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MOCKINGBIRD was inspired by the opening title for the classic film, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), designed by Stephen Frankfurt. A child’s hands browse a cigar box of treasures and make this crayon rubbing that forms the title. I modeled my letterforms on Franklin Gothic as the closest match. I didn’t fake the texture which comes from an actual rubbing of a photopolymer plate. Includes upper-and lowercase, punctuation, numbers, international characters, plus special end-caps and space for a complete look.

LONDON BITMAP is a recreation of the classic Apple font London, originally designed by the great Susan Kare. (She also designed the wonderful icons at right, so familiar to us old appleheads.) The city-named fonts (Chicago, etc.) were a big improvement over previous computer typography, although they may now seem a bit quaint. Most have made the transition to scaleable fonts, such as my own L.A. fonts; now you can again enjoy London’s contrast between “Old English” style and bitmap texture. While I was at it, I also made a Harlequin, Cross-stitch and Shaded version; the initials at left show… continued

FORTUNA DOT was suggested by Bruce Baryla, a revival of a “lost” Photo-Lettering Inc. font. The original was called Futura® Dot and it followed the general shapes of Paul Renner’s classic Futura® in a heavy weight. I’ve approximated the regular dot structure and based the forms of missing characters on the Renner. The spaces within each letter make them sort of transparent and nice for layering and reversing. In 3 weights. Each font includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. * Futura® is a registered trademark of Fundicion Tipografica Neufville S.A. The name is used here for reference only; my… continued

KING HAROLD was inspired by the embroidered lettering on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The Tapestry was made c.1073-83 and records King Harold’s adventures and loss at the Battle of Hastings to William the Conqueror, with a special appearance by Halley’s Comet. It measures 230 feet long (69 meters) and is one of the great examples of Romanesque art. Although armed with photographs, including some very good close-ups, I still wanted more detail to get the right feel. So I embroidered all the letters and numbers I needed, in imitation of the style of the original, and made the font from… continued

BEAD CHAIN was inspired by a book jacket of the 1920s or 30s that featured white pearls arranged to form handsome capitals. I’m using the stately forms of Gill Sans, although some letters had to be reshaped to fit the pearls better. Then, after seeing Chicago again, I made MARQUEE, a companion negative font. Use them separately or layered together. If you’re into beads and want something script, check out Pearlie. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. Here’s a nice example of Bead Chain in action in the making-of on the Hamlet 2 DVD. They’ve used it… continued

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