Unraveled is a fun font that looks like a craft project made with yarn or string. Each letter is a single fuzzy line wound round and round. Perfect for color and layering. Unraveled was inspired by the hand-lettered titles of Roger Corman’s 1959 horror comedy “A Bucket of Blood”, art directed by Daniel Haller. The film is set in a world of Beatnik artists and poets in San Francisco and is ripe for adaptation as a musical à la “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Factura is a set of fonts that looks hand-carved. The letters are drawn almost entirely with straight lines, with offbeat shapes and jagged edges that can seem alternately playful or sinister. Inspired by Saul Bass’s classic poster for “Vertigo,” Factura has two widths and full upper- and lowercase. The “Rough” version of each font reproduces the block print technique I used in the design process.
LOVE SHACK is a playful font with the handmade texture of roughly painted sign. To design the letters, I tore them from construction paper, giving them a quirky design and an irregular edge. The original inspiration for the font came from the logo for Rubio’s chain of restaurants. I loved the casual letterforms and the crunchy edge.
Set of 4 fonts that lets you create custom 2- and 3-letter monograms in a mosaic tile design. There’s a choice of black tile on white or white tile on black, and a variety of optional frames. Also works for “A&B” style monograms.
These fonts were inspired by the classic mosaic tile signs of the New York City subway system, dating to the early 20th century. I’ve tried to maintain the somewhat quaint letterforms while regularizing them for contemporary use. There are 3 fonts (White, Black and Solid) that can be used independently or layered in different colors for endless variation.
TRICOT was inspired by the 2007 US holiday stamps, designed by Nancy Stahl (left). I liked them so much that I designed my Christmas cards to match (at right) and developed the Tricot font for the greeting inside. A knitted design has much in common with a bitmap image, but the pairs of oval stitches combine to suggest the warm and fuzzy feeling of a handmade sweater. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. No accent marks on uppercase. Plus knit-style patterns using special keys (below).
SHOEMAKER is designed to look like top-stitched letters, great for a fun, friendly, hand-crafted look. The basic letterforms were inspired by the classic Windsor fonts, favored by Woody Allen (most all his films’ title-cards) and Timberland (logotype). I’ve reduced it to a carefully “stitched” outline. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. For more fun, I’ve included top-stiched versions of some Harold’s Pips (below, with key locations in red).
SAFETY PIN was inspired by the cover of the June 1946 Ladies Home Journal. Click on the O at left to see the whole word. From the mildewy examples I found, it appears their logotype was different for each issue in those days. I started with J-O-U-R-N-A-L and imagined safety pins bent and twised to form the other characters. May be the first font that appeals to both crafters and punks. The Regular version of the font has white highlights like Ringpin; the Solid version does not so you can create your own effects and shadows.
The characters of PENSTRIPE and PENCILSTRIPE are each composed of bands of 5 parallel lines, suggesting a sketch, weaving, or even a musical staff. Looks great layered in contrasting colors. In three weights and two textures (smooth Pen and rougher Pencil) which are best seen at larger point sizes. These fonts were inspired by the 1940’s pajama ad shown here. Includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
PEARLIE is a script font designed to look like a string of graduated pearls. This is the kind of font I wanted a couple years ago for a Debutante Ball; now I’m ready! The basic letter forms were inspired by those of Monotype Script. Links without kerning; looks especially good reversed or with 3-D effects. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, international characters, and a few flourishes for the beginnings and ends of words.