blue and black fonts. It’s not possible to make a real color TrueType or OpenType font. But you can fake it by layering separate fonts! In a program that allows layering, type your text, then change it to the Black flag… continued

Like its predecessor Calaveras, HEARTLAND is a take-off on the classic 60s flower font Daisyland*. This time I’ve substituted hearts for the original flowers. For the animation on this page, companion fonts containing just the hearts (pink) and more background hearts (maroon) were used; these are available à la carte. Includes 2 versions of each letter, plus numbers, punctuation, and international characters. *The Daisyland font appears under that name in the Dan X. Solo font books from Dover. There is a nice shareware version called FLORALIES by Keith Field and a free but bumpy adaptation (called Daisyland and uncredited) in… continued

CARMEN CAPS is my digital interpretation of an Art Nouveau font of the same name, as illustrated in the Dan X. Solo books. The swirly backgrounds have great detail; use big as drop caps!

LEVEL is a set of 5 fonts designed to look like overlapping planes in space. The regular font is shown above and creates letters that appear to be resting on a black shelf. Use < to create the left angle before words, > to create the right angle, and underscore between words instead of a space. Includes lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. .

The GAUDI fonts are named for the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). His visionary buildings in Barcelona are strangely biomorphic, all curves and intricate surfaces, often covered with broken-plate and -tile mosaics.  Gaudí didn’t invent that folk-art form (called “trencadís” in Catalan and “pique assiette” or “picassiette” in French) but his use of it on walls, benches, sculpture, and even rooftops makes a simple craft sublime.  Another wonderful example of this artform is the Maison Picassiette in Chartres by Raymond Isidore (1900-1964), though it was unknown to me when I made these fonts. For my font, I’ve made rough-shaped… continued

The DILEMMA fonts were inspired by the evolving logo of Sears.  One font in the set is illustrated in black and white above: two black stripes and one white one. The other two fonts have one stripe each.  When overlapped and assigned different colors, they can be used as in the blue illustration, creating a tricolor effect (counting the background). The oldest of these Sears logos has all caps and a white stripe with gaps that suggest overlapping tracks (the best of the three, in my opinion, and still on my local Sears store.) Then they simplified it and the… continued

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