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 @.
BLOOPER and BLOOP SCRIPT were created to have the look of letters formed by puddles of shiny liquid. The general form of each was inspired by a classic font. Blooper takes after Cooper Black (Oswald Cooper, 1921), Bloop Script after Brush Script * (Robert E. Smith, 1942).
The set of four HANDBILL fonts were inspired by a double set of vintage rubber stamps (Thanks, Jeff!) The set is identified only as “Signprinter” from the TT.S.T Co.” and resembles Beton Bold Condensed) (Thanks, Bill!)
The Rough font gives the impression of a drier stamp pad than the dark Regular. The 3-D font can be used alone or layered with the coordinated Fill font, which could also be used alone. As there are no lowercase letterforms, I’ve included an alternate impression or placement of each cap.
JIM DANDY is my interpretation of a font that originated in the 1850′s as Gothic Shade from the Dickinson Type Foundry. It boldly suggests a political broadside, a circus poster, or a Western sign. Later this font would be known as Tombstone and Jim Crow as it was subsequently issued by other foundries in other formats. Jeff Levine jogged my memory with a scan of this gem from a 1970s dry-transfer catalog; thanks, Jeff.
KARTA was inspired by the 2-letter logo of the Johnston Paper company (below. I was stopped behind their delivery truck and quickly jotted it down.) Looks like folded paper or a paper construction. The set includes Regular and Bold which are outlines of the planes, and Solid which can be used separately or layered to create a color fill.
LE FILM is my digital interpretation of the classic analog Art Deco font of the same name.
Le Film (variously known as Film and Initiales Film) was designed by Marcel Jacno and released in 1927 by Deberny & Peignot of Paris. The characters are conceived as a line of three-dimensional forms viewed from the front and slightly to the right. The letters are negative white shapes defined by the background pattern of elliptical black dots and the solid black “sides” of the 3-D letter.
NATIONAL DEBT is the all-new, 2-font version of my “Savings Bond” font, first released in 1998. It was originally created for a 1940s-style event when I couldn’t find the font I imagined. (Later I discovered the existing font I’d wanted is called Futura Display, Function Display, Gumshoe, etc.) But my version was independently created and now has a distinctive highlighted companion font.
OAKTAG is a set of 6 unique stencil fonts, inspired by the one-character logo of England’s Channel Four. Originally called “Stencil Four”. For the regular font, I applied the same constructed style to all the characters, using a bold, condensed version of the classic font Clarendon as a reference. Channel Four has updated their logo to a 3-D style (left); now I’ve added 4 fonts to the set (and improved the appearance of the original two fonts). Mix, match and layer them!
The five PROJECT fonts were inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the film Project Moon Base (1953). Tucker brought them to my attention with a couple of very clean stills. I only knew the film from a grainy tape of when they lampooned it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s my favorite kind of scifi: laughably dated, fake, and earnest. (Also used in Crash of Moons.)
Sleek and stylish, with contemporary curves, SIRENA was inspired by the hand-lettered opening titles of the film I Married a Witch (1942, art directed by Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté, starring iconic screen siren Veronica Lake.